Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp 355–370

Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy: A Phenomenological Study

  • Jonathan Lebolt

DOI: 10.1023/A:1022870129582

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Lebolt, J. Clinical Social Work Journal (1999) 27: 355. doi:10.1023/A:1022870129582


There is a need for gay and lesbian affirmative psychotherapy in a society in which gay men and lesbians endure prejudice and discrimination. Using a phenomenological model informed by feminist methodology, this study investigated the gay male client's experience of gay affirmative therapy. The participants shared their experiences in in-depth interviews. Phenomenological analysis revealed certain therapist qualities which were experienced as affirmative. Findings showed that with sensitivity, imagination, and experience, the heterosexual therapist can be gay affirmative; the gay therapist may more readily serve as a role model. Results are compared with other research, and recommendations are offered for future inquiry.

gay menpsychotherapyqualitativefeminist

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Lebolt
    • 1
  1. 1.Brooklyn