Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities
About the Book
As more clinicians train in mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies, the demand for skills specifically for treating diverse clients grows. In this much-needed edited volume, you’ll find evidence-based strategies for treating gender and sexual minorities with acceptance and compassion for better treatment outcomes.
Gender and sexual minorities face unique concerns and, according to research, are actually more likely to want and seek therapeutic help due to greater levels of psychological distress. But research also shows that many psychologists and therapists do not feel adequately educated or efficacious discussing topics related to sexuality and gender in clinical practice. This book will address this significant gap with evidence-based and best-practice interventions and applications.
Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities offers a number of practical strategies within a contextual behavioral science framework, including mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, compassion-focused therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), relational frame theory (RFT), and more. With chapters on stigma, shame, relationships, and parenting, this book will be a valuable resource for all therapists.
If you’re a clinician, you understand the ongoing need for cutting-edge, effective approaches for treating a variety of clients. With this guide, you’ll learn about the unique application of contextual behavioral approaches as they relate specifically to the experiences of gender and sexual minorities, and feel better equipped to help all of your clients work toward happiness and health.
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—Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, and codeveloper of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
—Ilan H. Meyer, PhD, Williams Distinguished Senior Scholar of Public Policy at The Williams Institute UCLA School of Law, and coeditor of The Health of Sexual Minorities
—Steven Safren, clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Miami
—Robert J. Kohlenberg, PhD, ABPP, professor in the department of psychology at the Center for the Science of Social Connection at the University of Washington
—Jenna LeJeune, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist, and cofounder and director of clinical services at Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research, and Training Center in Portland, OR
—Mavis Tsai, PhD, coauthor of A Guide to Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and research scientist and clinical faculty at the University of Washington
—Jayme L. Peta, PhD, coauthor of The Gender Quest Workbook
—Kelly G. Wilson, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Mississippi
—Dennis Tirch PhD, coauthor of The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to the Science of Compassion, and founder of The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy
—Paul Gilbert, PhD, FBPsS, OBE, professor of clinical psychology at the University of Derby, and author of Human Nature and Suffering and The Compassionate Mind
—Laura Silberstein, PsyD, director and clinical psychologist at The Center for Compassion Focused Therapy in New York City, NY, and coauthor of The ACT Practitioner’s Guide to the Science of Compassion and Buddhist Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
“Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities is a thought-provoking journey for those who serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. It is also a self-reflecting glimpse for those who are learning how to understand, develop, and manage the many facets of being a part of the LGBT identity, and the joys and struggles related to the process of owning your sense of self.”
Robin McGehee, cofounder of GetEQUAL
“I had the pleasure of attending a few ACT workshops, both daylong and brief, and found ACT’s way of pinpointing, relating, and neutralizing the deeply ingrained patterns of negative self-identity as wholly refreshing. It was as if facilitator Aisling Curtin coaxed what we didn’t realize we’d always known, regarding how the world can cause us to feel displaced, dysfunctional, and othered. What Curtin and coeditor Matthew Skinta have done here is apply these individuated, gentle, and psychically loosening techniques to identity groups currently in the maelstrom of public scrutiny, as they incrementally gain equal rights across the West.”
—Clara Rose Thornton, culture journalist and radio and television broadcaster focusing on identity politics; InkBlot Complex
“Skinta and Curtin have achieved a rare feat in this volume: along with their contributors, they have delivered a book that captures the zeitgeist of today’s contextual psychology with as much depth and nuance as they bring to their discussion of clinical issues and approaches with LGBT clients. The result is a text that speaks equally to experts in contextual psychology who are eager to increase their cultural competence with LGBT clients, as well as those who are keenly familiar with LGBT populations who are eager to learn and incorporate acceptance and mindfulness approaches within their work. No matter which end of the spectrum the reader comes from, they will walk away with a thorough, practical, and immediately applicable knowledge base in both arenas.”
—Mary P. Loudon, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and certified functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP) trainer