Editor’s note: The content of this video interview between Jim Brillon of Out and Informed (TherapyCable) and Dr. Joe Kort is potentially useful and important to all LGBTQ people in understanding how they were treated during their own child development by the adults around them and how that has affected their lives.
In part 2 of our 3-part series, Dr. Joe Kort and Jim Brillon discuss the necessary orientation and process for becoming a gay-affirmative therapist. Drawing upon Dr. Kort’s quintessential book: Gay-Affirmative Therapy for the Straight Clinician, we discuss addressing our own internalized homophobia as therapists, educating ourselves about, and engaging with the LGBT community. We also discuss the crucially important aspect of recognizing that gay adults were once gay children, who developed along a different path than heterosexual adolescents.
More by Dr. Joe Kort here on GMP:
In the complicated world of sex therapy, the concepts of abuse and victimization are not as easily defined as they are in the public’s mind.
What happens when one partner wants sex more than the other? Dr. Joe Kort discusses sexual desire discrepancy.
It is crucial that we not generalize men as sexual predators waiting to pounce on any unsuspecting person just to get our sexual needs met.
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