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Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals

Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals
A Practical Guide

© 2013 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Questions of sexuality and gender affect everyone and therefore have an inevitable relevance in the consulting room. Yet with interpretations and manifestations of both varying greatly from person to person, understanding the inherent complexities of sexuality and gender can be a daunting task for the health professional. Breaking down these complexities this practical guide familiarises the reader with all of the common and many of the less common sexualities, genders and relationship forms, and explains experiences and issues relating to each. The book contains:


-Explanations of various forms of sexuality, gender and relationship structures

-Common concerns relating to specific groups

-Key practises relating to specific groups

-The treatment of specific groups in contemporary Western society

-Details of some rules and ideals that are commonly found within specific groups

-Suggestions for professional practice with these groups


Ideal for all members of the multidisciplinary team, this accessible book is relevant to practitioners across theoretical backgrounds. Whether you are a trainee or qualified psychotherapist, counsellor, nurse, medic, psychiatrist, social worker or applied psychologist, this is a vital text for your professional practice.

CHRISTINA RICHARDS is Senior Specialist Psychology Associate at the West London Mental Health NHS Trust (Charing Cross) Gender Identity Clinic.

MEG BARKER is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a sex and relationship therapist.


Transgender (Trans) - Living a different gender from that assigned at birth
Intersex / Diversity of Sexual Development (DSD)
Cisgender - Living in the gender assigned at birth
Further Genders
Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and Submission, and Sadomasochism (BDSM) / Kink
Lesbian and Gay sexuality
Further Sexualities

A cogent, carefully crafted and comprehensive introduction to the complexities of genders, sexualities and relationships which challenges our assumptions about normality and difference, refreshingly including heterosexuality, asexuality and BDSM alongside LGB and T*.

Dominic Davies
Founder of Pink Therapy

I would urge any training organisation in counselling and psychotherapy to make this book compulsory reading for all their students and I would extend this invitation to anyone working with sexuality in their clinical practice. This is a timely and much needed exploration of sexuality, gender and relationship and their intersections.

Olivier Cormier-Otaño
Therapy Today

Filling an enormous void in the literature, this book teaches health professionals the essentials of cultural sensitivity when working with issues of sexuality and gender.

Charles Moser, PhD,MD.
Fellow of the European Committee of Sexual Medicine and Professor and Chair of the Department of Sexual Medicine at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality

A lucidly written "one stop shop" counselling primer on transgender, transvestism, intersex, gay and lesbian, bisexuality, asexuality, bondage, adult/baby role play, monogamy yes/no, and even heterosexuality. Although limited to 220 pages, it manages to convey a learned, sensible, empathic, client-oriented perspective for each group.

Richard Green MD JD FRCPsych
Retired Consultant Psychiatrist, Gender Identity Clinic, Charing Cross Hospital, London; Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

This book gives even-handed, clear-eyed and above all thoroughly practical advice to anyone seeking to better understand these client groups.

Dr James Barrett
Consultant Psychiatrist and Lead Clinician, West London Mental Health NHS Trust

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