Useful Information and links
Books I often refer to in therapy:
LGBT and Gender and Sexual Minority Therapy
Gender and sexual minority therapy, formerly known as gay affirmative therapy, was conceived as a response to concerns that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual individuals were not getting their needs met, even when therapists themselves identified as gay or lesbian or claimed to be affirmative.
The dilemmas and issues faced by LGBT individuals are demanding and complex and a therapist must be able to put these in an historical, social, personal and biological contexts, and most training institutions are, as yet, failing to meet the required curricular for this to be achieved.
Although I have worked extensively with gay men and lesbians, I came to understand the above at a UKCP / Pink Therapy conference 2009. I have since completed both the essentials in sexual minority therapy and the supervision of sexual minority therapy module with Pink Therapy and now offer this specialist service.
I identify as queer though this is more a political identity useful in creating a sense of solidarity between diverse and oppressed people. I view sex and sexuality as utterly fascinating and wonderful, life enhancing and a creative mode of relating. I am totally comfortable working with kink and transgressive play. I will bring an understanding of my own experience together with the ideas of contemporary writers to my work with gender and sexual minority clients.
Therapy for ME/CFS
These conditions are physiological. They are chronic, spirit breaking conditions even before interactions with most medical services. I fully support the work of ME Action UK