Feminist Counseling Psychology and Lesbians, Bisexual Women, and Transgender Persons

Dawn M. Szymanski and Angela N. Hilton

in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Multicultural Counseling Psychology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744220
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Feminist Counseling Psychology and Lesbians, Bisexual Women, and Transgender Persons

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Feminist counseling psychologists have made important advances to our understanding of lesbian and bisexual women and transgender persons, the challenges that they face as a result of living in a heterosexist context, and the complex interplays of navigating multiple identities and oppressions. The purpose of this chapter is to survey theory, research, and practice in hopes of presenting readers with a snapshot of the current status of scholarship in this area and to foster mental health professionals culturally competent, empirically based services to this population. We critically review nine main areas: (a) sexual identity development, (b) transgender identity development, (c) similarities and differences between lesbian and bisexual women, (d) the links between external and internalized oppression and psychosocial health, (e) coping with and resisting oppression, (f) immigration and acculturation, (g) life span transitions and issues, (h) career development and workplace issues, and (i) counseling and psychotherapy issues.

Keywords: Heterosexism; sexism; lesbians; bisexual women; coping; sexual identity; mental health

Article.  18489 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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