In Working With Gay Male Clients, Douglas C. Haldeman demonstrates his eclectic, relationship-focused approach to therapy with gay men. In working with clients from this population, therapists must be aware of what it means to be part of a stigmatized sexual minority group.
In this session, Dr. Haldeman works with a young man who, although he does socialize with other gay men, does not feel entirely comfortable identifying with gay culture. Dr. Haldeman listens to and discusses the client's experiences compassionately, and then helps him to see that there is no single correct way to express one's sexual orientation.
Focusing on this young man's history of trauma, his beliefs and self-concept as a gay man, and his vision of his future together form the basis for developing a treatment strategy.