Gay affirmative psychotherapy

Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy (de:Affirmative Psychotherapie) is not about changing gay, lesbian, and bisexual orientations to heterosexual, or about eliminating or diminishing same-sex desires and behaviors.

Gay Affirmative psychotherapy in North America and Europe are becoming more standard. The American Organization APA offers guidelines and materials for gay affirmative psychotherapy. Affirmative psychotherapy states that homosexuality or bisexuality is not a mental illness. In fact, they embrace and affirm gay identity to be a key component to recovery from other mental illnesses, or substance abuse. There are a number of individuals for whom gay-affirmative may not be indicated. Clients whose religious beliefs teach against homosexual behavior may not profit from a psychology profession that marginalizes their beliefs. Data suggest that clients generally judge therapists who do not respect religiously-based identity outcomes to be unhelpful.


Homosexual and bisexual people learn to examine and integrate their sexual orientation. Psychologists understand that homosexuality and bisexuality are not indicative of mental illness. Psychologists are encouraged to recognize how their attitudes and knowledge about lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues may be relevant to assessment and treatment and seek consultation or make appropriate referrals when indicated. Psychologists strive to understand the ways in which social stigmatization (i.e., prejudice, discrimination, and violence) poses risks to the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Psychologists strive to understand how inaccurate or prejudicial views of homosexuality or bisexuality may affect the client's presentation in treatment and the therapeutic process.

German executive: No to conversion therapy

In March 2008 german executive (CDU/SPD) wrote, homosexuality is no illness and Conversion therapy is dangerous and doesn't help homosexual people. There is no choice to change sexual orientation The executive in Gemany said also, that Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy can help clients.


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