Sexual Identity Therapy to Address Religious & Spiritual Conflicts. Co-Chairs: Mark A. Yarhouse, PsyD & Lee Beckstead, PhD Participants: Warren Throckmorton, PhD Erica S. N. Tan, PsyD Lee Beckstead, PhD Mark A. Yarhouse, PsyD APA August 17, 2007.
Sexual Identity Therapy to Address Religious & Spiritual Conflicts
Co-Chairs: Mark A. Yarhouse, PsyD & Lee Beckstead, PhD
Warren Throckmorton, PhD
Erica S. N. Tan, PsyD
Lee Beckstead, PhD
Mark A. Yarhouse, PsyD
APA August 17, 2007
Sexual Identity Therapy Framework: Practice Framework for Navigating Religious Conflicts
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.
Grove City College
By Warren Throckmorton and Mark Yarhouse
Practice Framework for Managing Religious and Sexual Identity Conflicts
“Drs. Throckmorton and Yarhouse have brilliantly resolved contention in psychotherapy by providing the field with unbiased guidelines that are responsive to scientific evidence, are sensitive to professional practice, and which restore patient determination in choosing his/her goals in psychotherapy.”
- Dr. Nicholas Cummings, Past President, American Psychological Association
Orientation describes the pattern of sexual and emotional attractions experienced by a person – the “givens” of a person’s sexuality.
Sexual identity refers to a personal identification with sociocultural categories of gay, straight, bi, and so on.
In Sexual Identity Therapy, “the focus is on sexual identity as a construct that incorporates the person’s assessment sexual orientation, emotional preferences and inclinations to engage in sexual activities.”
Advanced Informed Consent
Social integration of a valued identity
Milestone events in the history of distress
Systems assessment (religion, sexual identity, etc.)
Mental health status
Quality of Life measures
Mental health measures as needed
“In the authors’ experience, some clients are satisfied with therapy once they work through their questions and concerns via the informed consent phase. Clients may begin to identify ways to live that are consistent with their beliefs and values.”
Psychotherapy, then, is a process for seeking congruence with one’s beliefs and values and one’s behavior and identity.
Explore the practical elements of a synthesized sexual identity
Develop social support
Ongoing assessment of client desire and direction, as well as client’s emotional status
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