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dc.contributor.advisorAppel, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorKirby, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-05T00:35:28Z
dc.date.available2018-02-05T00:35:28Z
dc.date.copyright2008
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/11160
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation explores the issue of doing psychotherapy with ego-dissonant gay male clients. The methodology used is a modified systematic literature review with clinical illustrations. A dichotomy exists in the literature in relation to treating egodissonant gay clients who experience conflict between their sexuality and opposing values and beliefs. Each position tends to respond with a limited, exclusionary choice to either reject or accept one’s sexual orientation. This dissertation examines if there is a way to treat ego-dissonant clients without endorsing homophobic treatments or negating opposing values and beliefs. Freud’s views on homosexuality and sexual reorientation are delineated to inform and contextualise later writings on the subject. A review of conversion therapy and gay-affirmative therapy investigates the evidence of each, following which emerging integrative solutions are examined. Finally, a Kleinian model is proposed for individuals where neither a choice of a side nor comfortable resolution of the conflict seems feasible. While it is proposed that gay-affirmative therapy benefits the majority of ego-dissonant gay clients, this study recognises that each psychotherapeutic paradigm discussed caters, to some degree, to the uniquely different needs of individuals.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen_NZ
dc.subjectGays counsellingen_NZ
dc.subjectHomosexualityen_NZ
dc.subjectSexualityen_NZ
dc.titleConversion therapy versus gay-affirmative therapy: Working with ego-dissonant gay clientsen_NZ
dc.typeDissertationen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Health Scienceen_NZ
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