Alessi, E. J., Dillon, F. R., & Van Der Horn, R. (2019). The therapeutic relationship mediates the association between affirmative practice and psychological well-being among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer clients. Psychotherapy, 56(2), 229–240. Alessi, Dillon, and Van Der Horn explore LGBTQ+ clients’ perceptions of their therapists and how these perceptions relate to psychological well-being. They discovered that the use of affirmative approaches were key in developing a strong therapeutic relationship which then led to higher rates of psychological well-being among LGBTQ+ clients.
Budge, S. L., Sinnard, M. T., & Hoyt, W. T. (2020). Longitudinal effects of psychotherapy with transgender and nonbinary clients: A randomized controlled pilot trial. Psychotherapy, 1–11. Budge, Sinnard, and Hoyt outline two different types of therapies that incorporate the affirmative approach in work with Transgender individuals. As such, this article adds to the current readings by
focusing on gender minorities rather than just sexual minorities. It also demonstrates how the affirmative approach can be integrated into existing frameworks and practices.
Colpitts, E., & Gahagan, J. (2016). The utility of resilience as a conceptual framework for understanding and measuring LGBTQ health. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15, 1–8. Colpitts and Gahagan discuss the fact that LGBTQ+ health is often discussed from a deficit perspective, which emphasizes health disparities rather than promoting well-being. They identify the concept of resilience as promising in taking a strengths-based approach to research with LGBTQ+ populations.
Iacono, G. (2019). An affirmative mindfulness approach for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth mental health. Clinical Social Work Journal, 47(2), 156–166. Iacono details how mindfulness interventions can integrate an affirmative approach to enhance effectiveness with LGBTQ youth. This article highlights how an affirmative approach can be applied to one type of intervention.
Moradi, B., & Budge, S. L. (2018). Engaging in LGBQ+ affirmative psychotherapies with all clients: Defining themes and practices. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74(11), 2028–2042. Moradi and Budge outline key aspects of affirmative psychotherapy and recommendations for incorporating the affirmative approach with all clients.