Working with Gay Women

  • Janet L. Wolfe


Even with the advent of the women’s liberation movement, women continue to flood our therapy offices in a ratio of two to one as compared with men. Most frequently, they present us with psychological disorders linked to powerlessness: feelings of inadequacy, chronic low self-esteem, guilt, depression, and anxiety. These symptoms are a natural by-product of women’s being steeped from childhood in the idea that their worth and happiness should derive from living for and through others (usually men and children).


Sexual Orientation Irrational Belief Frustration Tolerance Dinner Party Group Therapy Session 
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Suggested Readings

For professionals

  1. Boston Lesbian Psychologies Collective. (1987). Lesbian psychologies. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.Google Scholar
  2. Walen, S., DiGiuseppe, R., & Wessler, R. (1980). A practitioner’s guide to rational-emotive therapy. New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

For clients

  1. Darty, T., & Potter, S. (1984). Women-identified women. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.Google Scholar
  2. Ellis, A. (1988). How to stubbornly refuse to make yourself miserable about anything—yes, anything! New York: Carol Publishing/Lyle Stuart.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet L. Wolfe
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  1. 1.Institute for Rational-Emotive TherapyNew YorkUSA

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