Group Psychotherapy with Gay Men

Theoretical and Clinical Considerations
  • Robert D. Schwartz
  • Norman B. Hartstein
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


In this chapter we will describe our clinical experiences in leading therapy groups whose members were gay men who were outpatients in a general psychiatric clinic. One hundred thirty-six men have been seen in four ongoing groups conducted over a period of five years. A review of the literature will be followed by theoretical considerations with reference to self-psychology theory as it pertains to the gay experience. Clinical material will be presented to illustrate these concepts. The authors conclude that treatment groups, composed of men who identify themselves as gay, can be a valuable and potent therapeutic modality.


Sexual Orientation Group Psychotherapy Male Homosexual Homosexual Behavior Narcissistic Injury 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Schwartz
    • 1
  • Norman B. Hartstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Southern California Permanente Medical GroupLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of California at Los AngelesUSA

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