Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Gay Male Couples in Couple Therapy

  • Kyle SchultzEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_500


Gay couple psychotherapy; Gay couple therapy; Gay couple treatment; Same-sex couple counseling; Same-sex couple psychotherapy; Same-sex couple therapy; Same-sex couple treatment


There is a dearth of empirical research on working with gay male couples in the field of couple and family therapy. To be sure, developing our understanding of these issues would not necessitate the development of an entirely new approach to relational work. It is important to consider that there are more similarities than differences between gay male relationships and heterosexual and lesbian relationships. With this in mind, therapeutic approaches to working with heterosexual couples can be helpful, but are not all that is needed. It is important that research helps couple and family therapists to understand the ways in which the experience of gay men in relationships differs from the experience of heterosexual men and women in relationships.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
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  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA