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Kink-Affirming Practice: Culturally Competent Therapy from the Leather Chair (Paperback)

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Kink-Affirming Practice is an essential guide on how clinicians can ethically and effectively integrate elements of their client's BSDM identities and practices into their treatment planning, creative interventions, and client self-care.

Embracing both an anthropological understanding of this diverse yet still marginalized community, as well as a sex-positive approach to mental health, Stefani Goerlich recognizes the ways in which specific power exchange dynamics can evoke positive behavioral changes in clients, and guides the reader in how to integrate these concepts into their clinical work. Chapters discuss the foundations of BDSM, what is meant by kink-affirming practice, the purpose of claiming power and ceding control, integrating and reclaiming identities, dominant/submissive personas, and the benefits of caregiving kink, such as pet play. It practically discusses how to conduct a kink-affirming risk assessment, as well as exploring topics like ethical and health boundary setting, how to gain informed consent, and the unique issues that arise when clinicians catch themselves romancing the kink.

This book is invaluable reading for professionals working with clients who engage in BDSM activities, such as marriage and family therapists, sex therapists, clinical social workers, and counselors. It may also be useful reading for students on both undergraduate and graduate level human sexuality and sexuality courses.

About the Author

Stefani Goerlich is a certified sex therapist who is internationally recognized for her expertise on topics such as gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity. Her work has been showcased on the BBC, and in The New Yorker, Teen Vogue, and Cosmopolitan, and she was named one of Healthline's best Couples Counseling providers of 2020. Her book, The Leather Couch: Clinical Practice with Kinky Clients (Routledge, 2021) was the winner of the AASECT Book Award 2021 and SSTAR Professional Book Award 2021.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781032038766
ISBN-10: 1032038764
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: August 8th, 2022
Pages: 264
Language: English