Experiences of Queer Youth: Therapeutic Approaches for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersexed Adolescents Through the Lens of Individual Psychology

Queer youth balance a stigmatized sexual identity with the biological characteristics of transitioning from childhood to adulthood. The combination of these variables is related to the myriad of personal and interpersonal problems reported by queer youth. This thesis explores how a diligent and flexible Individual Psychology therapeutic approach can encourage personal and interpersonal healing in the lives of queer youth. Of special interest are the Individual Psychology principles of building on strengths, finding a place to belong, and cultivating social interest. These principles will not only provide healing opportunities for queer youth, but also for the greater society.

Adam Arnold
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