Spiritual and Sexual Identity: Exploring Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients’ Perspectives of Counseling

Kristopher M. Goodrich, Juleen K. Buser, Melissa M Luke, Trevor J. Buser

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Although religious and spiritual issues have emerged as areas of focus in counseling, very few scholars have explored the meaning and experiences of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) clients who addressed their sexual and religious/spiritual identities in counseling. Using consensual qualitative research (CQR; Hill, 2012), the current study explores the perspectives of 12 LGB persons who sought counseling that involved religious/spiritual concerns. Four themes in participant interviews are identified, including (a) self-acceptance, (b) goals of counseling, (c) identification with counselor, and (d) counseling environment and relationship. Implications of findings for the counseling field are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 22 2016



  • Consensual qualitative research
  • identification
  • LGB
  • real relationship
  • religious counseling
  • spiritual counseling
  • working relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education

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