Arlene Istar Lev is a social worker, family therapist, and educator addressing the unique therapeutic needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. She is the founder of Choices Counseling and Consulting in Albany, New York, and on the adjunct faculties of S.U.N.Y. Albany, School of Social Welfare, and Vermont College of the Union
Institute and University. She is the founder and project manager for Rainbow Access Initiative, a training program on LGBT issues for
therapists, and author of Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines
for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families and The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide.
Entries by Arlene Istar Lev
social sciences >> Developmental Psychology
Glbtq identity development has not yet been fully integrated into mainstream theories of psychological development, but recent work promises to further our understanding of the life experiences of glbtq people.
social sciences >> Domestic Violence
In the l980s, domestic violence advocates turned their attention to violence directed at, and within, the glbtq community, but much work still needs to be done.
social sciences >> Family Therapy
Glbtq family therapy is a relatively new field that merges gay-affirmative therapy with family systems theory; its goal is to help glbtq people create and maintain healthy families.
literature >> Gidlow, Elsa
Elsa Gidlow, known to many as the "poet-warrior," was unabashedly visible as an independent woman, a lesbian, a writer, and a bohemian-anarchist at a time when such visibility was both unusual and potentially dangerous.
social sciences >> Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy, the clinical process of treating mental and emotional health problems, has recently been energized by a movement to depathologize homosexuality and to enhance the dignity and self-respect of glbtq clients.