In Coming Out in Adulthood, Dr. Ritch C. Savin-Williams demonstrates his approach to working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and same-sex attracted clients. Dr. Savin-Williams sees his therapeutic task as determining whether—and, if so, how—sexuality impacts a client's self-perception, identity, relationships with parents and friends, romantic relationships, career options, and choices among many life issues. Although primarily developmental and psychodynamic, Dr. Savin-Williams broadly employs an eclectic approach, the goal of which is to instill a sense of optimism in a world that remains heterocentric.
In this session, Dr. Savin-Williams works with an African American woman in her early 40s who had married and had two children before coming out as lesbian. Dr. Savin-Williams listens as the client recalls raising sons in a gay household, her mother's reaction to her coming out, and ongoing discomfort when in public with her partner.