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Digital Seminar

Lesbian Phobia: Strategies to Help Move Clients Beyond the Trauma of Growing Up in a Misogynistic and Heterosexist World

Dr Lauren Costine, PhD
1 Hour 32 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jul 01, 2022
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When working with lesbian clients do you sometimes find yourself stuck on how to help them develop a strong sense of self or meet their potential?
Most psychology programs don’t address lesbian issues from an affirmative perspective, leaving therapists on their own to find ways to navigate these cases. But it doesn’t have to be. Understanding the unique issues lesbians face in their lives is a game-changer.

In this recording, view Lauren Costine, PhD, (she/her) and learn the most cutting-edge techniques to help you assess and treat your lesbian clients that traditional techniques don’t always adequately address.

You’ll learn specific strategies to help lesbian clients overcome challenges with:

  • The double “ism” of sexism and heterosexism that creates lesbianphobia
  • Trauma and sense of self from growing up a woman and lesbian
  • Low self-esteem and internalized lesbianphobia
  • Dysfunctional relationship patterns, identity development, and addictions
  • Co-dependency, boundary issues, and attachment problems
  • Lesbian friendships and communities

You'll walk away with concrete tools to help you navigate sessions resulting in stronger confidence as an affirming clinician. Your clients will start experiencing a stronger sense of self, self-confidence and access to feelings of joy and well-being!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 1.75 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Dr Lauren Costine, PhD's Profile

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Awaken Therapy Center

Lauren Costine, PhD, (she/her), is a licensed psychologist, relationship coach, consultant, author, educator, and international speaker. She is a founding member of the LGBT Specialization at Antioch University, a cutting-edge psychology program which trains psychology students on how to work with the LGBTQ community affirmatively. Dr. Lauren has dedicated her life to raising awareness around Lesbian-Affirmative and LGBTQ-Affirmative psychotherapy and helping people find wholeness within themselves through the dynamic world of inner work. She has been in private practice for over 22 years and has been using telehealth in her work for years.

Dr. Lauren is the author of the book: Lesbian Love Addiction: Understanding the Urge to Merge and How to Heal When Things Go Wrong. She co-hosts a podcast called Consciousness Salon where she and her co-host, Alana Roshay, discuss various topics related to inner work, LGBTQ-affirmative psychology, and consciousness raising endeavors.

At Convalo Health International, Dr. Lauren was responsible for the development of multiple addiction treatment tracks (Core, Residential, LGBTQ-Affirmative, Prime Time, Family and Alumni) for the outpatient and intensive outpatient facilities. She supervised and managed all Convalo’s Clinical Program Directors and was involved in utilization review, documentation training, admission criteria, and clinical supervision. Dr. Lauren oversaw writing and monitoring the relevancy of the curriculum and training manuals as modalities and theoretical development change over time thereby assuring the highest quality standards, which also includes measuring client satisfaction and lifestyle improvements to maintain the most healing facilities.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Lauren Costine maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Awaken Therapy Center. She receives compensation as a consultant and receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Costine receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Lauren Costine is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.


  1. Differentiate between typical childhood trauma issues and ones unique to a lesbian growing up in a heterosexist and misogynistic world.
  2. Employ practical tools that will help clients acquire a new perspective about how their challenges and experiences in the world have influenced their dysfunctional behavioural patterns, self-esteem issues and/or compensatory defences.
  3. Integrate a lesbian-affirmative lens with other psychotherapy modalities to improve clinical outcomes.


  • How the Double “Ism” of Sexism and Heterosexism Creates lesbianphobia
  • Trauma and Sense of Self Issues From Growing Up a Woman and Lesbian
  • Self-Acceptance and Internalized Lesbianphobia
  • Unique Challenges Regarding Relationships, Addictions, and Identity Development
  • Navigate the power and challenges of lesbian friendships and communities
  • Limitations of Research and Potential Risks

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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