Advanced Praise for Kink-Affirming Practice: Culturally Competent Therapy from The Leather Chair
"AASECT award winning author, Stefani Goerlich leads us into another conversation with her masterful analysis of the world of kink and offers real world depictions of members who are a part of these communities. The book gracefully weaves kink history, experiential narratives, reflections, and tools for us to become more kink aware and empowered. This exegesis is a must have for all sexuality professionals and the constituents they serve."
James C. Wadley, Ph.D., CST-S Director of the Sex Therapy Program for Council for Relationships (Philadelphia, USA) Series Editor of Leading Conversations about Black Sexualities and Identities
"Far too many mental health therapists know far too little about the complex diversity of kink. If you're a therapist treating kinky people (you probably are, and just don't know it) you need to read this book. Goerlich offers nuanced, sophisticated, thoughtful and deeply grounded clinical wisdom to help you help your kinky patients in affirming, non-shaming, positive and healthy ways."
"As a sex educator whose work centers around Kink /BDSM and ethical nonmonogamy, it has become evident that the world needs more mental health providers who are not just open to understanding lifestyles outside what is currently considered the norm and the people who inhabit them but genuinely understand the world of Kink /BDSM more expansively. Stefani Goerlich enthusiastically acknowledges that Kink has always been treacherous terrain to navigate for those who practice it and the mental health care providers who serve them. The Leather Couch: Clinical Practice with Kinky Clients was the beginning of a bridge over that terrain and Kink-Affirming Practicecontinues to build on that bridge in an open, honest, and accessible way."
“Stefani Goerlich has done it again! Building on the tremendous resource that “The Leather Couch” has been for clinicians, Goerlich here writes a book that is both BDSM introduction and kink clinical competence guide. This book has insights and discussions that are worthwhile for a diverse array of clinicians working with kink communities.”
Steve Ratcliff, MA, LPCC, LPC, NCC, CST Private practice therapist (Albuquerque, NM) Board Member, National Coalition for Sexual Freedom & Volunteer, The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance (TASHRA)