Couples Counseing for Transgender-Lesbian Couple: Student Counselors' Comfort and Discomfort with Sexuality Counseling Topics

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This article describes the supervision and training aspects of two student counselors in their service to a transgender and lesbian married couple. Through journal assignments, multiple themes emerged from these supervisees’ responses to serving this unique couple. Two critical areas of reflection included both counselors’ concerns of clinical preparedness and experiences of supervision. Beyond the descriptors of transgender and lesbian, the counselors were least comfortable with the mere discussion of sexual intimacy and its place in the presenting problem for this couple. The arenas of clinical supervision, self of the therapist, and counselor preparation as it may promote active exploration of sexual intimacy discussion in the arena of couples counseling are explored along with implications for counselor educators’ and supervisors’ own ability to promote this candid and needed discussion with supervisees.