Queer Mental Health, Queer Clinical Theory: a Conversation

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Queer Mental Health, Queer Clinical Theory: a Conversation
April 26, 2019 7:00 PM
April 26, 2019 9:00 PM
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
April 4, 2019
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States

Join authors Esther Rapoport, PsyD, Stephanie Schroeder, JD, and Teresa Theophano, LCSW for a discussion of LGBTQ mental health and their respective newly published books.
Esther Rapoport book copy

Dr. Rapoport is the author of From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real (Routledge, June 2019). Bisexuality was one of the foundational concepts of Freud’s theory – but unlike his other foundational concepts related to gender and sexuality, and despite the increasing visibility of bisexual lifestyles in contemporary society, it has received little critical attention within the psychoanalytic community. From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis is the first book to assess bisexuality through a range of psychoanalytic and critical (feminist and queer) perspectives, highlighting both the issues faced by bisexual people in contemporary society and the challenges that can be presented by bisexual clients within a clinical setting. In her talk, Esther Rapoport will critique the logical errors inherent to, and the ideological underpinnings of, the Freudian concept of bisexuality, and outline the development (or lack thereof) of this concept in post-Freudian psychoanalysis. She will then offer some alternative ways to conceptualize bisexual subjectivities through the lenses of contemporary psychoanalytic theories. Clinical vignettes will be used to explore the issue of widespread negative countertransference responses in the clinical setting and to comment on the social pressures facing bisexuals of various genders, and the resultant psychological effects.



Schroeder and Theophano’s Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness (Oxford University Press, February 2019) is a groundbreaking anthology comprised of creative nonfiction, visual art, poetry, and more from the points of view of queer and trans people with lived experience of health care–some peers, some providers, and some who fall into both categories. Schroeder, a peer counselor and independent LGBTQ mental health advocate and Theophano, a licensed social worker and community organizer–both of them writers and editors with previously published LGBTQ books and essays–will discuss their work with and long-term involvement in NYC’s queer and trans communities. They will read from their own contributions to Headcase and foster a discussion of approaches to queer mental health.


Copies of Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness are available for purchase at the Bureau. (Esther Rapoport’s From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis will be published by Routledge in June 2019). To reserve a copy of Headcase for purchase at the event, please write to us at Please support the Bureau by purchasing books from us. Thank you for your support!


StephanieSchroeder_HEADSHOT copy


Stephanie Schroeder is a freelance writer and grassroots mental health activist in NYC. Also a certified peer specialist, she works with women ages 45+ who are homeless and living with mental health issues. Stephanie’s writing has been widely anthologized and she is the author of the memoir Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide (Creative Evolution, 2012). See her website for more info:


Teresa Theophano headshot


Teresa Theophano, LCSW, is a social work supervisor and freelance writer/editor who works full-time at an LGBT nonprofit serving older adults. Teresa has contributed to numerous anthologies and websites in addition to authoring Queer Quotes (Beacon Press, 2004). She co-founded the NYC Queer Mental Health Initiative in 2014, has taught as an adjunct professor at CUNY, and currently serves on the board of directors of the NYC-based queer homeless youth program Trinity Place Shelter.


Esther Rapoport


Esther Rapoport, Psy.D is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic candidate practicing in Tel Aviv. She has worked extensively with queer, bisexual and trans clients, and frequently lectures on clinical work with people from these communities in various mental health, academic and community settings in Israel. From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis is her first book; her prior work was published in psychoanalytic journals and edited volumes as well as the Journal of Bisexuality and the anthology Bisexuality and Queer Theory: Intersections, Connections and Challenges (Lambda Award finalist for 2012). She is a political activist with the Israeli groups Coalition of Women for Peace and Psychoactive – Mental Health Professionals for Human Rights.