I am a psychologist/activist, dedicated to the dissemination of accurate information about sexual orientation, healing the wounds visited on our community by ignorance and prejudice, and working to build a positive future for everyone who identifies with diverse groups in our culture. My particular areas of expertise include sexual orientation and gender identity, men and masculinity, and the intersection of ethics and multiculturalism. I am best known for my critiques of sexual orientation conversion therapy, or so-called “reparative therapy”. You are invited to learn more about my work as a practitioner, consultant, lecturer and scholar. Welcome!
“Professional Culture and the Evolution of Health Care”; Master Lecture at the annual meeting of the California Psychological Association, Newport Beach, CA (April, 2013)
“Ethics, Law and Multicultural Psychology: Challenges in the Courts and Legislatures”, presentation at the European Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden (2013, July)
“The Silent and the Silenced: Clinical Issues with LGBT Veterans”, presentation at the Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI (2013, August)
“Sexual Orientation Change Efforts in the Legislative Arena”, discussant in panel presentation at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI (2013, August)
APA has just released my first training video, Working with Gay Male Clients. In this video, I demonstrate an eclectic, relationship-focused approach to therapy with gay men. In working with gay male clients, therapists must be aware of what it means to be part of a stigmatized sexual minority group. In this session, I work with a young man who, although he socializes with other gay men, does not feel entirely comfortable identifying with gay culture. I listen to and discuss the client’s experiences with compassion, and then help him to see that there is no single correct way to express one’s sexual orientation. Keys to this young man’s history of trauma, his beliefs and self-concept as a gay man, and his vision of his future form the basis for developing a treatment strategy.
Here’s a look at what I am currently writing for publication. Selected articles and book chapters are available for download on my Publications page