Douglas C. Haldeman, Ph.D.

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!

Doug Haldeman

Doug Haldeman

Upcoming Talks and Workshops

“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)

New Training Video

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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.

Upcoming Publications

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

  • “Changing Sexual Orientation: From Fiction to Fact”, a work for the profession and educated lay persons summarizing the scholarly work in the controversial area of sexual orientation conversion, or “reparative” therapies. This volume, co-authored by myself and Dr. Judy Glassgold, Chair of APA’s Task Force on Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation, will also assess the potentially harmful effects of these efforts, and will offer guidance for practitioners working with individuals questioning their sexual orientation, and/or who have been harmed in such “treatments”.
  • "Beyond Masculinity", a review of Gary Brooks' latest book on the evolution of traditional masculine identity and its applications for psychotherapy in the Journal of Sex Roles.