Seduced by the Narrative

As a practicing psychotherapist of nearly 25 years I have had a close up view of how people suffer, how they come to understand that suffering and how they change. Much of my early practice was organized around helping people construct a historically grounded narrative to understand their suffering and to free them up to behave in a way that would not recreate more suffering and actually improve wellbeing.Sometime in the late 1990's it became obvious to me that this intervention was at … [Read more...]

Year in review – Top ten stories from 2006

As much for my own reference and recollection as anything else, I compiled this top ten list of stories from 2006. Since I am the only voter, the list is subjective and regular readers might arrange them differently or think I should have included another story over one of these. I am interested to hear any reactions along those lines. They are arranged in the order of the interest the story seemed to create here on the blog, not their actual importance in the real world.I first note the … [Read more...]

Top ten posts, by number of comments, 2006

I am working on a post summarizing the highlights for the year and in so doing reviewed the number of comments each post received. And here they are:Top ten posts with number of comments in parentheses:1. Alan Colmes radio show: Wayne Besen vs. Richard Cohen (76)2. Ex-ex-gay? (53)3. Big day at the NEA convention in Orlando (52)4. Australian TV documentary about gay conversion (50)5. Michael Bussee speaks out about Exodus (49)6. I am not a reparative therapist (48)7. LA Times … [Read more...]

NARTH pulls the Melonakos article

Recently, I took some exception to the outdated article, "Why Isn't Homosexuality Considered A Disorder On The Basis Of Its Medical Consequences?" by Kathleen Melonakos. It was posted on the NARTH website and reprinted at Lifesite News but has now been pulled from the site. You can still read it at the Lifesite News page. I commend Dave Pruden and the NARTH leaders who are taking seriously these concerns for accuracy.UPDATE: 1/5/06 - A commenter pointed out that the Melonakos article has now … [Read more...]

The controversy over Dr. Dobson's Time editorial

Old news by now, there is a dust up over Dr. Dobson's column regarding Mary Cheney and subsequent complaints by writers Dobson quotes. While not much is happening on this story in the mainstream press, blogs are all over it.I have not looked into the matter much and am undecided how much time I am going to spend on it. It seems to me as I read the column that Dr. Dobson cites aspects of the work of these researchers but does not say they agree with his position. This happens all the time in … [Read more...]

Unprotected review on National Review Online

National Review Online printed my review of the book Unprotected this morning. … [Read more...]

Maryland Psychological Association joins APA in same-sex marriage brief

Last month, the Maryland Psychological Association was asked by the APA to join them in filing an amicus brief in support of a MD case seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples. A Maryland psychologist made me aware of the APA request and I have been following with interest the deliberations of the MPA. The MPA president and board gave their members and psychologists nationally opportunity to offer opinions and comments about how the MPA board should respond. Although I favored neutrality, I … [Read more...]

NARTH news update

I spoke with Dave Pruden this evening and asked him about the recent changes at NARTH. Dave was quite open about some changes that were announced at the conference. He noted that Dr. Nicolosi's term as NARTH president will actually end at the 2007 conference in Dallas. At that time, president-elect Byrd will assume the helm with Dr. Nicolosi moving to past-president. A new president-elect will be voted in at the conference. To clarify, the election was a board election, rather than a membership … [Read more...]


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