David Pickup, LMFT (@davidpickupmft) is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Reintegrative Therapist with a clinical practice in Addison, Texas.
As well as being a member of the American Psychological Association, and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, David is a Board member for both the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, and the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).
In today’s episode we discuss the difference between reintegrative therapy and gay conversion therapy, whether or not homosexual feelings are innate or the result of socialization or trauma, how reintegrative therapy supposedly works, the quality (or lack thereof) of studies supporting these kinds of therapies, and whether or not therapies addressing homosexual feelings should be banned.
David Pickup, LMFT – David’s website
Sexual Orientation, Controversy, and Science – In-depth 2017 report by J. Michael Bailey
Journal of Human Sexuality – the official publication of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI)
Psychiatry Giant Sorry for Backing Gay ‘Cure’ – New York Times article on Robert Spitzer
Man who worked as top ‘conversion therapist’ comes out as gay – Guardian Story on David Matheson
I feel compelled to add here that I’m only recommending the “Preventing Homosexuality” book because the author, Joseph Nicolosi, is kinda the godfather of this sort of therapy, so it might prove an interesting, if not particularly scientific, read.
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