Therapy with Walt Odets

  • Words Tom Faber
  • Photography Cayce Clifford

The author and clinical psychologist on why self-acceptance is the key to a gay man's well-being.

  • Words Tom Faber
  • Photography Cayce Clifford

One of the first things you realize when reading Walt Odets’ book is that he must be an exceptional therapist. Out of the Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men’s Lives, published in 2019, collates the author’s insights and recollections from over 35 years of providing therapy to a clientele of gay men through the AIDS epidemic and its long aftermath. Odets, who describes the book as his “swan song,” is sensitive, probing and humane in his exploration of the psyche, at times encouraging the acceptance of ambiguities and at others disarmingly opinionated. The book feels all the more important since there are surprisingly few mainstream psychological resources specifically aimed at gay men. On release, The New York Times heralded it as “poignant and achingly beautiful.” 

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