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Therapy with

Walt Odets

  • Arts & Culture
  • Issue 47

Everyone carries scars from their own life. Gay men also carry those of their community. From his practice in Berkeley, clinical psychologist and author Walt Odets is working to help people heal.
Words by Tom Faber. Photography by 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


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Seven

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