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The lived experience of men in reparative therapy
William Stanus (author)Marvin McDonald (thesis supervisor)William Dreikorn (second reader)Derrick Klaassen (second reader)Mark Yarhouse (external examiner)Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
This study is a phenomenological exploration of client voice in psychotherapy. Five men were recruited from the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic while in reparative therapy for issues related to unwanted Same-Sex Attraction (SSA). Open-ended interviews were conducted by telephone and then transcribed and analyzed via a phenomenological research methodology. Thematic analysis yielded 11 themes which described these men's experiences in therapy and the impact of therapy on their lives as a whole, including domains such as work, relationships, and sense of self. Reparative therapy for these men emerged as primarily about a struggle for healing of masculine identity. Benefits included being able to build better non-sexual relationships with men, becoming more open to intimate relating to a woman, and improving their sense of themselves as men. This research has shed further light on the process of reparative therapy as it is practiced at the Aquinas Clinic.
Gay men – Mental health.Sexual reorientation programs.Male homosexuality.Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy.