I was born in the Bronx, New York, attended Columbia College for a B.A. in English, and NYU for graduate work in English, and started covering the “gay beat” in New York City during the dawn of the AIDS crisis. I moved to Los Angeles to become a journalist for the L.A. Weekly and L.A. Times, and helped open and run Highways Performance Art Space for a decade. I wrote two books, Sacred Lips of the Bronx (St. Martin’s Press, 1994), and the social history book, Sex Between Men: An Intimate History of the Sex Lives of Gay Men, Postwar to Present.
Fairly soon after arriving in Los Angeles, I entered therapy and was introduced to the notion of facing my “shadow,” and transforming unfinished family business into experiencing of making soul. I returned to school to receive an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University and a Ph.D. at Pacifica Graduate Institute. I wrote a dissertation on the idea of Friedrich Nietzsche as a forerunner of the idea of “gay soul-making.”
I became a therapist to become more in alignment with my quest for psychological healing, and to work with others interested in making real change in their lives.
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