WHO WE ARE
We are an ad hoc umbrella organization created to enable psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapists* to visibly, clearly, and affirmatively support diverse gender and sexual identities and expressions** through marching in the NYC Reclaim Pride QUEER LIBERATION MARCH & RALLY.
Our presence demonstrates the existence of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapists who reject the pathologization of sexual and gender minorities. We reject the idealization of cis***-heteronormativity and we are growing in number.
We are a diverse group of licensed mental health professionals, graduate students, and analytic candidates who practice psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy and/or psychoanalysis.
We are LGBTQIA+** and we are allies. Many of us are affiliated with psychoanalytic institutes; many of us are not. We are social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists. We represent a variety of contemporary theoretical orientations.
What unites us is our appreciation of the value of psychoanalytic conceptual tools and therapeutic practices and a desire to recognize and honor a diversity of sexual and gender identities.
* The terms “psychodynamic psychotherapy”, “psychoanalytic psychotherapy”, and “psychoanalysis” are used interchangeably throughout this website, as are the terms “psychotherapist” and “psychoanalyst” . (See Aron and Starr’s, A “Psychotherapy for the People”: Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis (2012) for the critique of these distinctions that underlies this organizing effort.)
** Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Allies, Plus (others in the queer community who do not experience any of these terms as most descriptive of their gender and/or sexual identity, e.g., non-binary, gender nonconforming, (GNC)).
*** Cis/cisgender individuals are individuals who experience themselves as the sex/gender to which they were assigned at birth. The use of the term “cis” should not be understood as implying a trans/cis binary or spectrum (from trans to cis). This expansive conceptualization of gender rejects the premise that gender lies along a unidimensional linear scale ordered by amount of “masculinity” or “femininity”.**** Further, it is important to note that some individuals do not identify as trans or cis.
**** Factor, RJ. (2017) Sex and Gender: Beyond the Continuum. Panel Presentation. APA Division 39 Conference. New York, NY.