Douglas C. Haldeman Ph.D.

Douglas C. Haldeman

Dr. Haldeman received his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Washington in 1983, and started full-time independent practice in Seattle in 1984. He found early on that the profession was so diverse, and the lesbian and gay database in psychology so new, that his own clinical and research interests in sexual orientation enabled him to make a contribution to the mental health needs of lesbian and gay people, as well as educating a dominant culture in dire need of accurate information about sexual orientation and gender identity.

After starting his practice, Haldeman began to explore particular areas within the competent and ethical treatment of lesbian, gay and bisexual clients. He had been working with a number of men who had been abused - both emotionally and physically - while undergoing prior "therapeutic" attempts to change their sexual orientation. The Lesbian and Gay Concerns Committee of the Washington State Psychological Association was exploring the potential abuses of what is known as "sexual orientation conversion therapy." Haldeman had subsequent opportunities to write articles and co-author the American Psychological Association's 1997 policy statement on Conversion Therapy and its Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian and Gay Clients. He also lectured and is writing a book on the subject.

Dr. Haldeman maintained a full-time practice in the Pike Place Market neighborhood of Seattle for 30 years, with a special focus on the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender) Community. At present, he is Chair of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California. He also specializes in relationship counseling with both heterosexual and gay/lesbian couples and families, and lectures all over the world on the ethical and competent treatment of marginalized groups, and the relationship between culture and mental health.

He is active in the American Psychological Association (APA), and has served in a number of positions in APA governance, including the Association's Board of Directors. Haldeman has also served on the APA's Ethics Committee, the Committee on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns, and the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI). He is presently a member of the Association's Policy and Planning Board, as well as its Council of Representatives. He has also been a member of the Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) since 1984, and the California Psychological Association since 2007. For twenty years, he has been affiliated with the University of Washington's Psychology Department as a clinical faculty member, and evaluates pilots and air traffic controllers for the Federal Aviation Administration.

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