August 2, 2010 |
It's 1 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and Heidi Kling is reading in an all-white room. She's shoeless, but socks protect her feet from the 6 inches of salt that cake the floor. The only objects in the windowless room are four chaise longues and hand-molded plaster icicles that hang from the ceiling. If there were a Yeti in the room, you would swear you were on the Matterhorn at Disneyland. Normally, Kling would be at work or running errands, but today her allergies, which cause her ears to ring, have brought her to this monochrome sanctuary.
January 22, 2012 |
There is a great deal of music in the world, and no one knows exactly why. But it does have its ready uses. The music business can make you rich and famous. The pianist Christopher O'Riley admitted in The Times last week what a lot of classical musicians won't: He learned the piano, at least in part, to attract the attention of girls. As I write this, a sparkling new recording of Tod Machover's "Sparkler," an infectious overture for orchestra and live electronics, is playing on my stereo and making itself useful.
September 4, 2012
Re "Therapy that isn't," Opinion, Aug. 27 Let me add my voice in support of Lara Embry, a psychologist who rightly excoriates "conversion therapy" to change someone's sexual orientation. Such conversion therapies are harmful and without credibility or professional support, and we shouldn't be surprised that our society would take measures to make them illegal. The belief of the immorality of gay or lesbian behavior is purely religious. Until my retirement, I professionally engaged in supervising psychotherapists as a licensed clinical social worker and as a psychologist.
May 17, 2012
Gay conversion "therapy" is ineffective and harmful, The Times acknowledges in a May 11 editorial . Still, the editorial board opposes a bill in the state Senate to protect Californians from this dangerous practice. I was a gay teenager in a deeply fundamentalist Christian household, desperate to escape what I was taught was the shame and sin of my sexual orientation. A psychotherapist promised me and my parents that he could make me straight if I tried hard enough. I latched onto that hope, envisioning a new life in which I could be saved by God and accepted by my family. But that hope turned to despair -- deep despair that lasted for years -- when I realized I could not change who I was. My experience deepened my depression, shame and feelings of isolation, rejection and failure.
December 29, 2010
The picture says it all. Taken by Times photographer Rick Loomis, it neatly sums up the dysfunction of California's prison system. In the photograph, two mentally ill inmates in the Vacaville prison sit in metal cages the size of phone booths for what is supposed to be a group therapy session; a psychologist, seated several feet away and wearing a sport coat over body armor, plays an acoustic guitar and attempts to build trust by leading them in a...
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August 29, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court Thursday upheld a state law that prohibits licensed mental health therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of minors. The unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel said the never-enforced law does not violate the free speech rights of patients or professionals, or the fundamental rights of parents. The state has the right to prohibit treatment it deems harmful, the court said. Therapy to change a person's sexual orientation began when the psychiatric profession considered homosexuality a disease, a belief that was abandoned in the early 1970s.