Queer Couch for the Straight Girl

Queer Couch for the Straight Girl

by Mark O'Connell

Queer therapist, Mark O'Connell, describes therapy with a heterosexual woman client, and how claiming his queerness, rather than playing a role of "expert," helped his client create a new story for her life.
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    I prescribed Gone Girl for my client. Yes, the best-selling psychosexual thriller about a woman who rewrites her life—and perhaps a queer suggestion for a psychotherapist to make. But I am queer, and that is why Amelie chose me.
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    Mark O'ConnellMark O'Connell, LCSW-R, MFA, is a NYC-based psychotherapist in private practice. His writing covers a range of topics related to the performing art of living, and has been published in Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, as well as popular sources, including The Huffington Post and on his Psychology Today column, Quite Queerly. He is the author of Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional 21st Century Weddings. His website is: www.markoconnelltherapist.com
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