Gay Liberation Therapy Group

Gay Liberation Therapy Group

This weekly therapy group honors the rich history of gay liberation activism through a psychological theory and practice aiming to cultivate the deeper creative tendency in being homosexual. The gay psychologist Mitch Walker in 1976 called that spirit an archetypal “double,” a same-sex “soul image,” and going back 2500 years, Plato suggested the existence of a same-sex goddess of love, Aphrodite Urania. Edward Carpenter in 1914 wrote about gay people having a “double engine psychic-power,” in his Intermediate Types Among Primitive Folk. He further elaborates: “This interaction in fact, between the masculine and the feminine, this mutual illumination of logic and intuition, this combination of action and meditation, may not only raise and increase the power of each of these faculties, but it may give the mind a new quality, and a new power of perception corresponding to the blending of subject and object in consciousness. It may possibly lead to the development of that third order of perception which has been called the cosmic consciousness, and which may also be termed divination.”

It is such an uplifting gay consciousness that the gay liberation group strives to develop in participants, utilizing psycho-dynamic, gestalt and emotion-centered approaches. Further, the ancient practice of alchemy is also referenced, a psychological effort to integrate the light and dark stuff of the soul into a greater form of self-awareness. This is aimed for in particular utilizing C.G. Jung’s technique of active imagination, wherein the “contents of one’s unconscious are translated into images, narrative or personified as separate entities” (Wikipedia) that are then engagingly related with one another to produce a remarkable generative, dynamically holistic effect.

As the group addresses participants’ basic problems and concerns, while a uniquely valuable sense of gay community develops, contributing moreso to pursuit of a treasured meaningfulness possessing boundless liberational possibilities.