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"This new book is a rich source of information--written by an astute clinician whose work with same-sex-attracted clients has been groundbreaking, beginning with his 1991 book, Reparative Therapy."
"For this reason, even though I disagree with some cause-and-effect relationships proffered in this book, Dr. Nicolosi's point of view must be part of the equation in an honest, open deliberation until we arrive at ultimate scientific and clinical fact. In my over sixty years of practice as a psychologist I have seen many conditions, both medical and psychological, that were once regarded as incurable to now be readily treatable. In this early stage of the heated debate on the treatment of homosexuality and same-sex attraction, to prematurely remand all homosexuals to an unchangeable lifestyle would be a disservice to the worst order."
"Second, while there is currently a strong emphasis on empirically validated treatment modalities, all approaches initially began as theories which were clinically applied long before they were subjected to controlled clinical studies.Reparative therapy as described in Nicolosi's volume is one such modality.Empirical validation will be the next step in its development but it should not be discounted merely for being at this stage in its development.
"Third, reparative therapy, as detailed by Nicolosi, is not presented as a therapeutic cure-all nor is it presented as a model that explains each and every incidence of homosexuality.Reparative therapy is offered as a hopeful remedy grounded in one environmentally significant determinant--namely, family interaction. It is also offered as an option for religiously motivated persons who are seeking some alternative to the view that they cannot change.
In summary, Nicolosi is making room for the social-environmental hypothesis. His theories are a significant upgrading of the classic psychoanalytic model, one that accords well with classical Judeo-Christian teachings. Although in our current atmosphere there may be some risk in the publication of this book, I welcome Nicolosi's bold and valuable contribution to psychotherapy in the hope that it would influence the field to become more balanced in its approach."