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Walt Odets, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and Author


Walt Odets Psychologist Berkeley With a private practice in clinical psychology, I provide individual psychotherapy and couples counseling at my Berkeley (San Francisco East Bay) office.  I have also written extensively about the psychological and social issues of gay men and gay communities, HIV prevention, and the US AIDS epidemic among gay men.

I have practiced psychology in the Bay Area since 1987.  During this time, I have also consulted for the Shanti Project of San Francisco; served on the AIDS Task Force of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA); consulted for the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York City; served as a clinical supervisor for the psychology intern program at Berkeley's Pacific Center; and served as a member of the United States Congress, Office of Technology Assessment evaluation workshop on AIDS prevention. 

I received a B.A. in Philosophy from Wesleyan University (1969); and an M.A. in psychology (1983), and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology (1989), both from San Francisco's Professional School of Psychology. 

I am a California licensed psychologist, PSY-12715.


I conduct a full-time private practice at my Berkeley office, in the San Francisco East Bay.  About three-quarters of my practice is devoted to individual psychotherapy with gay men and counseling for gay couples.  The remainder of my therapy hours are devoted to women, the parents of gay men, and others.

My theoretical approaches to therapy and counseling vary with the client, the issues at hand, and our mutual objectives for the therapy or counseling. I am theoretically eclectic, drawing on psychodynamic, developmental, humanistic, narrative, client-centered, and family-systems theory.

For additional discussion on therapy and counseling, please see the Psychotherapy page on the site.  You may also contact me directly if you would like to discuss possibly working together.  


I have authored one book, In the Shadow of the Epidemic: Being HIV-Negative in the Age of AIDS , a discussion of gay lives, relationships, and sexuality in the epidemic.   I have also contributed sections to seven other books. A full book listing may be found on the Books page of the site.  Complete text for some sections of Shadow is available.


The Articles page provides a listing of articles I have written on a variety of subjects, including gay male psychological development; gay male communities; gay male relationships; psychotherapy and couples counseling with gay men; and AIDS prevention.


The Talks page provides an overview of oral presentations on a range of subjects, including psychotherapy and couples counseling with gay men; the psychological dynamics of gay male relationships; substance use and abuse; new models for HIV-prevention; and the politics of AIDS in gay communities. A list of presentations is provided on the Talks page, and the full text is available for many of them.



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