50 Distinguished Sexual and Gender Health Revolutionaries


DOMINIC DAVIES

I’ve been privileged to have contact with Dominic for several years. Firstly, through emails, as a contact with Pink Therapy. In the last few years as my counselling supervisor. Lastly as my tutor and mentor on the Pink Therapy Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity Therapy diploma. A well desired award.

Congratulations to my supervisor, tutor, mentor, and friend! ๐ŸŒˆ

The text below is from the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at The University of Minnesota, which lists the other recipients of their 50 Distinguished Sexual and Gender Health Revolutionaries award.

Dominic Davies
Dominic

Dominic Davies is Founder and CEO of Pink Therapy. He has worked as a psychotherapist, clinical sexologist and practice consultant for almost 40 years. He has been referred to as the grandfather of LGBTQ+ therapy. He has pioneered the development of Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity Therapy in the UK and Europe.

In 1986 Dominic was appointed to spearhead an HIV Prevention and Caring for People with AIDS project for the whole of the Mersey Region. Whilst in post, he directed a training programme all the Buddies in Manchester and Mersey Region. He also ran Eroticising Safer Sex workshops in gay bars and various other pioneering health initiatives. After a move back into University Counselling, he wrote the majority of the first British textbook on Counselling with LGB clients and together with Charles Neal, co-edited a further two volumes (1996 & 2000). He has just started co-editing two further volumes with Silva Neves. He has contributed numerous other papers and chapters to the literature of this emerging field and presented at many national and international conferences including taking a team of Pink Therapy faculty and colleagues to WAS in 2019.

Pink Therapy is one of the original signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy and Dominic has been active in advising the leading psy/therapy bodies about this as well as consulting to the Council of Europe on this issue. The UK Government are now working on a legal ban.


Over the years Dominic has received a number of honours and awards for his pioneering work in the field of gender and sexuality. In 2015 He received the Practitioner award from the Sexualities Section of the British Psychological Society. He is the only non-psychologist to ever receive this award. In 2016 He was made a Fellow of the National Counselling Society and last year, in 2018 Dominic received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sexual Freedom. Dominic has also been made a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists. Fellowship is the highest level of membership for these professional bodies.

For the last decade, Dominic has directed a two-year Diploma in GSRD Therapy (the last five years has been online) with students across the world studying and sharing their pioneering work with the International Faculty. He mentors, supervises and supports therapists across the world.

Beginnings

After much thought decided to add a blog about different aspects of counselling. Obviously, this will not be for discussing clients or things that they bring to sessions. I have a supervisor for that. It will be about myself. Things I’ve read or am learning – I see learning as a lifelong endeavour. Yes, I have a psychology degree, plus a diploma in counselling, yet there is ever more to be learnt about myself and how to be a more engaged congruent, empathic, loving person and counsellor. As such, I’ll share continued further development of myself as an individual and as a counsellor.

Having this past September (2018) started a new diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy there will probably be much concerning that. There will also be reviews of books, magazines and web articles, experiences on courses, sharing of others blogs.

If there is a theme, it will likely be connected to Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversities (GSRD).

How often will this page be updated? Weekly I don’t see as an option. Maybe monthly, maybe fortnightly. we’ll see ๐Ÿ™‚