Alan Downs, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and intensively trained DBT therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California.
Dr. Downs is probably best known as author of The Velvet Rage:  Overcoming Trauma of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World.  He is also the former CEO of Michael's House Treatment Center in Palm Springs, California.  He is currently the director of the DBT Recovery Center, which provides intensive outpatient treatment for addictions.
In private practice, he provides both individual and couples psychotherapy. Dr. Downs has over a decade of experience with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and has helped hundreds of clients who struggle with emotion regulation problems.
Dr. Downs consults worldwide with individuals seeking a deeper understanding and practice of the principles outlined in The Velvet Rage.  
Dr. Downs frequently gives workshops and lectures on issues related to his work with shame and self-invalidation. Click here to view a video of one of his workshops.
To read an article about Dr. Downs from Biography Magazine (published by the Biography Channel), click here.
Attitude Magazine in London, England featured The Velvet Rage in the cover story of the September, 2010 issue.

To Schedule an Appointment

To schedule a psychotherapy appointment, please call 310-871-9368 or email appointments@alandowns.com
Dr. Downs office is centrally located to the Los Angeles area at 201 North Robertson Drive, Suite 200, Beverly Hills, California. 

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recording of
Michelangelo Signorile
interviewing Dr. Downs
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