AEDP Institute

SEMINAR: Gil Tunnell – Queens, NY

Gay Couplehood

a St John’s Postgraduate Integrative Couple and Family Therapy Program Presention with Gil Tunnell, PhD

This course will explore the marginalization of gay individuals and gay couples and how they feel invisible.  Through forming healthy attachments they are able to form meaningful relationships enabling them to create a couple identity that fosters differentiation and intimacy. They are able to create a “twosome” giving them a sense of belonging, purpose and meaning in the world of couples. Three tasks of couplehood will be described and explored and the difficult road for gay men in being a couple will be explored.

Meet the Presenter

Gil Tunnell, PhD

Gil Tunnell, PhD, completed a three-year core training in AEDP with Diana Fosha in 2007.  His special interest is applying individual AEDP to couple therapy.  In the late 1980s, he trained in Structural Family Therapy under Salvador Minuchin, M.D., and has written on the differences between Structural Therapy and AEDP (Tunnell, G. (2015). Facilitating transformance for couples: A comparison between Structural Family Therapy and AEDP. Transformance Journal, 6 (1)), and with families (Tunnell, G. (2006), “Postscript 10 years after: ‘The Oedipal Son’ revisited” in S. Minuchin et al, Mastering Family Therapy: Journeys of Growth and Transformation (Wiley).    Dr. Tunnell is co-author with David Greenan of Couple Therapy with Gay Men (Guilford, 2002), and has published widely on working with gay male couples (Tunnell, G. (2012). Gay male couple therapy: An attachment model.  In J. J. Bigner & J. L. Wetchler (Eds.), Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy. Routledge).  He also has a chapter in a book which received the 2011 Distinguished Book Award from Division 44 of the American Psychological Association (Tunnell, G., (2011). An attachment perspective on the first interview: Accelerated Experiential  Dynamic Psychotherapy. In C. Silverstein (Ed.), The Initial Psychotherapy Interview: A Gay Man Seeks Treatment, New York: Elsevier Insight Books.  Dr. Tunnell also trained in family therapy with Maurizio Andolfi in Rome, Italy.  He previously was director of family therapy training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, and is Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he teaches family and couple therapy.  He is in private practice in New York City.

Date, Time and Location

Date: Friday, January 25, 2019

Time:  10:00am – 1:00pm

St. John’s University
Queens Campus:
Marillac Buidling, R. 403
Queens, NY 11439

Fee and Registration:

  • $85

Click here to register

or to register by phone: call 718 990 5430 or the Director of the Integrative Couple and Family Therapy Dr. Pitta at 516 627 3056

Event Details:


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


New York City
New York, New York

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