Clients' Perceptions of How Reorientation Therapy and Self-Help Can Promote Changes in Sexual Orientation

  title={Clients' Perceptions of How Reorientation Therapy and Self-Help Can Promote Changes in Sexual Orientation},
  author={A. Dean Byrd and Joseph Nicolosi and Richard W. Potts},
  journal={Psychological Reports},
  pages={28 - 3}
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