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Alan Downs, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and intensively trained Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Downs, author of The Velvet Rage: Overcoming Trauma of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World, 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 mental health issues, substance abuse, addictions, and emotion regulation problems. In private practice, he provides both individual and couples psychotherapy.