About CT Survivors

A team driven by compassion and understanding

Our Mission

CT SURVIVORS is comprised of conversion therapy survivors who have joined together for healing and fellowship. Our mission is to promote safe spaces for all conversion therapy survivors by providing forums for open and vulnerable sharing. We have seen that by joining together and connecting, we are able to recover from some of the traumatic effects of conversion therapy, while also forming deep and meaningful friendships with each other.

As a community, CT SURVIVORS’ first responsibility is to our healing. With our continued growth, we look forward to ending conversion therapy through advocacy and retelling of our stories. As individual survivors, we have limited power in supporting a cause, but as a community of survivors our ability to create change is exponentially larger.

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Our Founders

Rocky Tishma

Community Outreach Coordinator

Rocky (he/him) was 16 when he endured the trauma of conversion therapy. He has battled depression and other trauma related issues since. After unsuccessfully searching for support to help deal with these issues he joined with Michael and Matt to create this community of survivors. Presently he is enrolled at Antioch University where he is completing his master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with goals to create therapeutic treatments for reuniting and healing families that have been fractured by conversion therapy.

Michael Ferguson, PhD

Chief Science Advisor

Michael (he/him) is a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics. He is a pioneer of cutting-edge research into integrative medicine with an emphasis on neuroscience and spirituality. Dr. Ferguson is a conversion therapy survivor and, to date, is the only named plaintiff in the United States to successfully sue and shut down his former conversion therapy provider in a court of law. He and his husband were the first same-sex couple legally married by the state of Utah. They currently reside together in Boston.

Matt Ashcroft

Human Rights & Social Justice Advisor

Matt (he/him) is a conversion therapy survivor whose goal is to end these harmful and devastating practices. He has spoken extensively in Canada and the United States to raise awareness about the damage caused by these abusive and fraudulent practices. Matt has been featured in numerous media sources in conjunction with his human rights and social justice activism, particular in conjunction with his work to introduce bill C-8, a Canadian bill seeking to ban conversion therapy.

Officers & Charter Members

Shlomo Satt

Communications Advsior

Shlomo (he/him) is a Communications Manager from Long Island, New York. He is a conversion therapy survivor, having gone from the ages of 16-20. Currently, he is attending Bellevue University for a Masters in Public Administration, with the goal of becoming a Nonprofit Manager. Shlomo is devoting to assisting other conversion therapy survivors and is a strong advocate for those who have endured the trauma of conversion therapy.

Jared Dixon, MS

Financial Management

Jared (he/him) is a native of Prince George’s County Maryland. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Norfolk State University in 2011 on a full academic scholarship with a Bachelor’s Degree in Optical Engineering. He completed a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2014, and currently works as a project manager for a government contractor. Jared’s experience with conversion therapy began with a nine-week teleconference by the now disbanded International Healing Foundation (IHF) at the encouragement of his parents. His first novel, “Corrupted: The Truth Shall Be The Nail In Your Coffin,” brings visibility to the issue of conversion therapy and its pervasiveness in society today. Jared currently serves as the pianist for St. Charles of Brazil parish in Linthicum Heights, Maryland. He resides in Baltimore County, Maryland.

Kimberly Anderson, MFA, MA

Charter Member

Kimberly Anderson (she/her) is a transgender woman embarking on the second half of her life reinventing nearly every aspect of who she is. She was raised in an orthodox Mormon home, living as a boy on a horse-farm in rural Northern Utah. Anderson has both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Utah State University. For over twenty-five years she was a practicing documentary and fine-art photographer and was a university lecturer for ten years in Utah. She has worked all over the world with an emphasis in Asia and Scandinavia. She was married for twenty years to a woman and together they have raised two children. Currently Anderson is a recent graduate of the University of San Francisco with an MA in Counseling Psychology. She has been practicing as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas with concentrations on Native American populations, adolescents, eating disorders, and trauma. Her particular specialty is working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families transitioning through various journeys of faith and spirituality. Anderson is the photographer and author of the Mama Dragon Story Project, an ethnographic study which features portraits and autobiographical essays from over 135 Mormon moms who have decided their love for their LGBTQ+ child is greater than religious dogma. Anderson has pursued a new spiritual path based on truth, science, and love.

Al Lindskoog

Charter Member

Al (he/him) feels that most of his life was a conversion therapy experience. Growing up in a time, home, church and world where being gay felt akin to being a criminal meant that trying to change seemed like the only option. Most of the time this was a silent, secretive inner struggle, with some more overt efforts. Rather predictably none of these efforts resulted in any change, other than further strengthening the sense of being broken and different. It’s only been in the last few years that Al has allowed Divine Love to affirm his identity as whole and complete. Good friends and helpful counsel are bringing healing. That same Love is now the center of his heart for people on the margins. Al lives on Canada’s west coast.

David Rex James

Charter Member

David (he/him) has been managing affordable housing properties for over 30 years. His greatest reward is to offer housing to previously homeless individuals.  David recently came out of the closet after decades of CT that left him feeling worthless.  He is currently employed by Heartland Alliance, a Human Rights organization, and manages a property built specifically for LGBTQ senior citizens located in the heart of Boystown – Chicago. 

David J. Schlosz, PhD

Trauma Processing Coach

David (he/him) is a psychotherapist and counselor educator who is keenly aware of the trauma and harm caused by CT. He participated in CT programs in both South Africa and the United States, one of which one was an eight-month residential program. Although he is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, he now resides in Austin, Texas, with his three teenage children. Dr. Schlosz graduated from Texas State University with a Masters’ Degree in Professional Counseling and from the University of Texas at San Antonio with his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. His primary area of research concerns the impact of conversion therapy on gay identity development. In his private practice, he uses Relational Cultural Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and EMDR to help clients process their trauma. The central tenet of his practice is best summarized by the Bantu (South African) word “Ubuntu,” which means “I am because we are” and “in being known by you – I know myself, in being seen by you – I see myself.”