GLBTQ – Gay Provider

     Talking about the struggles you have, the shame, the rejection, or your use of sex or drugs is difficult for most.   It is particularly difficult when you feel like the professional you are sharing these intimate details with is judging you or doesn’t really know what it is like for you.  Many GLBTQ adults and adolescents experience this and leave therapy.  Just as bad, they fear it may happen and never get the help they want.  Being judged or shamed by a professional who is supposed to help you is damaging.  It still happens today.  I know, I’ve experienced it and continue to experience it from time-to-time.

     For many GLBTQ adults and adolescents, knowing that they are working with a provider who is like them is important.  They want to know that they are working with someone who is more than just, “gay friendly”.  They want to know that they are talking to someone who really understands their experiences with family, culture, rejection, the gay community, and religion.

     I am an openly gay therapist.  I have loving and supportive family and friends.  I am actively engaged in the community by being an active member of the Seattle/King County HIV/AIDS Planning Council and by being a contributing writer to the SGN.  I also work and live in the neighborhood.  To many of my LGBTQ clients, knowing this is important.  Without knowing the personal details of my life, they know we have similar experiences and I can work with them without casting judgement and shame on them because of their relationships, sexuality, or experiences.

     I have built a practice where GLBTQ adults and adolescents can talk openly and safely about themselves while feeling accepted and supported.  I have built this because I have done (and continue to do) my own work.  It is from here that we establish goals and begin to create the healthy, happy, rewarding, successful lives that individuals, couples, and families are seeking.