I really hate writing these. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, working with a private mental health agency. My work is quite diverse including children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have experience treating emotional disorders, like anxiety and depression, addiction, and grief, as well as working with individuals from the LGBT community.
I decided to enter the Counseling Profession after my personal “struggle” with same-sex attraction. I word it that way to communicate that I no longer “struggle” with, but do still experience same-sex attraction. Although there was a time in my life when I would have identified myself as Gay, I currently describe my sexual orientation as bisexual, without taking a sexual orientation identity label. I am happy in my monogamous heterosexual marriage of seven years. My wife and I have adopted three beautiful foster children.
While in school, I organized a peer support group for LDS SSA individuals. Later we worked with local LDS leaders to organize a regional fireside addressing Same-Gender Attraction in the church with the goal of increasing awareness and compassion among lay church leaders. I have also participated in the North Star and People Can Change organizations, though my involvement with them has been minimal for the last three years.