Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Counseling
An Online Friend and Counselor
Based on our experience over the past few years with persons seeking help, counseling and advice on various matters within the purview of our background we have become aware of the need for us to acknowledge our ever increasing role in meeting client needs for support. We have concluded that we can best help by providing informal and temporary counseling and referral services by email (but not in person). We will also just chat with those wishing to communicate with us.
We have identified two main areas of particular concern: crisis of faith and crisis of sexual identity.
a. Crisis of Faith. Persons who are struggling with issues of faith and unbelief who want to discuss those issues, and particularly clergy currently in ministry with concerns about ethical issues arising out of loss of faith and the conflict with their ministerial responsibilities, who want a sympathetic and hopefully helpful counselor to work through some of those issues and point to potential resources, have been routinely contacting us for assistance for the past several years. Click <here> to contact us.
b. Crisis of Sexual Identity. Almost daily we hear reports of problems in schools, youth organizations and churches with homophobia, bullying over sexual orientation, punitive actions against gay/lesbian students for displays of affection, barring gay couples from school social events and dances, gay teen suicides, parental refusal to accept that their kids are gay and even kicking kids out of their home, fear of coming out to friends and family, uncertainty and confusion over sexual identity, kids identifying as gay as early as 10 and 11 years old, kids not having anyone to talk to or any support system. It is obvious that we are failing our kids and that gay teens and the support resources they need are not finding each other.
Our counseling service is not intended as a solution to the many problems gay teens face. It is merely an initial resource for teens where they can seek help anonymously if they wish. We will provide counseling assistance with respect to “coming out” to parents and friends, dealing with parental rejection, issues related to sexual identity and sexual confusion, responding to bullying and sexual abuse, on line safety, safe sex practices, and whatever teens want to talk about in a safe context. Conversations and email exchanges with us are generally protected by clergy-client (clergy-penitent) privilege.
We do not provide therapy, mental health services or clinical counseling. Based on our training and a lifetime of work with youth in religious and secular educational organizations, we provide counseling, advice, comfort, concern, emotional support, conversation and a listening ear to those in need of an on-line friend. Where appropriate and possible we locate and refer teens to local resources where they can get help and support.
We practice “safe communication” practices. Whenever confidential personal information is disclosed to us we delete that communication to us and our responses each day and we do not keep backup copies in our files. We tell you this so that you do not need to worry about communicating with us for fear that what you tell us could be inadvertently released or discovered or disclosed in legal process or hacked files.
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