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John Ballew counselor

LGBT affirmative counseling in Midtown Atlanta

John R. Ballew, M.S., Licensed Professional Counselor


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When you’re looking for LGBT affirmative counseling, finding a professional counselor who knows the gay community from inside is important.  First of all, a strong professional relationship between client and counselor is easier to build when the client doesn’t have to explain the details of LGBT life.  And working with a counselor who is a member of the LGBT community helps you to get to work more quickly.  I work with all types of people.  Typically, half the people I work with are gay, lesbian or bisexual.

My counseling work uses a client-centered approach.  Techniques like cognitive therapy and mindfulness often help.  My LGBT therapistprofessional training was at Saint Louis University and Purdue University.  I have a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Purdue.  I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex and Gender Expansive Identities..  Locally, I’m a member of both the LGBTQ Therapist Resource, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Therapists’ Network.

Marriage equality means same-sex couples sometimes think more intently about commitment they make to one another.  LGBT affirmative counseling helps clients strengthen their commitment and work through roadblocks.  I work with both couples and individuals.  And I offer premarital counseling.  You can learn more about couples counseling here.

In addition to my work as a psychotherapist, I have been a facilitator for The Body Electric School for more than 20 years.  My teaching for Body Electric helps men to re-experience sexuality in a healthy way.  Psychotherapy can help both individuals and couples work through problems related to sexuality.  My approach to sexuality is open, respectful and sensitive.

I’ve written many articles for LGBT publications.  You can check them out here.he choice of a counselor is an important one  That is especially if you’ve not sought professional help before.  I will do my best to create a safe and comfortable environment of you.  I’ll listen to your concerns and explain what I believe will help.  I want my clients to feel informed throughout our work together.  Information about my counseling and psychotherapy policies and practices will help you learn more about how I work.

 John Ballew LGBT affmirative counselingAbout John

I have been  licensed by the State of Georgia as a professional counselor for more than 25 years.  My passion is helping people build happier lives and stronger relationships.

My approach to counseling is nonjudgmental and compassionate.  I know it isn’t always easy to talk about problems.  You’ll find I’m open-hearted and a good listener.

Good LGBT affirmative counseling goes beyond just listening and support. I am engaged with my clients to help them gain greater self-understanding and make the changes that make life better. Above all, our work together is determined by your goals.  A preconceived or one-size-fits-all approach to emotional health doesn’t work.

I limit the number of clients I work with so I can provide each person with the best possible care and attention.  My intention is to keep us focused.  Focus makes counseling more effective.

Let's get started.

Worked with a therapist before?  Exploring counseling for the first time?  Either way, you probably have questions.  Because I want you to have the information you need to make a good decision, I welcome conversation about working together.  I am happy to discuss your situation and help you get to know how I work.  Making things better can start with an email, or call me at (404) 874-8536.

Hours by appointment.

537 Linwood Ave., NE – Atlanta, GA  30306

(404) 874-8536 – johnballew@gmail.com