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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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If you’re looking for LGBT affirmative counseling, finding a professional who knows your community from the inside can make all the difference.  A strong professional relationship between client and counselor is easier to build when you know you don’t have to explain the details of gay, lesbian or bisexual life.  Working with a counselor who is a member of the LGBT community helps you to get to work more quickly to build the life you want.  I work with all types of people; typically, about half of the clients I work with are gay, lesbian or bisexual.

As marriage has become an option for our community, I find that many people in committed relationships of long-standing find themselves asking questions and struggling with what the marriage option means.  LGBT affirmative counseling is a great place to explore these questions.  I work with couples as well as 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, helping men to re-experience sexuality in a healthy way.  Helping clients work through sensitive issues of sexuality in a sensitive and professional way is comfortable for me.

I’ve written many articles for LGBT publications.  You can check them out here.

My practice of counseling includes cognitive therapy, mindfulness and a client-centered approach.  My commitment is to help you make your life better.  I have a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University and years of on-going training in a host of techniques.  I am a member of the American Counseling Association, the LGBTQ Therapist Resource, the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Therapists’ Network.

LGBT affirmative counseling

The decision to find a counselor isn’t always an easy one – 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, so if you have questions I hope you’ll ask.   Information about my counseling and psychotherapy policies and practices will help you find out 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. Our work together is determined by your goals, not a per-conceived or one-size-fits-all approach to emotional health.

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 on your goals, which helps make counseling more effective. I invite you to explore the articles I’ve written on topics many of my clients have brought to counseling.  And whether you choose to work with me or not, you may want to look at my recommendations for getting the most from work with your counselor.

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Whether you've worked with a therapist before or are exploring counseling for the first time, you probably have questions.  It is important to have the information you need to make a good decision when selecting a therapist.  I welcome your questions -- about your specific situation, about me or about my approach to therapy. Making things better can start with an email, or you can call me at (404) 874-8536.

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Hours by appointment.

537 Linwood Ave., NE – Atlanta, GA  30306

(404) 874-8536 – johnballew@gmail.com