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LGBT counseling

LGBTQ Counseling

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

LGBTQ Counseling

Why do many gay, lesbian or bi people work with an LGBTQ counseling professional when it is time to get help?  Regrettably, not all therapists work comfortably with gay clients.  And they may not be familiar with the details of life for gay people.  As a result it may be easier to talk to an LGBTQ counselor.

Much the same as other people, LGBTQ people experience anxiety, depression or relationship problems.  And LGBTQ people can confront special life stressors.  Family, dating and relationships.  Sexuality.  Drug and alcohol use.  And work/life balance.  Any of these can be particular challenges for gay people.  As a result, LGBTQ people more often stressed with issues of anxiety, loneliness or social isolation.

Most of all, LGBTQ clients know I understand and support them.

I work with all kinds of people.  Gay, lesbian or bi people make up more than half of my clients.  I counsel both individuals and couples.  And I do premarital counseling.

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LGBT counselingFor more than 25 years I’ve worked in private practice as a professional counselor licensed by the State of Georgia. I studied at Saint Louis University and Purdue University.  I received a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Purdue.  In addition, I’m a member of the American Counseling Association and the Metropolitan Atlanta Therapists’ Network.  I’m also a member of the LGBTQ Therapist Resource in Atlanta.  And the Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex and Gender Expansive Identities.

As an LGBTQ counseling professional, I am nonjudgmental and compassionate.  I love practicing counseling in Atlanta.  I live and work in a diverse community.  As a result, my clients include busy professionals and people from varied economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds.  I work with people who have varied relationship styles and sexual interests..

I want to help.

Our work together is defined by your goals.  In my opinion a one-size-fits-all approach to emotional health simply doesn’t work.  And good therapy goes beyond just support.  I am also engaged with my clients.  I want  people to increase their self-understanding.  Most of all, we  work together to make life better.

I limit the number of clients I work with.  That way I can provide each person with the best care and attention.  Above all, I want therapy to be a good experience for my clients.  And whether you choose to work with me or not, check out my recommendations for getting the most from psychotherapy.  Yu will find links of interest in my Resources section.

LGBT counseling
LGBT counseling
LGBT counseling

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.  I want you to understand how counseling works.  Making things better can start with an email, or call me at (404) 874-8536.