Counseling

Posted: October 9, 2010 in Uncategorized
Tags: , , ,

That’s right…going to counseling.  That is what changed everything!

There has been too much dissonance in my life and I decided that it was time to get some help.  I began to meet with a Christian counselor and thought that I should work on my “struggles” with same-sex attraction again.  Obviously, what I had learned in my first round of counseling didn’t completely “take” so I figured I needed a refresher course on overcoming homosexuality.  And I knew that I needed help in working through all of this with my wife.  Little did I know that my counselor saw things a bit differently than what I had learned before.

I began to explain to my counselor that I suffered from “Same-Sex Attraction” (a horrible psychological disorder) and that it was affecting my marriage.  I told the counselor that my wife felt that I never seemed to give her what she really wanted from me, namely, passion.  My wife wants a husband that loves her deeply, is attracted to her, and is passionate about her.

I will never forget my counselor’s response.  She said, “What if you can’t give that to your wife?”  “Can’t???  What do you mean, ‘can’t’?”  It hit me like a ton of bricks.  My CHRISTIAN counselor…the one who refers to BIBLICAL passages in our CHRISTIAN counseling sessions…was the one who began to critique the very assumptions that I had made about homosexuality.  I figured I could “get over” this issue.  I figured I could learn to respond appropriately to my wife.  I thought I just needed to tweak my thinking a bit and learn to be a better husband.  But “CAN’T”???

The counselor went on:  “What if you can’t respond the way your wife wants you to because your brain is wired differently.  If you are gay, you surely can’t respond to your wife like a straight husband would.”  Those were fighting words to me.  “But I’m not gay!  I’m just a Christian man who suffers from same-sex attraction!”  My counselor chuckled.  “So for all these years you have believed the Christian rhetoric?  Interesting!”

My brain began to reel.  Christian rhetoric?  My Christian counselor is calling everything that I had been taught about the right way to understand homosexuality “rhetoric”???  I literally didn’t know how to process that.

And so began three months of hard work.  I would come in to each session with my ammunition (provided by Exodus International and the Christian Church) and try to blast away what my counselor was telling me.  We argued theology.  We argued psychology.  And time and time again, my counselor pointed out things in my life that pointed directly to the fact that I WAS GAY.  Literally, it got to the point where I had nothing else to say.  My counselor was able to respond to every excuse and argument I could come up with.  There was no other answer.  I had to accept it.

I am a pastor.
I am a husband.
I am a father.

And I am gay.

Advertisements
Comments
  1. Dawn says:

    God works in mysterious ways!

  2. Pomo says:

    Sounds like that counselor was worth every penny. Because he did what a counselor should do… turn your life upside down in the short run to help you in the long run… which reminds me, I need to get back to counseling! 🙂

  3. Jiggy D says:

    LOL, after reading through all of your posts today, I promptly called a counselor which is something I’ve been reluctant to do… thanks a lot!

  4. toujoursdan says:

    Thanks be to God for giving you a counsellor who is willing to be honest with you!

  5. Incredible. You’re so lucky to have found a real counselor. Someone who would tell the truth to you. Man, I wish I had found someone like that long ago. I could have saved so much money, time and heartache.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s