LGBTQ Christian Counseling
Tres Adames and Alicia Johnston provide pastoral counseling for LGBTQ individuals, couples, or those questioning their sexuality. Both counselors specialize in providing spiritual insight and wisdom for those who are struggling with reconciling their sexual and Christian identities and are searching for support. They also offer pastoral counseling for LGBTQ-identified persons on various emotional, relational, and spiritual issues.
Our goal is to help clients find congruence with their faith and sexuality, understanding that clients come from various theological backgrounds, and have different perspectives on how that affects their faith and personal future. We help people find peace with who they are and help them reconcile that with their own faith and spirituality. We do not offer any type of counseling that seeks to change a person's sexual orientation or identity.
Tres and Alicia now provide affirming LGBTQ counseling in Phoenix through our newly formed sister practice, Prism Counseling.
Arizona Christian Counseling does not provide or promote conversion therapy.
Conversion therapy refers to any attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or identity, whether through psychotherapy, pastoral counseling, or support group programs. We are strongly opposed to these approaches as conversion therapy is unethical and dangerous.
Conversion therapy is even illegal in some states and may go by various names or "brands" including: reparative therapy, ex-gay therapy, same-sex attraction therapy, sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), sexual attraction fluidity exploration in therapy (SAFE-T), or Reintegrative Therapy. Some will even assert to not be conversion therapy — but any attempt to change a person's sexual orientation or identity (or a promise that change will occur, either directly or implied) is considered unethical by every major medical association.
Special Podcast Episodes
Listen to our special podcast episode for LGBTQ Christians who may be struggling to reconcile their faith and sexuality. Listen Now >>
We discuss positive and supportive ways to respond when an LGBTQ loved one comes out to you (even if it's news that you may not understand or agree with) Listen Now >>
For those who hold to the traditional view on marriage, this interview with Gregory Coles talks about his journey as a celibate gay Christian. Listen Now >>
An exclusive interview with McKrae Game, former leader of one of the largest ex-gay organizations in the country who now denounces conversion therapy. Listen Now >>