At the October meeting, Jeff Peterson will speak on “The Importance of Accepting Your LGBT Family Member or Friend: How to Overcome the Shackles of Judgement and Shame.”
Jeff Peterson (formerly Jeff Lubsen) is the co-founder and organizer of the Healthcare Guild, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping sexual and gender minorities and affirming and culturally competent health care. The Healthcare Guild focuses on connecting consumers to LGBTQIA affirming healthcare providers and offering education and networking for providers. It is a grassroots group made of mental and medical healthcare providers dedicated to improving healthcare for sexual and gender minorities, and is free of charge for both consumers and providers. Their website is healthcareguild.com
Jeff is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and a PhD candidate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Supervision. He serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of LGBT issues in Counseling. Over the past year Jeff co-authored a chapter in the book Counseling Gay Men, adolescents, & Boys. He has given presentations at national conferences about the risks of conversion therapy, and about dealing with the psychological effects of shame.
Jeff’s private practice, Denver Psychotherapy, LLC, focuses on couples and relationship enhancement, sexual and gender identity issues, and sexual dysfunction and he currently facilitates on of Denver’s longest running gay mens’s sexual health groups.