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Hi I'm Reed

I am a therapist who works with people who struggle with addictions. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small Idaho town, but have lived in a few more urban areas, including the Bay Area of CA. I love outdoor activities and have had the distinct experience of climbing the Grand Teton, along with a handful of other tall mountains (Borah, Elbert). My wife and I have 5 married children, and 17 grandchildren that are the focal point of our lives. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work and doctoral work toward a degree in Counseling Psychology. I have worked for over 30 years doing a wide range of therapy with individuals and couples. My current work is with young adults who struggle with addiciton.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I grew up as a Mormon, I needed to have more than a cultural reason to believe. I wrestled with myself, and with the secular notions that dominate our time. Over time, I began to have experience after experience which confirmed to me through the Holy Ghost of the reality and truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I also came to my own knowledge of the truth of the Book of Mormon, and of how God speaks to us even in our day through living prophets. No other church teaches in the same way that we are part of God's family, that He is willing to bestow great blessings upon us, including being together, not "till death do you part," but for all of eternity. I want to be in the presence of God, but I desperately desire that I also be with my beloved wife of 36 years, my five children and their spouses, and my 17 grandchildren. What more powerful motivation could there ever be?

How I live my faith

I am blessed by my faith, and with 3 decades of experience in the counseling profession, I have been benefited through my work as well. My profession has become more and more effective in helping people with a wide range of struggles and maladies. But as wonderful as my profession is at assisting people to change maladaptive behaviors, I have come to know that changing peoples natures is the domain of our Father in Heaven. I have wrestled with my own self defeating behaviors, but have found a steady and increasing assistance from and dependance upon Heaven in my personal journey. Likewise, I have watched many men who struggle with addictions over time find new adaptive ways to deal with life, which I personally believe could not have been remotely as effective without the help of a loving God.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

One of the privaleges I have had in my profession, is to assist in therapy LDS men who have struggled with same gender attraction, but who also desire to live the commandments of God as they understand them. These men are beloved of God! Their contribution to their LDS congregations and the communities where they live is large and positive. The men I have known with this struggle, with few exceptions, act in faith that God will bless them in His own way. Though there are a small number of these men who desire to accomodate the current direction in laws and practices, I have seen a much larger number who are not desirous to walk that path. I have not experienced them as repressed or pressured, but rather thoughtful, prayerful, faithful men. I do not claim to know all the answers to these complicated issues, but I have faith the God who does. Show more Show less