Are there any Conservative Counselors?

Guys….I’m officially coming out of the closet.  I can’t live in silence about who I truly am any longer.  That is why I am coming out…..as a conservative.  

This isn’t the same closet we think of whenever someone says they are “coming out.”  I would argue in this culture, though, that my version of “coming out” is far more unpopular in my profession than the traditional coming out. A few studies have shown how overwhelmingly liberal the psychological career is. 

This article discusses an infamous story of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s annual meeting in 2011.  New York University psychologist Jonathan Haidt asked the room of around 1,000 attendees what their political views were.  When he asked who identified as liberal, a sea of hands shot up across the room; want to guess how many hands were raised when he asked who was conservative?  Three. Think about that for a minute.  One thousand people in the room, and only three are conservative?  

I believe there were more than three conservatives in that crowd.  Other studies have put the number of self-identified conservatives around 6-10% in the psychological field.  For the sake of argument, then that room should have raised maybe 60-100 hands for conservatives.  

But this further makes my point.  My hypothesis is that the other conservatives in the room didn’t raise their hand because of the pressure of being non-conforming.  Kudos to those 3 in the room that day to raise their hand.  All eyes were on them, and they had to know others in the room would judge them.  

This is anecdotal, but talking about conservative ideals is a big no-no in my experience of being around other clinicians.  Quite frankly, many counselors function more as an activist than a counselor.  And this isn’t me being disparaging.  Many counselors would openly state this.  Take this article for example.   Activism is rooted deeply in many social work/counseling programs.  

This leads me to why I have chosen to be openly conservative as a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

1. Can you be a conservative therapist? 

This is a question I think many conservatives (and liberals) may be asking.  I’m here to tell you that you can be a conservative therapist. I want to be open-minded about being conservative to show the ideological diversity in the field.  For far too long, liberal narratives have been accepted as gospel truth without any pushback from the psychological profession. 

Conservatives, in general, play defense.  Some of this is ingrained in our ideologies of protecting values.  However, this defense-first mentality allows liberal ideologies to take hold without resistance.  I aim to play offense.  I don’t mean I will post memes all day to “own the libs.”  I want to engage the culture unashamedly to make changes within.  Being a part of the “silent majority” is not good enough.  I want to be upfront with where I am coming from and deal with the criticism that comes with it.  I do this with the hope that others may speak up as well.

2. Take off your white, heteronormative, cis-gendered, male, racist glasses!

If you do not know what this sentence means, God bless you.  I am being a bit facetious, but this type of language stems from a wildly different worldview than what conservatives have.  In this critical worldview, everything stems from power.  I will not go too deep into this worldview, but let’s say I am the absolute worst in this worldview.  After all, I am white, male, cis-gendered (which means I’m a dude that “self-identifies” as a dude), Christian, heterosexual, married, able-bodied, and making a decent living.  In the world of intersectionality, I’ve got it made!  I’ve got all the power and oppress others due to this power.  Therefore, I must “check my privilege” and acknowledge this power.

I don’t believe this mindset is biblical at all.  God made the immutable aspects about myself, such as being white and a male.  I am not ashamed of these aspects of myself.  Other issues, such as having a good job or having a two-parent household, are blessings!  It is backward thinking to feel ashamed of the gifts we have been given.  We need to acknowledge that these blessings are not because of our excellent work.  But instead, give thanks to the Lord who has given them to us!

As Psalm 103:1-5 states, 

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

    and all that is within me,

    bless his holy name! 

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

    and forget not all his benefits,

who forgives all your iniquity,

    who heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit,

    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

who satisfies you with good

    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


Let us thank God as a way of humbling ourselves instead of feeling self-righteous shame.

3. I’m out!

Way out of a parking garage

Many of you reading this may have the same “power” that I do.  Others may have different demographics than me, and that’s completely fine!  As our culture continues its radical path, putting down people because of their “privilege” will become increasingly common.

If I went to see a therapist to discuss my problems, I do not want to be told how great I have it.  I don’t like to be advised to “check my privilege.”  I wish to help! Not every therapist that is liberal is going to do that.  I think most wouldn’t.  But the activist nature in the field makes this a possibility.  So, what happens to conservative patients?  They either don’t come, or they drop out.  



Conservatives have mental health issues like everyone else.  I hope that being openly conservative will help those on the right seek out help.  Fear of being looked down on because of your values will not lead to a good outcome in therapy. 

4. Fauci Ouchi


As I stated in my first blog post, a significant reason why I started this practice is because of my experience at a previous job.  At this job, I worked in a hospital requiring the COVID-19 vaccine.  I won’t line out my reasons for refusing the shot, but know that my decision was not made lightly.  Ultimately, I had to get a new job because of the healthcare vaccine mandate.

I think the response to COVID has been horrid.  We are seeing some of the mental health effects from our response.  This CDC article survey in 2021 indicated that 37% of high school students reported having poor mental health, with nearly 20% considering suicide.  

These numbers aren’t solely because of the COVID lockdowns, but they have had a significant effect.  I want to be upfront about the fact that our reaction to the illness is what caused this.  I feel convinced about not being more up-front about my concerns before the horrible lockdowns.  I discussed this privately but was not as upfront in my professional career.  I vow to be more upfront about my concerns regarding policies that apparently adversely affect mental health.  

5. Keep your hands off our Kids

Trans Flag

This last reason is the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I have long had issues with the LGBT movement.  Biblically, it is pretty clear the Christian worldview does not advocate for homosexuality or any other sexual perversion.  The argument against Christians has traditionally been, “What happens in my bedroom is none of your business.”  I have problems with this argument, but I will not get into that here.  The mainline viewpoint on transgender ideology will affect your children.

There are multiple reports of kids going by a different name/gender at school, with parents not even being notified about it. Stories like this are why my wife and I initially looked into homeschooling our children.



However, if your kids are in public school, they will be affected by this ideology.  Your kids may have a great teacher.  Your kid more than likely won’t identify as another gender.  But this ideology will be exposed to your children somehow or another. 

I refuse to participate in this. Sadly, many counselors are heavily involved in the gender transition of children.  Don’t get me wrong, I refuse to participate in this with adults as well.  But, an adult deciding to mutilate him or herself is different from a child. Many counselors will actively encourage children to explore different genders.  And if they “identify” as another gender, counselors will go along with it and offer “gender-affirming” types of care.  

This is wrong on so many levels.  I cannot believe psychology has gotten to this point.  Transgenderism is a mental illness.  Many legitimate people struggle with being a transgender individual.  We should have compassion for these individuals and help them learn to love and accept the bodies God gave them.  Encouraging them to mutilate themselves is horrible!  It’s that much worse when it is a minor. 

Worse yet, the number of self-identified transgender people is skyrocketing.  This has become a social contagion that will get worse before it gets better.  I think it only gets better when more clinicians stand up against this.  This is a significant reason I am “coming out” as conservative.

Interested?

You do not have to identify as a Christian or conservative to be my patient.  I am upfront about what my beliefs are. You can make your own informed decision after that.