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When you think that your child may be gay or lesbian, you may be faced with a dilemma. You are not sure if you approach your child and ask directly or wait until they tell me. I've had gay teens tell me either side. Sometimes they say it makes it easier when parents ask because they can say, "Finally, my parents asked me," and they can come out. Other times, they are not ready and you have to wait. I usually say, wait to ask the direct question, but put out there an indirect communication where you say, "Hey, I wanted to let you know that if you play sports that's okay. If you choose whatever major you want to have in college, that's okay. I just wanted to let you know that I love you no matter who you are and what you do." It communicates that openness and creates an opportunity for that gay teen to be able to share that they are gay. I think that's important to give that environment.

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Chris Fulton, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Christopher Fulton is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been in private practice for over ten years. He received his doctorate in 1994 from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Dr. Fulton has clinical training and experience in a variety of settings, and also has administrative, teaching, supervision, consulting, research and psychological testing experience. Dr. Fulton provides consultation and ongoing therapy for children, adolescents and adults. He conducts group, individual, couples and family therapy and actively works with a variety of childhood disorders, including: adjustment disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional defiant and other emotional-behavioral disorders. Among his most frequent areas of concentration is divorce, for which Dr. Fulton offers therapy for all involved.

Utilizing research-supported methods in treatment, Dr. Fulton's approach to therapy involves a combination of cognitive-behavioral, family systems and interpersonal interventions. In his work with children, Dr. Fulton involves parents and assists them in developing appropriate responses to their children, since he believes that ultimately the parent will make the most significant impact on the child. Dr. Fulton helps parents establish appropriate boundaries, communication and methods of discipline in order to increase positive relationships with their children.

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