Fostering self-acceptance in gay teens

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Fostering self-acceptance in gay teens

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To help your gay teen accept himself, you need to overcome a lot of social pressures, and society´s kind of homophobia because there is still in society a lot of persecution of gays and lesbians even though, which I think is great, there are a lot of programs that are showing kind of positive role models for gay teens. But you do two things. One is you have to make sure that you love your kid, that they are acceptable to you and that they can feel good about themselves. And the other thing, you get the support. I often run a group that has lesbians and gay teen boys and you know what? They love to able to share iwth each other their experiences, and then they can feel good about themselves. Making sure to find role models too, that is an important thing that they can say hey listen, I respect that person and that is a gay man and I can feel good about myself being a gay male. So that is important, too.

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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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