I knew leaving the closet would be a challenge, not just for me but for everyone who thought they knew the real me. Coming out would mean telling the truth to my loving wife, my children, friends, co-workers, and, as the CEO of a large nonprofit, my board of directors. Terrifying risks were involved.
As a psychotherapist, I don't heal anyone, I don't fix anyone, and I don't cure anyone. I'm even highly resistant to diagnoses and will only provide them when required by insurance companies. As one of my psychology professors put it, "My job as I see it is to lease my emotions in 50 minute intervals."