Carmen Emerson endorsed 2016-04-27 18:15:06 -0500To be clear – I am an ordained minister trained in pastoral care, not a licensed therapist trained in counseling – but to the extent that I may offer unconditional pastoral care to anyone in the LGBTQ community and then refer them to a safe, licensed, unconditionally welcoming therapist, it would be my privilege and pleasure to do this.
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As counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers serving clients in Tennessee, we affirm that we do not discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity and we will not use our own sincerely held principles as a reason to turn clients away.Endorse