Jon St. Peter
Name of Provider: Jon St. Peter
Professional Credential: LCSW
Practice or Agency Name: Existential Therapy
Why do you believe this provider, agency, or clinic should be listed in this database?
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing psychotherapy rooted in psychodynamic and existential models.
I came to this field after working as an advocate for homeless teens, many who were members of LGBTQ and intersecting communities. I was moved by their stories, and as many were runaways and “castaways,” this highlighted for me the importance of supportive, affirming relationships with safe people. While certainly not all of my clients share this exact experience, these encounters guided and informed my values of listening, supporting, and reflecting the experience of the individual, principles which I view as essential to the therapeutic relationship.
I identify as a straight, cisgender man. I have been a lifelong activist in areas of social justice and civil rights, and LGBTQ issues directly impact some of the people closest to me. I take the work of allyship seriously, and take seriously the responsibility of educating myself, maintaining cultural competence, and listening to the lived experiences of the communities I’m working with. I believe that each individual is the sole and greatest expert on their own lived experience. I have been listening and learning from people in the LGBTQ community throughout my life, and I would be honored to listen to and learn from you as a client.
Does this provider, agency, or clinic have any regular education on quality of care with LGBTQ+ patience? If so, please describe that here:
Gender theory is a primary professional interest. I regularly attend relevant trainings, and I pay careful attention to LGBTQ issues in the news, legislature, and in academic journals.