We offer face-to-face therapy at our offices in Holladay and Provo, Utah.
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We also offer remote therapy over the internet via a secure webcam program.
Given the current political climate within the mental health profession regarding therapy to address unwanted same-sex attraction, very few therapists worldwide have developed much expertise in handling these issues. We believe individuals are better served working via webcam with an experienced therapist than working face-to-face with a therapist who has little or no experience with these issues or who might try to convince the individual to affirm their homosexuality.
The Center for Gender Wholeness (CGW) traces its roots back to 1996 when CGW founder, David Matheson, CMHC (Clinical Mental Health Counselor) began working with Dr. Joseph Nicolosi at the Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in Encino, California. At that time, Nicolosi was the foremost authority on helping those with unwanted same-sex attraction.
In 2002, Matheson opened the Center for Gender Affirming Processes in Jersey City, New Jersey. Dedicated exclusively to helping men with unwanted same-sex attraction (same-sex attraction), the clinic served individuals from many cultures and religions. Particularly prominent in the demographic of the clinic were Orthodox Jews.
In 2007, Matheson relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah and opened the Center for Gender Wholeness (CGW). In mid-2012, seeing an ever-increasing need for highly trained therapists who could address issues related to unwanted same-sex attraction, Matheson began expanding his clinic by training three additional therapists. In January 2013, CGW opened a second office in Provo, Utah.
Due to the extreme worldwide shortage of qualified therapists specialized in working with unwanted same-sex attraction, Matheson has always worked with clients via telephone and now over webcam. CGW continues this practice of worldwide outreach.
Respect for Faith and Non-faith
Awareness of, and respect for, the faith background and spiritual needs of our clients is a guiding principle of CGW. Through his life experience, CGW founder David Matheson has developed a profound sensitivity toward faith and spirituality. David was raised in the LDS Church, and remains an active member. During his years at Thomas Aquinas Psychological Clinic in California, he became very conversant working with individuals from diverse faith backgrounds representing the entire spectrum of Christianity as well as some non-Christian faiths. During his years in New Jersey, he worked extensively with Orthodox Jews, becoming highly familiar with their law, beliefs, and culture.
CGW therapists are fully conversant with LDS Church doctrines and standards, and support clients in their personal choice to live those standards. Though our job is psychological, we believe that good psychology will always harmonize with core gospel principles.
At the same time, we are extremely careful not to push a particular value system or religious outcome, and to respect the individual’s choice. Occasionally a client may choose to leave their faith. In these cases our professional duty is to help the client carefully weigh the meaning and potential ramifications of their choice, and to support them through this process.