David Matheson is a licensed professional counselor at the Center for Gender Wholeness in Salt Lake City, Utah. His practice focuses on helping people with unwanted same-sex attraction. David received his Masters of Science degree in Counseling and Guidance from Brigham Young University in 1996. Afterwards, he practiced for seven years as a psychological assistant under Dr. Joseph Nicolosi. During his tenure, he co-created the “Journey into Manhood” experiential weekend with Ben Newman and began serving on the board of directors of People Can Change.
He is an active member of the Church and shares how the gospel of Jesus Christ has influenced his desire to serve men with same-sex attraction. He talks about some modern approaches and how these approaches fit within the stances of major medical institutions and the relationship with the Church. He shares stories of success as well as some potential for harm associated with therapy. He clarifies some common misconceptions around therapy and the need to make this therapy available for those seeking it. He talks about how family, friends and leaders can help people with same-sex attraction and how that fits in with their duty to bear one another’s burdens.