John Paul Gaylor

Clinical Intern, MA Candidate (Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Sex Therapy), He/Him

I am currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Sex Therapy concentration at Antioch University Seattle. I am excited to be joining PNW Sex Therapy Collective as a clinical intern and partake in their mission to offer inclusive, and accessible therapy by offering sliding scale sessions to those who need it. I believe that all relationships – platonic, sexual, and romantic – are invaluable catalysts for personal growth, self-discovery, and healing. As an individual and relational therapist, I work with clients to realize and put-to-work their own unique strengths and resources toward living more authentic and fulfilling lives. I provide therapy that is trauma-informed, anti-racist, sex- and body-positive, and affirming of queer, poly, and kink identities. As a gay man, I am particularly passionate about empowering 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals to uncover and dismantle internalized social and sexual shame to celebrate and embody their truest selves at home, at work, in the bedroom, and out in the world.

What You Can Expect

My therapeutic style is client-centered, compassionate, direct, and drawn from multiple therapeutic models: Attachment Theory, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and more. I enjoy working with clients to find the right modality that works for their unique needs to ensure that the therapeutic process is as collaborative as it is supportive.

My Story

A native Tennessean, I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I majored in Biology and was a member of the varsity men’s swim team. I have spent my post-grad years working in various Product Management and Marketing roles in tech, and I am thrilled to be making the transition to counseling full-time.

Interests

Outside of the therapy room, I’m an avid outdoorsman and concert-goer with a passion for swimming, skiing, backpacking, and all things dance music.

Books I Suggest

Trainings

  • Understanding Out Of Control Sexual Behavior with Marc Gilmartin -March 2022

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