Wyatt Darling, MFT, a Gay Therapy Center psychotherapist based in Los Angeles, was raised in the Mormon Church. One of his specialties is working with LGBTQ people on their path to self-acceptance as they recover from childhood exposure to homophobia in a religious context. In this interview, Wyatt talks to Adam D. Blum, the Founder and Director of the Gay Therapy Center about his personal experiences and professional beliefs.
Adam D. Blum: Wyatt, can you tell us a little bit about growing up in the Church of Latter Day Saints?
Wyatt Darling: For Mormons like me, religion wasn’t just about church, God, and spirituality. Religion was my entire community. It was a part of everything I did. At school or at the grocery store, I was always confronted with the religion.
As a young child, it felt very safe. I liked that everyone practiced the same thing. The downside was that I was exposed to a very limited view of the world.