My name is Candice Czubernat, and I’m a gay Christian, wife, mother, therapist, writer and speaker. I'm a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with the State of Washington and a MFTI in the state of California. I have my Masters in Counseling Psychology and have been working in the mental health field for over a decade. I've counted it a privilege to have walked with countless people through the stories of their lives. I absolutely love that I get to do this for a living. I grew up in a loving home, but the Christian roots did not provide any context, or support for me to struggle with the notion of being gay. It took time, prayer, study, process and lots of support for me to come to the place I am today.
I'm married to my wonderful wife and we have two spectacular children. We spend time building community with our family and friends over shared meals and conversations. In the last few years, I've become a popular speaker at conferences and in 2013, The Advocate named me one of the "10 Pro-LGBT Religious Women You Should Know". Additionally, I am a frequent writer both for my private website as well as other publications.
In college I had a deep desire to serve and connect with God while also learning the art of therapy. That's why for my undergraduate work, I attended The Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. This is where I spent time studying the Bible and Counseling. This was not an easy place to struggle with a LGBTQ identity while also desiring to be close to God. While there, I deepened my understanding of the fact that some Christian individuals and groups interpret scripture in a way that discriminate against and propagate hate towards people who are LGBTQ. While it was very difficult, I'm grateful to have had this experience as it deepened my understanding of the queer experience within a faith context.
For my graduate work I went on to study at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. I spent the first half of my graduate studies as a Masters of Divinity Student, but decided to complete my degree in a Masters in Counseling Psychology, where I spent time studying, reading and learning about the integration of theology (God) and psychology (humans). While studying theology, I made sure to spend time focusing on the different interpretations of what the Bible says about the role of women and homosexuals. I have since come to a firm belief that being LGBTQ does not in any way separate me, or anyone else from God, or His/Her love.