How do we who are gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or otherwise queer find a truly fulfilling life? How do we find our wholeness?
It’s not easy. By the time we reach adulthood, most of us are carrying more than our share of psychological and spiritual wounds. We need to heal. We long for peace.
I’m David Gormong. I’m a spiritual mentor — a companion and coach devoted to nurturing others toward wholeness and fulfillment. I’m a listener, a counselor, a companion on the way.
I’m deeply rooted in the major wisdom traditions. Before coming out, I studied Christian spirituality at the master’s and doctoral levels. I continue to dig deeply into the Hindu (yoga), Buddhist (mindfulness), Daoist, and Sufi traditions, among others, with special attention to their meditative practices. I stay abreast of what’s happening in psychology and neuroscience, all so I can be a resource to you on your journey.
Let’s face it. Life is not easy, especially when we don’t fit the social norms. My world has shattered. I’ve been to some dark places in depression. I’ve been bogged down in burnout. And I’m so grateful to have found my way to a peace beyond words. I understand what a long and winding journey we are on.
I would love to walk with you on your journey. If you work with me, you will have
- A safe place to talk about your spirituality, your sexuality, and your life.
- A relationship that nurtures your healing and personal growth.
- Insights from a knowledgeable guide.
- Encouragement to grow into your gifts and purpose.
- The freedom, guidance, and support to find and follow your path to peace and fulfillment.
If you want to find out more, let’s set up a time to talk. I’ll be happy to chat with you about your intentions and how I might serve, answer your questions, and explore together whether this is the right fit for you.
David has helped me understand my journey and myself,
not only as a gay man but also as a Christian and artist.
His hard and honest questions lead me to see myself and others around me.
His compassion, loyal presence and sensitivity help me find courage to carry on.
When I was in the darkest place I’ve even been
he was there with me, guiding me through those uncertain times.
It wasn’t until I began professional psychiatric therapy
that I realized how helpful David’s guidance had been
in equipping me, both spiritually and emotionally,
to navigate the murky waters between the spirit and the psyche.
Your story is safe with David;
he cares, fiercely.
Favorite Quotes on Spiritual Mentoring
From the Christian tradition:
It is no mean consolation in this life
to have someone in whom your spirit may rest,
to whom you can pour out your soul.
~Aelred of Rievaulx (12th century monk, likely gay)
From the Buddhist tradition:
Venerable Ānanda said to the Blessed One [the Buddha],
“This is half of the holy life, lord:
having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues.”
“Don’t say that, Ānanda,” [said the Buddha]. “Don’t say that.
Having admirable people as friends, companions, and colleagues
is actually the whole of the holy life.”
From the Sufi tradition:
Whoever travels without a guide needs two hundred years for a two-day journey.
You can learn more about me by reading my story or checking out my blog. You can learn more about spiritual mentoring/companionship/direction at the SDI International website. As a member of SDI, I subscribe to their ethical guidelines. I’ll be happy to discuss my training and supervision further if you are interested.