Neil Gleason, MA

Olsen Institute Pre-Doctoral Intern

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Sexual health looks different for everyone. I believe that my role is to help clients understand how sexuality can be a healthy part of the life they want to live. Whether it is concerns about pornography use, infidelity, sexual compulsivity, or just feeling like your sexuality has become out-of-control, there are effective ways to recover in a way that honors all the parts of yourself.

I also have a passion for LGBTQ+ issues, including navigating the coming out process, sexual identity exploration, and coping with stigma and homophobia. LGBTQ folks can face stigma from a variety of sources, and being psychologically and sexually healthy means building resilience in the face of oppression. I take a sex-positive approach to therapy, meaning that all expressions of sexuality are valid, as long as they are healthy and consensual.

My approach to therapy is grounded in behavioral and cognitive approaches. I approach therapy as a place for exploration, empathy, and understanding, but also a place to identify specific changes and goals to move forward. I love working with individuals from all backgrounds and views. Everyone is welcome, including those with or without religious or spiritual affiliation, LGBTQ+ folks, those who are monogamous or polyamorous, those in the sex work industry, and folks interested in kink.

More about Me

Neil received his MA in clinical psychology from Minnesota State University and is currently completing his PhD in clinical psychology at University of Washington. He has experience in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), behavioral activation, sex therapy, smoking cessation therapy and medication use, HIV management, and issues related to sexual identity, coming out, and stigma management. Before moving to Seattle, Neil worked at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, Minnesota providing counseling to clients in a variety of settings. He has also collaborated for several years with the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Health on research related to compulsive sexual behavior.

Areas of Clinical Focus
  • Sexual compulsivity/”Sexual addiction”

  • Pornography concerns

  • LGBTQ+ issues and identity exploration

  • Religious and spiritual concerns around sexuality

  • Alcohol or drug use concerns

  • Navigating healthy sexual boundaries

Education & Credentials

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology - Minnesota State University

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology - University of Washington

Publications

Gleason, N., Finotelli, I., Miner, M., Herbenick, D., & Coleman, E. (2021). Estimated prevalence and demographic correlates of compulsive sexual behavior among gay men in the United States. Journal of Sexual Medicine 18(9), 1545-1554. doi:10.1016/j.jsxm.2021.07.003

 

Gleason, N., Banik, S., Braverman, J., & Coleman, E. (in press) The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sexual behaviors: Findings from a national survey in the United States. Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Gleason, N. & Sprankle, E. L., (2019). The effects of pornography on sexual minority men’s body image: An experimental study. Psychology and Sexuality 10(4). doi:10.1080/19419899.2019.1637924

Busch, A.M., Louie, M. E., SantaBarbara, N. J., Ajayi, A. A., Gleason, N., Dunsiger, S. I., Carey, M. P., & Ciccolo, J. T. (2019). Effects of resistance training on depression and cardiovascular disease risk in Black men: Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Mental Health & Physical Activity 17. doi: 10.1016/j.mhpa.2019.100299

Gleason, N., Vencill, J. A., & Sprankle, E. L. (2018). Swipe left on the bi guys: Examining attitudes toward dating and being sexual with bisexual individuals. Journal of Bisexuality, 18(4). 516-534. doi:10.1080/15299716.2018.1563935

Dickenson, J. A., Gleason, N., Coleman, E., & Miner, M. H. (2018). Assessing prevalence of having difficulty controlling sexual urges, feelings, and behavior in the United States. JAMA Network Open 1(7). doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.4468

Sprankle, E. L., Bloomquist, K., Butcher, C., Gleason, N., & Schaefer, Z. (2017). The role of sex work stigma on victim blame and empathy of sexual assault survivors. Sexuality Research and Social Policy 15(3), 242–248. doi:10.1007/s13178-017-0282-0

Publication Under Review/ In Preparation

Jennings, T., Lying, T., Gleason, N., Finotelli, I., & Coleman, E. Compulsive sexual behavior, religiosity, and spirituality: A systematic review. Manuscript under revision.

 

Jennings, T., Gleason, N., & Kraus, S. Assessment of compulsive sexual behavior disorder among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer clients. Manuscript under review.

Neil is happy to speak with you to see what he can offer based on your needs and goals.

Please contact us today to learn more about working with him.

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