Confronting Racism

 Glenn Bigonet, M.A.

Social Activist for Racial Equity

Facilitating Discussions about Racism

 

617-462-6642

gbigonet@icloud.com

           

 

About Me Professionally

 

My First Career

 

I received my B.S. in Business Management from Bentley College and spent five years working for a corporation doing customer service, sales, sales management and office management. After leaving that company I received my MBA from Babson College and went on to start my own independent consulting firm where I specialized in Total Quality Management, Manufacturing Processes, Employee Empowerment and Business Development. Although I was successful at what I was doing, I never felt I was doing work that was truly satisfying. After two years of being on my own I closed my business to get a degree in Counseling Psychology.

 

My Work As a Mental Health Counselor

 

In May of 2000 I received my M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley College (now Lesley University). After graduating I completed a year long post graduate training in Existential Psychoanalysis. I have also participated in numerous professional trainings covering: Addictions and Substance Abuse, Couples Counseling, EFT Couples Therapy, Infidelity/Affairs, Recovery from Abuse and Trauma, Oppression, Sexuality, Family Therapy, and Gender Specific Issues. During my time as a therapist I became certified in hypnotherapy and EFT Couples therapy.

 

Early in my counseling career starting in 1995 I worked as:

  • An Outreach Counselor working with teens and families involved with the Department of Social Services
  • A Counselor in three different Residential Substance Abuse programs
  • A Counselor in Westboro State Hospital working with the Chronically Mentally Ill
  • A Counselor in an Outpatient Clinic working with Inner City Adolescents, Families, and Couples.

In May of 2004 I started my own private practice in which I worked with individuals, couples and groups on issues such as life transitions, relationship problems, addictions, grief, anger, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma/abuse, adult child issues, self-harmful behavior, and other mental health issues. For approximately 7 years I ran an ongoing weekly therapy group within my practice where the particpants worked together to address the stresses they faced in their lives. 

 

My bi-line in all my advertising was "Compassionate Acceptance". For me that captuured the essense of the work that I did. I held all of my clients through whatever they were going through with the utmost compassion and acceptance. Throughout my career I volunteered at several non-profit organizations running groups on addictions and creating more love and connection in our lives. I also ran an evening workshop focussed on Healing our Relationship with Anger.  If you would like to learn more in detail about my private practice feel free to visit my old website and read about how I looked at and approached my work as well as view testimonials from some of my former clients.     

 

In the summer of 2020 I stopped accepting new clients but I continue to work with clients that I was currently work with or who want to come back to work with me to further the work we've done. I am committed to continuing to work with existing clients until my work with each of them has come to a close. 

 

Semi-Retirement and Confronting Racism 

 

As my client load continues to decrease through attrition my goal is to put my efforts and clinical skills to work confronting racism in our society and helping as many of us as possible to step into antiracist attitudes and ways of being. This is a work of love and passion for me and one I am refusing to take an income from because I know I have been privileged enough as a white man that now it is time for me to give back as I transition into retirement. I am also looking forward to working with people not as a therapist but as a peer and fellow human being doing the best I can to address racism.      

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