Affirmative counselling for LGBTQ+ people.
It’s often a high priority for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people to find a counsellor or psychotherapist who can offer affirmative therapy and support. Someone who ‘gets’ – or tries hard to get – where you are coming from.
You may have tried psychotherapy or counselling before and felt your therapist lacked a full appreciation of how things are for you. I am committed to counselling for LGBTQ people which is affirmative, empathic and judgement-free, where you feel understood and safe to talk about all the things which are important to you.
Counselling may sound daunting at first. But it is a tried and trusted way explore concerns and come through difficult times.
The issues you want to discuss may be related to your sexuality. It’s obviously a hugely important part of who you are and can affect everything about how you feel about yourself and others. But you may also face problems that overlap with the rest of the population, to do with anxiety, stress, work-life balance, career problems, depression, and bereavement.
You may want to explore yourself more deeply and work through things that have happened in the past. It may be helpful to look at the ways in which you are affected by unhealthy patterns you learned earlier in life, including homophobic/prejudicial attitudes that may have influenced how you feel about yourself.
Some issues that you may face as a LGBTQ+ person:
- The coming out process: who to tell at work or home. Discussing the options and sorting through your feelings about coming out can be very helpful, not just when you first come out but also at later stages in life.
- Relationships: being single, finding a relationship, improving an existing relationship or working through problems.
- Self-esteem, confidence and ‘internalised’ homophobia.
- Drug and alcohol concerns.
- Getting older.
- Shame, anxiety and depression.
- Feeling isolated. Not being heard or understood,
- Loss and bereavement.
What to do now:
I’ve worked as a counsellor for over 15 years and I’m fully accredited with BACP (the regulatory body for counsellors in the UK). I am a ‘person-centred’ counsellor, experienced at both short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy.
After you get in touch with me, we would schedule a first session to talk broadly about the challenges you are facing. This is also an opportunity for you to decide if you feel happy to work with me. I can also make sure that what I offer is right for you or refer you on to more specialised services where necessary.
Assuming we decide to go ahead, we would plan a series of sessions. For short-term counselling this would often be 6 sessions, to work through a current difficulty. Or you might decide you want a more open-ended contract and have longer-term psychotherapy, to explore more deeply the historical origins of how you feel and to create lasting change.