Counselling Area

Counselling for lgbt*q people

I also provide counselling for the LGBT+ community. If you LGBT+ or are currently questioning your gender identity or sexuality you will find a warm and accepting space here. It may be that you are struggling with your gender or sexuality and are looking for a safe space for explore your feelings, or that you just want to feel confident your counsellor is LGBT+ aware so you can relax and feel safe to explore other issues.

Societal norms around gender and sexuality can be oppressive for many, offering little room for movement and free expression. Sometimes people struggle with these pressures and this is safe space in which to explore those tensions with someone who understands.

For some these stresses may be around living as a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’, whilst others may be questioning their gender and/or sexuality.

I can support you in this through a gentle, warm and sensitive approach. I also offer this sensitivity and awareness to parents, carers and partners who are in the process of supporting someone in transitioning or coming out.

Relevant Qualifications & Experience

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You will see I have undertaken specialist training such as a Masters degree in Gender, Sexuality and Culture. This sits alongside a great deal of experience supporting LGBT+ young people and adults both via community support and counselling sessions. I have supported children, young people and adults with a great variety of minority identities and experiences (eg, non-binary, bisexual, trans, queer, polyamorous, asexual). I always strive to keep my knowledge up to date through extensive reading, research, networking and writing so that I can be the best counsellor for you.

You may also find the following organisations that offer support in this area of interest:

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Helpful Resources for LGBT Young People

  • Mermaids UK: supporting children, young people and their families experiencing issues around gender identity.
  • Gendered Intelligence: http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/ (support for young trans people under 25 ) including youth groups in Leeds, London and Bristol.
  • Out to 18:  Support for young people who are LGBT+ or questioning their sexuality. Contact Samantha Horsfield on 07712 214421.
  • Yorkshire Mesmac offer youth groups for LGBT+ young people. http://www.mesmac.co.uk/projects/lgbt-youth
  • The Market Place offer free counselling and sexual health support for all young people http://www.themarketplaceleeds.org.uk/

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For LGBT Adults

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