Being LGBTQ+ does not lead to mental health problems – dealing with other people’s adverse reactions does. Because of this, those who don’t identify as heterosexual are more likely to experience mental health problems.
Speaking to a counsellor can help with some of the difficulties you’re facing, such as:
- Finding it hard to accept your sexuality.
- Coping with other people’s reactions.
Low self-esteem and low self-confidence.
- Fear of violence or abuse in public places.
- Effects of bullying and discrimination.
- Feeling as if your body does not reflect your true gender (gender dysphoria).
- If you develop a mental health condition, talking therapies can help you find new ways of coping and either overcome or manage your condition.
What’s important is for you to find a counsellor who you trust and feel able to talk to openly about your experiences.
Counselling offers a safe and confidential space to explore issues and emotions; it is your space and time to ‘unload’ or ‘offload’ thoughts and feelings in a place where you will not be judged and can focus on exploring emotive issues.
Sessions normally last up to 50 minutes, and we initially offer 6 free sessions with the option to continue if necessary or appropriate.
It is best if these are on a weekly basis, as continuity and consistency are important in establishing a mutually beneficial relationship and will enable you to get the most out of the sessions.
You can either self-refer on our website or request a referral from one of our partner agencies.
All of our counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or equivalent professional organisation, and work within the appropriate ethical framework.
Our lead counsellor has over 25 years experience of counselling and support, working with LGBTQ+ helplines, Samaritans, grief, bereavement, loss, life limiting and life changing illnesses etc.
How we deliver
We offer counselling sessions from our main office at the Dudson Centre in Stoke on Trent, and from several other locations in Staffordshire.
If none of these locations are convenient for you, we also offer counselling sessions via telephone and video (Teams).
Our waiting list varies with demand for the service, but it’s typically under 2 months. If you need to be seen urgently, we also offer paid counselling with a shorter wait.
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