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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Transgender LGBTQ Counselling

There are a variety of sexual and gender expressions, with individuals engaging in sexual orientations that are consensual, yet perceived to be outside the accepted boundaries of most cultures and societies. Such individuals may require a place to openly express themselves and be accepted and understood without judgement.

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What Is LGBTQ Counselling?

Gender identity issues, and gender dysphoria can cause individuals to struggle, feel anxious, and confused. Members of the LGBTQIA+ often experience high rates of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, and substance addiction. Research conducted by Stonewall (British charity) figures show 35% felt they had to hide they are LGBT due to fears of unfair treatment.

 

Transgender people can experience discrimination in different environments, for example this could be where they live, family, friends, and work. As you can imagine, this has profound impact on your life prospects and whether you reach your goals in life and ultimately become successful in achieving your dreams.

 

It can feel scary because you don’t know how to reconcile your identity with the expectations of those around you especially if the “norm” has been male and female genders and your sex assigned at birth. This can lead you to worry about the wider impact on your social connections, family, friends, and career.

 

It is helpful to explore the complex and often conflicted feelings with a professional. Working with a counsellor can help individuals explore and understand their difficulties so they can live proudly in a way that feels more congruent with their sense of self.

 

Indeed, LGBTQIA+ individuals can and do live positive, productive lives, the same as anyone else.

About LGBTQ Counselling At Phinity Therapy

Phinity therapists do not pathologise gender or sexual variation and have experience of working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ. We provide high quality and inclusive therapy to individuals who may often feel marginalised and judged due to their diversity. We do this via various forms of talk therapy, aiming to help individuals explore feelings of distress and confusion in a non-judgemental and safe space.

 

We can also work with you to develop strategies to reveal gender and/or sexual identity concerns with close others, and we are able to involve your family more directly, via family therapy. This means you can discuss your decisions and feelings in a space that feels supportive and safe. Counselling will also provide the kind of space that encourages making sense of your options for the future, for example, you may be considering gender transitioning, or the use of pronouns.

 

Sometimes you may notice that unrelated situations are negatively impacted by your general mood and mental health, counselling can offer the space for you to work through and detangle concerns. You can be anywhere on the spectrum, that is, you may be cisgender, you may be considering transitioning, or have transitioned, in all instances, we can help you to make sense of the issues that are troubling you. We recommended starting with weekly (50 minute) sessions that take place at the same time and day each week.

Benefits Of LGBTQ Counselling
  • Support and affirm your gender identity

 

  • Maximise your potential with the right guidance

 

  • Accepted and supported, free to fully and safely express yourself unlike any other constraints in life

 

  • LGBTQ therapist at Phinity Therapy will help support you by creating a protective safe, private and open environment so that you can process and work towards your most optimal life

 

  • Work through discomfort and confusion

 

  • Make decisions, develop customised strategies based on you and your unique situation and have tools ready to help you in your daily life whether it is navigating personal or professional life, or even dealing with homophobia

 

  • Develop greater understanding of yourself and your identity

 

  • Move toward feeling less conflicted, and more congruent with yourself

 

  • A safe space where you can be open fearless about how you really feel

 

  • Gain confidence about who you are and actualising your identity

 

  • Counselling and support from an experience therapist is beneficial for people whose gender identity is not clear, this allows to make more informed choices and steps

 

  • Have the right help if you are considering a transition or ‘coming out’

 

  • Whether you identify as male or female or are a trans woman, speak with us to see how we can help you
What Issues Can LGBTQ Counselling Help With?

LGBTQ counselling can help individuals who are struggling with their mental health due to issues that concern their gender or sexual identity.  It can help them improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and reduce self-harm, and suicidal ideation by providing a safe space for exploration and understanding.

Does Phinity Therapy Provide LGBTQ Counselling Near Me?

We offer LGBTQ Counselling in Birmingham. Phinity Therapy also serve other cities and countries through our network of qualified therapists.  Online therapy is also available, catering for those who cannot reach our clinic or have busy schedules.

 

Make a commitment to taking control and living the life you want and deserve. Start by booking your Free Initial Consultation Today and speak to one of our friendly principal therapists about your concerns and desired goals.

 

You can alternatively fill in our contact form located on our About Us page, or give us a call.

 

*Due to limited time slot availability caused by high demand, we now offer only one Free Initial Consultation for prospective clients, further conversations are charged at our normal rate.

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Depression

Life is challenging, so it’s normal to feel low at times.  If however, you’re feeling sad, apathetic, and hopeless for a prolonged period, you may be depressed, and this impacts functioning.  And although depression is a natural response to difficulties, it can be treated.

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Gender Identity Issues

Gender identity issues, and specifically dysphoria refer to the unease that a person may experience between their sense of identity, and their biological sex.  When this unease deepens, an individual may start to feel anxious, and depressed, and experience difficulty in their daily life.

LGBTIQ+ Issues

LGBTIQ+ is an acronym denoting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer or questioning community.  The sense of support and belonging that many experience within this community can provide relief and affirmation, which are much needed due to the difficulties often faced.

Relationship Issues

Relationships can be tricky at the best of times, and it’s normal to go through difficulties.  But relationship counselling is available to help you navigate the challenges and enjoy a more meaningful connection with your significant other.

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