Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Counselling in London
Life is already challenging at times. If we identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex, it can mean we have to deal with additional life stressors, too.
We can struggle to come to terms with our sexuality and gender, face discrimination or bullying, feel uncomfortable in the body we were born into, or suffer rejection from colleagues or the ones we love, just for being who we are.
Why does LGBT support matter?
Being LGBTQI+ doesn't cause mental health issues, or automatically mean you will have them. But it does raise your risk of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-harm, and suicidal thinking. And this can mean your relationships suffer, you don't reach life goals, or you struggle in your career.
Research by British charity Stonewall found that over 50 per cent of those surveyed struggled with depression, and that 41 per cent of those who identified as non-binary had self-harmed in the last year.
How can therapy help with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues?
A therapist trained in LGBTQI+ issues creates a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment for you to finally feel supported, seen, accepted, and listened to. It's a chance for you to stop just surviving, and start thriving.
Your therapist will help you explore your complex and painful emotions, and to finally find words to voice what you have lived through. They will also teach you tools and strategies to cope better in the face of future challenges.
Benefits of LGBT counselling
Benefits of LGBT counselling can mean that you:
- understand yourself better
- communicate your wants and needs in ways that are heard
- develop tailor-made coping strategies to manage distressing situations like homophobia or hostility
- learn tools to manage your emotions safely
- get clear on sex and relationship issues including domestic abuse
- feel supported in the process of 'coming out' or transitioning
- make better choices and set goals that matter
- get help for depression, anxiety, addictions, and eating disorders
- feel better and more confident about being you.
Your LGBT therapist can also offer couples counselling, if both you and your partner feel this would be of benefit to your relationship.
LGBT+ Therapists at Harley Therapy™ London
When you work with a psychologist or psychotherapist at Harley Therapy, you are in safe hands. Your therapist will see you as the unique, resourceful individual that you are.
All of our therapists have at least seven years of experience and are trained in several forms of talk therapy, so can target your sessions to suit your needs. We also have psychiatrists and a GP on our team, who can help with any additional issues that arise.
Do you offer LGBT therapy near me?
We provide comfortable and private offices on Harley Street, as well as in the City and at London Bridge.
Not in London, or living abroad? Many of our therapists also offer online therapy. Call us or use our online booking form to schedule a first session now.
Further reading on LGBTQI+ issues
- 'Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients''. Martin Goldfried, Christopher Martell, Stacey Prince and Steven Safren, 2004.
- 'Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships' . D. Merilee Clunis & G. Dorsey Green, 2000.
- 'Get Closer: A Gay Men’s Guide to Intimacy and Relationships'. Jeffrey N. Chernin, 2004.
- What is Gender Dysphoria?
- Mind UK Guide to LGBT+ Mental Health
LGBT Support Groups and helplines in the UK
- Switchboard LGBT+ help line both by phone and online chat
- Stonewall's Directory for local services and community groups
- 'London Friend' list of support groups
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Issues suited to LGBT Counselling:
- anger problems
- anxiety or low self-esteem
- confusion about your sexual orientation or gender
- coming out or transitioning
- depression and mood swings
- domestic abuse
- eating disorders
- family relationships
- fidelity, trust and jealousy issues
- identity issues
- living with HIV/AIDS or other illnesses
- relationship problems
- sex and intimacy problems
- substance abuse and addictions
- suicidal thinking
- trauma such as bullying, discrimination, and stigma.