If you are unclear or confused about your gender, sexual identity or orientation, this can lead to feelings of mental distress. You may have instincts or longings about living in a different way that you would like support exploring.
If you feel confident and comfortable with your gender and sexual identity, you may experience rejection from those close to you. If you are LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex or asexual), you might have experienced discrimination in the workplace; or been a victim of hate crime.
Feelings of worry, shame and isolation often begin in childhood. Perhaps you were bullied at school for being ‘different’? Homophobic bullying often continues into adulthood, leading to low self-esteem and confidence, or anxiety and depression. To deal with painful feelings you may have developed unhealthy relationships or addictions to alcohol, drugs or food.
Our professionally trained therapists are able to support people who are LGBTQ+ and can:
- Provide a safe, non-judgemental environment to talk through your thoughts and feelings about gender or sexual identity
- Identify any related mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression
- Support you to ‘come out’
- Work through any relationship or sexual problems
- Recommend couples therapy or family therapy to help partners or family members who are finding it difficult to understand or accept who you are
- Help you lead a more full and happy life.
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Grief and loss
- Work and workplace issues
- Family relationships
- Romantic relationships
- Food issues and eating disorders
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- Childhood abuse
- Parenting issues and family conflict
- Step-parenting issues
- Body image and dysmorphia
- Stress and feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling stuck, uninspired or lost
- Sexual anxiety
- Sexual assault and rape