LGBTQ+ Affirming Counsellors in Saint Kilda, VIC

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Dr Mike van Dijkhuizen
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
I am a gay man and have a particular interest in LGBTQIA+ well-being.
I am clinical psychologist and work with anxiety disorders, depression, addictions, trauma and relationships. My therapeutic approach uses CBT, ACT and mindfulness for letting go of unhelpful thoughts, being present with difficult emotions and connecting to your values; the things that really matter to you.
I am a gay man and have a particular interest in LGBTQIA+ well-being.
I am clinical psychologist and work with anxiety disorders, depression, addictions, trauma and relationships. My therapeutic approach uses CBT, ACT and mindfulness for letting go of unhelpful thoughts, being present with difficult emotions and connecting to your values; the things that really matter to you.
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Shaun Williams - Bent Couch Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Bent Couch Counselling, founded by Shaun Williams, is a Melbourne-based LGBTIQA+ counselling service specialising in fostering and supporting mental health and positive change within the LGBTIQA+ community, particularly focusing on individuals identifying as male. Providing 1-on-1 online counselling services across Australia and also in-person consultations in Melbourne. Shaun brings an empathetic, professional approach to counselling that is based on his own journey as a CIS gay male and a father. He is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and has over 18 years of experience in healthcare.
Bent Couch Counselling, founded by Shaun Williams, is a Melbourne-based LGBTIQA+ counselling service specialising in fostering and supporting mental health and positive change within the LGBTIQA+ community, particularly focusing on individuals identifying as male. Providing 1-on-1 online counselling services across Australia and also in-person consultations in Melbourne. Shaun brings an empathetic, professional approach to counselling that is based on his own journey as a CIS gay male and a father. He is a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and has over 18 years of experience in healthcare.
(03) 9111 2666 View (03) 9111 2666
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Damien Pannett
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
I work with people of all genders and sexualities, and ensure a space that is trans and queer affirming.
Life can get difficult at times - whether it be experiences of loss, shame or self-doubt, we can all experience challenges. Sometimes we might need a safe space to reflect and discuss where we are headed or how we are feeling.
I work with people of all genders and sexualities, and ensure a space that is trans and queer affirming.
Life can get difficult at times - whether it be experiences of loss, shame or self-doubt, we can all experience challenges. Sometimes we might need a safe space to reflect and discuss where we are headed or how we are feeling.
(03) 7003 2439 View (03) 7003 2439
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inner haven therapy
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
As an empathetic and inclusive counsellor, I am committed to supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds on their unique journeys. With a focus on the queer/gay, BIPOC, Asian, and male communities, I offer a safe space where clients can explore the full spectrum of the human experience. My holistic approach addresses mental health, well-being, relationships, sexuality, identity, and confidence. Together, we'll navigate the complexities of life, fostering self-discovery and empowering personal growth. Let's embark on a transformative path towards healing, authenticity, and empowerment.
As an empathetic and inclusive counsellor, I am committed to supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds on their unique journeys. With a focus on the queer/gay, BIPOC, Asian, and male communities, I offer a safe space where clients can explore the full spectrum of the human experience. My holistic approach addresses mental health, well-being, relationships, sexuality, identity, and confidence. Together, we'll navigate the complexities of life, fostering self-discovery and empowering personal growth. Let's embark on a transformative path towards healing, authenticity, and empowerment.
(02) 9100 0511 View (02) 9100 0511
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David Hilton Demmer
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Dave works with the LGBTQIA+ community. Dave has a particularly interest in issues related to trauma, attachment, self-worth/self-esteem, substance-related issues, and relationship problems. Dave's main approaches are Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). He is also trained in couples therapy and has a diploma of clinical hypnosis. Dave is also available for WPATH assessments for individuals who may require this as part of their gender affirmation/transition process.
Dave works with the LGBTQIA+ community. Dave has a particularly interest in issues related to trauma, attachment, self-worth/self-esteem, substance-related issues, and relationship problems. Dave's main approaches are Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). He is also trained in couples therapy and has a diploma of clinical hypnosis. Dave is also available for WPATH assessments for individuals who may require this as part of their gender affirmation/transition process.
(03) 8797 2169 View (03) 8797 2169
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Talha (Tal) Iqbal
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
I bring lived experience as a queer person of colour with a migrant background.
Looking for a counsellor or seeking help can be a very vulnerable time. My practice is informed by my own journey of healing and recovery. I focus on creating safety and trust, to be able to hold a healing space for you. If you’re interested in working together, I offer a 30 minute initial consultation free of charge so we can have a chat and see if I am the right fit for you.
I bring lived experience as a queer person of colour with a migrant background.
Looking for a counsellor or seeking help can be a very vulnerable time. My practice is informed by my own journey of healing and recovery. I focus on creating safety and trust, to be able to hold a healing space for you. If you’re interested in working together, I offer a 30 minute initial consultation free of charge so we can have a chat and see if I am the right fit for you.
(03) 7500 5900 View (03) 7500 5900
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James Traugott - Psychologist And Couples Therapist
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
James is a General Psychologist and Couples Therapist. He has completed his Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours), and also holds a Bachelor of Business Management. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society as well as the College of Organisational Psychologists. James works with diverse populations and is an LGBTQIA+ aware therapist. James offers a therapeutic relationship that provides a secure place of appreciation, challenge, change, and value. He runs an evidence-based practice focusing on practical solutions towards client goals.
James is a General Psychologist and Couples Therapist. He has completed his Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours), and also holds a Bachelor of Business Management. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society as well as the College of Organisational Psychologists. James works with diverse populations and is an LGBTQIA+ aware therapist. James offers a therapeutic relationship that provides a secure place of appreciation, challenge, change, and value. He runs an evidence-based practice focusing on practical solutions towards client goals.
(03) 7003 2612 View (03) 7003 2612
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Steph Sier
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Waitlist for new clients
Steph is a senior clinician and therapist at Q Psychology, and a mental health accredited social worker. She has an extensive background working in inpatient and outpatient mental health programs and helps guide and support the clinical team at Q Psychology. Steph is a gender diverse, queer affirmative therapist. She works across various psychological difficulties (including depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma and many others) and uses various psychological therapies (including ACT, CBT, DBT, EMDR & mindfulness). Steph completed her master’s in social work, and after extensive work in MH, has obtained mental health accreditation.
Steph is a senior clinician and therapist at Q Psychology, and a mental health accredited social worker. She has an extensive background working in inpatient and outpatient mental health programs and helps guide and support the clinical team at Q Psychology. Steph is a gender diverse, queer affirmative therapist. She works across various psychological difficulties (including depression, anxiety, PTSD/trauma and many others) and uses various psychological therapies (including ACT, CBT, DBT, EMDR & mindfulness). Steph completed her master’s in social work, and after extensive work in MH, has obtained mental health accreditation.
(03) 9111 2638 View (03) 9111 2638
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Broady Robertson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Hi, I'm Broady (he/him), an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker deeply committed to improving mental health outcomes for neurodivergent individuals and the LGBTIQA+ community. With a personal background as a queer and neurodivergent individual, I bring a unique perspective to my practice, understanding firsthand how stigma and discrimination can adversely affect mental health. I am dedicated to providing trauma-informed, neuro-affirming, sex-positive, and sexuality and gender affirming care, ensuring a safe and nurturing therapeutic environment where everyone is respected for their individuality and encouraged to be themselves.
Hi, I'm Broady (he/him), an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker deeply committed to improving mental health outcomes for neurodivergent individuals and the LGBTIQA+ community. With a personal background as a queer and neurodivergent individual, I bring a unique perspective to my practice, understanding firsthand how stigma and discrimination can adversely affect mental health. I am dedicated to providing trauma-informed, neuro-affirming, sex-positive, and sexuality and gender affirming care, ensuring a safe and nurturing therapeutic environment where everyone is respected for their individuality and encouraged to be themselves.
(03) 7003 2814 View (03) 7003 2814
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David Berlinski
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA Endorsed
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
I also work with LGBTQIA+ related concerns, work-related stress, parenting challenges as well as difficulties with self-esteem and assertiveness.
Hi, I'm David, my approach is to be a warm and caring psychologist who will work collaboratively with you to create a safe and trusting relationship where your challenges will be explored with sensitivity and honesty. My therapeutic style is compassionate & non-judgmental, with the aim of helping you to connect with your emotions to better develop a deeper understanding of yourself. I believe that while pain is inevitable in life, suffering does not need to be.
I also work with LGBTQIA+ related concerns, work-related stress, parenting challenges as well as difficulties with self-esteem and assertiveness.
Hi, I'm David, my approach is to be a warm and caring psychologist who will work collaboratively with you to create a safe and trusting relationship where your challenges will be explored with sensitivity and honesty. My therapeutic style is compassionate & non-judgmental, with the aim of helping you to connect with your emotions to better develop a deeper understanding of yourself. I believe that while pain is inevitable in life, suffering does not need to be.
(03) 7500 5830 View (03) 7500 5830
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Rebecca Bennett
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Rebecca (she/her). I’m a queer, disabled, neurodivergent provisional psychologist with a commitment to intersectional and affirming practice. I work primarily with neurodivergent folk, disabled/chronically ill folk, and LGBTQIA+ folk. I understand the intersection between these identities, and aim to create a space where you can bring your whole self to our sessions. I am sex-positive, kink aware, and poly/non-monogamy friendly.
Hi, I’m Rebecca (she/her). I’m a queer, disabled, neurodivergent provisional psychologist with a commitment to intersectional and affirming practice. I work primarily with neurodivergent folk, disabled/chronically ill folk, and LGBTQIA+ folk. I understand the intersection between these identities, and aim to create a space where you can bring your whole self to our sessions. I am sex-positive, kink aware, and poly/non-monogamy friendly.
(02) 9100 0310 View (02) 9100 0310
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The Mind Clan
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
The Mind Clan is a Melbourne-based clinic offering psychology and counselling services for young adults aged between 18 and 35 years. Our psychologists and counsellors have specific experience and training in working with young people. We understand how difficult it can be for young people to express and share their thoughts and feelings with others, therefore our team work especially hard to tailor our treatment approaches to ensure young adults feel comfortable, supported, and safe to explore their deepest fears and concerns.
The Mind Clan is a Melbourne-based clinic offering psychology and counselling services for young adults aged between 18 and 35 years. Our psychologists and counsellors have specific experience and training in working with young people. We understand how difficult it can be for young people to express and share their thoughts and feelings with others, therefore our team work especially hard to tailor our treatment approaches to ensure young adults feel comfortable, supported, and safe to explore their deepest fears and concerns.
(03) 9070 5415 View (03) 9070 5415
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Mikel Moss - Healing Stage Counselling Service
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
I work with people from diverse backgrounds who are learning how to live and thrive with a variety of issues, changes, and challenges in their lives. I primarily work within BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities, but I am open and able to work with people outside of this area as well. I utilize talk and creative expression, as a way to assist in areas such as setting goals, gaining a deeper understanding of self, moving through and healing trauma, and much more. Check out my website: healingstagemelb.com
I work with people from diverse backgrounds who are learning how to live and thrive with a variety of issues, changes, and challenges in their lives. I primarily work within BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities, but I am open and able to work with people outside of this area as well. I utilize talk and creative expression, as a way to assist in areas such as setting goals, gaining a deeper understanding of self, moving through and healing trauma, and much more. Check out my website: healingstagemelb.com
(03) 8203 5993 View (03) 8203 5993
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Contemporary Psychology
Psychologist, Australian Association of Psychologists - Member
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Contemporary Psychology is a modern space filled with a passionate group of psychologists that work to educate and inspire the public on mental health and wellbeing. We believe psychological health care should be accessible, supportive and effective. Our clinic offers education, assessment, counselling, short term coaching and long-term therapy for all those with curious minds. All staff are qualified and experienced and uphold strict ethical standards. We provide a modern professional space where everyone in the community is welcome.
Contemporary Psychology is a modern space filled with a passionate group of psychologists that work to educate and inspire the public on mental health and wellbeing. We believe psychological health care should be accessible, supportive and effective. Our clinic offers education, assessment, counselling, short term coaching and long-term therapy for all those with curious minds. All staff are qualified and experienced and uphold strict ethical standards. We provide a modern professional space where everyone in the community is welcome.
(03) 7003 2981 View (03) 7003 2981
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Christine Weber
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
You may have come to this site because you feel stuck – because you are not moving in the direction you most want to. You may feel aspects of your life could be better, or you may be dealing with problems that feel overwhelming. These feelings may be related to your work, relationships or health, or they may be about your attitudes and feelings toward yourself. You may not know what is wrong or why you feel the way you do. Whatever the issue, I hope I am able to help.
You may have come to this site because you feel stuck – because you are not moving in the direction you most want to. You may feel aspects of your life could be better, or you may be dealing with problems that feel overwhelming. These feelings may be related to your work, relationships or health, or they may be about your attitudes and feelings toward yourself. You may not know what is wrong or why you feel the way you do. Whatever the issue, I hope I am able to help.
(03) 6120 6374 View (03) 6120 6374
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Julian Nolan
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
I see people with a variety of concerns, including: anxiety, depression, anger and other emotional management issues, relationship/family issues, loss, grief and trauma, challenges relating to being neurodiverse (ASD, ADHD), sex, sexuality and gender related concerns, and eating disorders.
I see people with a variety of concerns, including: anxiety, depression, anger and other emotional management issues, relationship/family issues, loss, grief and trauma, challenges relating to being neurodiverse (ASD, ADHD), sex, sexuality and gender related concerns, and eating disorders.
(03) 7003 2124 View (03) 7003 2124
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Andrew Macdonald
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Andrew and thanks for stopping by. With over 15 years counselling experience, I am a registered clinical psychotherapist with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. My experience covers working with clients from all walks of life in helping them make sense of the things that are getting in the way. My approach is supportive and grounded in an evidenced based integrative model. Client's have said that in working with me they feel cared for, safe and able to talk about things that are challenging them. I provide health insurance rebates for most providers.
Hi, I'm Andrew and thanks for stopping by. With over 15 years counselling experience, I am a registered clinical psychotherapist with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia. My experience covers working with clients from all walks of life in helping them make sense of the things that are getting in the way. My approach is supportive and grounded in an evidenced based integrative model. Client's have said that in working with me they feel cared for, safe and able to talk about things that are challenging them. I provide health insurance rebates for most providers.
(03) 7003 2204 View (03) 7003 2204
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Brydan Xavier
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Brydan (he/him) enjoys working with adults of all backgrounds, but has a particular interest working with adult men, those within the LGBTI+ community, First Nations people, and those impacted by the criminal justice system (including victim / survivors of crime, people with lived experience of incarceration, and employees / staff within police, courts, prisons, and other law enforcement agencies).
Brydan (he/him) enjoys working with adults of all backgrounds, but has a particular interest working with adult men, those within the LGBTI+ community, First Nations people, and those impacted by the criminal justice system (including victim / survivors of crime, people with lived experience of incarceration, and employees / staff within police, courts, prisons, and other law enforcement agencies).
(03) 7003 2287 View (03) 7003 2287
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Kaz Mitchell
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182  (Online Only)
From time-to-time we all have issues going on in our lives that feel overwhelming, confusing and too hard to deal with on our own. At the same time, for various reasons, it often feels as if there is no one there we feel safe enough with whom we can share our burdens. Whether it's a messy divorce, the death of a loved one, a traumatic experience, an existential crisis about the meaning of life, or a difficult decision that has to be made - it can be hard to figure out what to do or who to turn to for guidance.
From time-to-time we all have issues going on in our lives that feel overwhelming, confusing and too hard to deal with on our own. At the same time, for various reasons, it often feels as if there is no one there we feel safe enough with whom we can share our burdens. Whether it's a messy divorce, the death of a loved one, a traumatic experience, an existential crisis about the meaning of life, or a difficult decision that has to be made - it can be hard to figure out what to do or who to turn to for guidance.
(03) 6146 1629 View (03) 6146 1629
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Equator Therapies - Joe Busuttil
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Saint Kilda, VIC 3182
Welcome to Equator Hypnotherapy & Counselling. My name is Joe Busuttil and I am a qualified and registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, Counsellor and Life Coach based in Melbourne, Australia. I will help you discover the root cause of your anxiety and personal issues, and will help you overcome the limiting, disruptive or negative thoughts that are holding you back. I will help you create the life that you most desire through techniques like Hypnotherapy, NLP, Counselling, Meditation, Energy healing and other powerful modalities so you can clear limiting belief systems and emotions that aren’t serving you anymore.
Welcome to Equator Hypnotherapy & Counselling. My name is Joe Busuttil and I am a qualified and registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, Counsellor and Life Coach based in Melbourne, Australia. I will help you discover the root cause of your anxiety and personal issues, and will help you overcome the limiting, disruptive or negative thoughts that are holding you back. I will help you create the life that you most desire through techniques like Hypnotherapy, NLP, Counselling, Meditation, Energy healing and other powerful modalities so you can clear limiting belief systems and emotions that aren’t serving you anymore.
(03) 7003 2081 View (03) 7003 2081

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LGBTQ+ Counsellors

Do LGBTQ-affirmative therapists receive special training?

Yes. Many therapists who practice LGBTQ-affirmative therapy have completed specialised training, either during their degree programme or as continuing education, to learn the core principles of affirmative therapy and how to best support their LGBTQ clients; some have received certifications in LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. Prospective clients should inquire as to a clinician’s background and training to ensure a good fit.

Why might I want to see an LGBTQ-affirming or LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

Queer and gender-non-conforming individuals frequently experience bias and marginalisation in day-to-day life. Working with a therapist who understands these unique challenges, as well as accepts and affirms their identity, can help LGBTQ clients feel safe and supported during therapy—allowing them to better navigate their relationships, mental health, and anything else that they wish to explore during therapy. It is important to note that many therapists can be effective in their work with LGBTQ+ individuals, even in the absence of specific training or background knowledge. The most important component in therapy is the alliance between therapist and client, and this alliance can exist between individuals with very different backgrounds.

How can I find an LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

You may wish to inquire about a therapist’s expertise with your specific challenges or concerns—depression, for example, or relationship strife—as well as their past experiences treating LGBTQ+ clients. Prospective clients may also ask whether a therapist has obtained additional training and/or certification in LGBTQ-affirmative techniques.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience with LGBTQ issues?

Prospective clients should feel empowered to directly ask therapists whether they have received training or been certified in LGBTQ-affirming therapy; competent therapists will be happy to explain their educational background and preferred approach(es) to help a client find the best match for them. Clients may also wish to ask how a therapist has treated clients with their particular challenges in the past and what they expect treatment to look like.

Are all the therapists listed in the LGBTQ directory themselves members of the LGBTQ community?

While therapists may choose to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity in their profiles, the LGBTQ directory features not only those who have shared this information but also those who assert specialised training or experience in providing support to queer individuals, couples or families.