LGBTQ+ Affirming Counsellors in Birmingham, ENG

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Sid Lorcan Good
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Birmingham B30
My particular area of interest is LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy as well as working with gender and relationship diversity and neurodiversity.
Welcome, I am an integrative psychotherapist in training offering counselling appointments in person in Birmingham, UK or online appointments globally. I work with people from all walks of life in a warm but practical way and I am particularly interested in creating a space in therapy for you to explore your uniqueness and your special contribution to the world. People seek therapy for a wide range of reasons which are highly unique and individual. I am interested in working together to move towards your unique goals and a deeper understanding of yourself.
My particular area of interest is LGBTQ+ affirmative therapy as well as working with gender and relationship diversity and neurodiversity.
Welcome, I am an integrative psychotherapist in training offering counselling appointments in person in Birmingham, UK or online appointments globally. I work with people from all walks of life in a warm but practical way and I am particularly interested in creating a space in therapy for you to explore your uniqueness and your special contribution to the world. People seek therapy for a wide range of reasons which are highly unique and individual. I am interested in working together to move towards your unique goals and a deeper understanding of yourself.
0121 387 3509 View 0121 387 3509
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Kyle James (Psychotherapist)
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I have a particular interest in supporting those within oppressed communities.
Thank you for visiting my page. If you're reading this, it's likely that you're going through a difficult period and could value some support. I'm a qualified and accredited Psychotherapist and Trainee Psychologist offering online CBT therapy to help you overcome your difficulties. CBT is a type of talking therapy that helps you to understand yourself and develop bespoke coping mechanisms. CBT focuses on how certain experiences and situations can impact your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Sessions will focus on understanding your difficulties and exploring effective and bespoke tools and strategies that work for you.
As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I have a particular interest in supporting those within oppressed communities.
Thank you for visiting my page. If you're reading this, it's likely that you're going through a difficult period and could value some support. I'm a qualified and accredited Psychotherapist and Trainee Psychologist offering online CBT therapy to help you overcome your difficulties. CBT is a type of talking therapy that helps you to understand yourself and develop bespoke coping mechanisms. CBT focuses on how certain experiences and situations can impact your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Sessions will focus on understanding your difficulties and exploring effective and bespoke tools and strategies that work for you.
01446 506822 View 01446 506822
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James William Deaville
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham B1
A lot of the work that I have done has been focused on LGBTQIA+, GSRD and disability issues.
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working in a person-centred way. This means that no session is approached with a set agenda. The session shall be guided by what you would like to discuss. My role is to metaphorically walk alongside you as a gentle guide. I aim to provide an empathic, sincere and warm space for you to explore your emotions, find your voice and develop an understanding of what may be going on for you. I am based in Stoke-on-Trent for anybody wanting in-person sessions; however, I also offer online sessions.
A lot of the work that I have done has been focused on LGBTQIA+, GSRD and disability issues.
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist working in a person-centred way. This means that no session is approached with a set agenda. The session shall be guided by what you would like to discuss. My role is to metaphorically walk alongside you as a gentle guide. I aim to provide an empathic, sincere and warm space for you to explore your emotions, find your voice and develop an understanding of what may be going on for you. I am based in Stoke-on-Trent for anybody wanting in-person sessions; however, I also offer online sessions.
01772 503256 View 01772 503256
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Rae Yates
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Birmingham B1
I am a Queer Non-Binary / LGBTQIA+ Person-Centred Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor. I work with people with all kinds of issues, concerns and distress. I work with individual adults (18+) who are gay, bi, queer, trans, non-binary, cis, agender, intersex & sexuality/gender questioning. I also work with people who are neurodivergent, hear voices or have unusual beliefs /experiences, people in non-monogamous or poly relationships, people labelled with PTSD, schizophrenia or a personality disorder.
I am a Queer Non-Binary / LGBTQIA+ Person-Centred Counsellor and Clinical Supervisor. I work with people with all kinds of issues, concerns and distress. I work with individual adults (18+) who are gay, bi, queer, trans, non-binary, cis, agender, intersex & sexuality/gender questioning. I also work with people who are neurodivergent, hear voices or have unusual beliefs /experiences, people in non-monogamous or poly relationships, people labelled with PTSD, schizophrenia or a personality disorder.
020 3879 4147 View 020 3879 4147
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Darren Good
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
As a gay man, I can understand the impact of being a minority, particularly on self-esteem and relationships, and I have a special interest in supporting other queer men navigating love and sex, in all the diverse and unconventional ways that occur.
What if you accepted every part of yourself, even those you hide from the world? What might be possible? Modern life can be challenging, with its demands, expectations and technology, but self-discovery can lead to learning, growth and a greater sense of ease. I can be your calm companion as you explore the areas of life that need attention, helping you connect with others and feel more belonging. My approach is person-centred and acknowledges how childhood experiences shape our adulthood, so that therapy will partly involve coming to terms with the past and how it affects the present.
As a gay man, I can understand the impact of being a minority, particularly on self-esteem and relationships, and I have a special interest in supporting other queer men navigating love and sex, in all the diverse and unconventional ways that occur.
What if you accepted every part of yourself, even those you hide from the world? What might be possible? Modern life can be challenging, with its demands, expectations and technology, but self-discovery can lead to learning, growth and a greater sense of ease. I can be your calm companion as you explore the areas of life that need attention, helping you connect with others and feel more belonging. My approach is person-centred and acknowledges how childhood experiences shape our adulthood, so that therapy will partly involve coming to terms with the past and how it affects the present.
0161 524 3376 View 0161 524 3376
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M Fok
Counsellor, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
As a non-binary therapist with BAME & LGBTQIA background, specializing in LGBTQIA+ counselling and gender transitioning.
Have you faced judgement for simply being yourself? Has your sexuality, identity, gender, and life choices been disapproved of? It's challenging to live with constant questioning from family, friends, or others. We may even begin to question ourselves, wondering if we're "normal," if we're making the right choices, or if we'll ever be accepted. These thoughts can make it difficult to be confident in who we are and to find happiness. My role here is not to aim to fix things or help you feel "normal". Instead, I strive to work alongside you to discover a path that is uniquely yours, empowering you to be yourself and find happiness.
As a non-binary therapist with BAME & LGBTQIA background, specializing in LGBTQIA+ counselling and gender transitioning.
Have you faced judgement for simply being yourself? Has your sexuality, identity, gender, and life choices been disapproved of? It's challenging to live with constant questioning from family, friends, or others. We may even begin to question ourselves, wondering if we're "normal," if we're making the right choices, or if we'll ever be accepted. These thoughts can make it difficult to be confident in who we are and to find happiness. My role here is not to aim to fix things or help you feel "normal". Instead, I strive to work alongside you to discover a path that is uniquely yours, empowering you to be yourself and find happiness.
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Matthew Smith
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B3
I specialise in assisting young people, neurodivergent individuals, and LGBTQ+ clients, addressing their specific needs, including navigating environments where they may feel like they don't belong.
Taking the first step towards seeking help is a courageous decision. If you believe that I can be the right counsellor for you or your loved one, please don't hesitate to reach out. Whatever your situation, I will aim to understand, empathise and help you through these problems. My counselling approach is rooted in empathy, respect, and non-judgment, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings at your own pace in a safe and encouraging environment.
I specialise in assisting young people, neurodivergent individuals, and LGBTQ+ clients, addressing their specific needs, including navigating environments where they may feel like they don't belong.
Taking the first step towards seeking help is a courageous decision. If you believe that I can be the right counsellor for you or your loved one, please don't hesitate to reach out. Whatever your situation, I will aim to understand, empathise and help you through these problems. My counselling approach is rooted in empathy, respect, and non-judgment, allowing you to explore your thoughts and feelings at your own pace in a safe and encouraging environment.
0121 827 1697 View 0121 827 1697
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Suz West
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Birmingham B45
I work with a variety of issues and have an extensive background working with the LGBT community.
Hello I am Suz welcome to my profile. I am an experienced counsellor , psychotherapist and supervisor. I work from Northfield. I offer individual face to face counselling on a long or short term basis. I work in a person centred way working along side my clients. I offer a warm , safe , non judgmental therapeutic relationship and environment. Counselling offers a space to reflect on you and make some sense of your emotions. It will help you to discover your own resources and become more self aware. I work at my clients pace and offer support throughout the counselling process.
I work with a variety of issues and have an extensive background working with the LGBT community.
Hello I am Suz welcome to my profile. I am an experienced counsellor , psychotherapist and supervisor. I work from Northfield. I offer individual face to face counselling on a long or short term basis. I work in a person centred way working along side my clients. I offer a warm , safe , non judgmental therapeutic relationship and environment. Counselling offers a space to reflect on you and make some sense of your emotions. It will help you to discover your own resources and become more self aware. I work at my clients pace and offer support throughout the counselling process.
0121 728 2353 View 0121 728 2353
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Hayley Jayne Clayton
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B28
I have experience working with clients with bereavement and clients from the LGBT+ community from working at an LGBT+ agency.
Hi I’m Hayley and I’m a qualified intregative counsellor, which means I draw from different therapeutic styles to suit my clients individual needs. I was once in your position so I know how daunting it can be to reach out for support. I am passionate about guiding others to find their path to a fulfilling life
I have experience working with clients with bereavement and clients from the LGBT+ community from working at an LGBT+ agency.
Hi I’m Hayley and I’m a qualified intregative counsellor, which means I draw from different therapeutic styles to suit my clients individual needs. I was once in your position so I know how daunting it can be to reach out for support. I am passionate about guiding others to find their path to a fulfilling life
0121 827 1935 View 0121 827 1935
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Dave Chambers
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
I have received additional training in working with clients from the Black, Asian and LGBTQ+ communities, and use affirmative practice.
I am a qualified person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist based in Manchester, offering online counselling to individuals and couples in the UK. My approach is warm and friendly and I work with care and compassion. I offer a safe space, free from judgement, where you can be yourself and explore any issues that may be causing confusion, discomfort or distress. You will decide what we talk about and we will always work at a pace that is comfortable for you. It is important that you feel at ease working with me, so I offer a free first session (50 minutes), so you can see how I work and decide whether you wish to continue.
I have received additional training in working with clients from the Black, Asian and LGBTQ+ communities, and use affirmative practice.
I am a qualified person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist based in Manchester, offering online counselling to individuals and couples in the UK. My approach is warm and friendly and I work with care and compassion. I offer a safe space, free from judgement, where you can be yourself and explore any issues that may be causing confusion, discomfort or distress. You will decide what we talk about and we will always work at a pace that is comfortable for you. It is important that you feel at ease working with me, so I offer a free first session (50 minutes), so you can see how I work and decide whether you wish to continue.
01707 244854 View 01707 244854
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Mark Sisterson
Counsellor, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Birmingham B43  (Online Only)
For the last 17 years my working experience has been both in the charity sector and the NHS in sexual health/HIV, sexual violence, and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.
Facing challenges in your sex life or relationship? Finding life difficult and feeling it could be better? Wanting to explore your identity? Hoping to heal from trauma? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then I may be able to help. I am a fully qualified psychosexual and relationships therapist and counsellor offering support to individuals, couples and other relationships. I approach therapy from a number of different therapeutic approaches, working with you directly to understand your goals and tailoring the therapy to your specific needs.
For the last 17 years my working experience has been both in the charity sector and the NHS in sexual health/HIV, sexual violence, and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.
Facing challenges in your sex life or relationship? Finding life difficult and feeling it could be better? Wanting to explore your identity? Hoping to heal from trauma? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then I may be able to help. I am a fully qualified psychosexual and relationships therapist and counsellor offering support to individuals, couples and other relationships. I approach therapy from a number of different therapeutic approaches, working with you directly to understand your goals and tailoring the therapy to your specific needs.
0121 227 7905 View 0121 227 7905
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David Clifford
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, COSRT Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham B1
As a gay man I bring a deep, empathetic and sensitive perspective to sex and relationships.
Hello, I am David and I specialise in sex and relationship therapy. I work with individuals and couples on a wide range of psychosexual themes including sexual anxiety, erectile difficulties, premature and delayed ejaculation, painful sex, low desire, kink, sex addiction and LGBTQ issues including coming out. I also offer support for concerns related to sexualised drug use (Chemsex), survivors of sexual trauma, and living with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV. I also offer couples therapy on a broad spectrum of themes including infidelity, a decline in intimacy and navigating alternative relationship structures.
As a gay man I bring a deep, empathetic and sensitive perspective to sex and relationships.
Hello, I am David and I specialise in sex and relationship therapy. I work with individuals and couples on a wide range of psychosexual themes including sexual anxiety, erectile difficulties, premature and delayed ejaculation, painful sex, low desire, kink, sex addiction and LGBTQ issues including coming out. I also offer support for concerns related to sexualised drug use (Chemsex), survivors of sexual trauma, and living with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as HIV. I also offer couples therapy on a broad spectrum of themes including infidelity, a decline in intimacy and navigating alternative relationship structures.
020 3879 3502 View 020 3879 3502
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Debbie Clements MA Gender, LGBT +, Relational.
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
Highly experienced & qualified therapist (10years+) offering low cost counselling. Are you coming out or transitioning? Navigating polyamory/non monogamy? Queer? LGBT+? Questioning? When we're unable to safely be our authentic selves we experience poor mental health and may suffer with stress, anxiety, low mood and relationship difficulties. You'll find a confidential, exploratory, listening space welcoming of diversity so you can relax and get on with addressing what's going on for you. Over 10yrs in psychotherapy, 25yrs mental health support & senior accredited BACP and adv. accredited in Gender Sex Relationship Diversity (GSRD).
Highly experienced & qualified therapist (10years+) offering low cost counselling. Are you coming out or transitioning? Navigating polyamory/non monogamy? Queer? LGBT+? Questioning? When we're unable to safely be our authentic selves we experience poor mental health and may suffer with stress, anxiety, low mood and relationship difficulties. You'll find a confidential, exploratory, listening space welcoming of diversity so you can relax and get on with addressing what's going on for you. Over 10yrs in psychotherapy, 25yrs mental health support & senior accredited BACP and adv. accredited in Gender Sex Relationship Diversity (GSRD).
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Georgia Dickinson
Counsellor, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B14
I offer an LGBTQ+ affirmative service, and am committed to anti-racist practice.
Hi there, I'm Georgia. A warm welcome! I offer a compassionate, friendly and affirmative space for people of all backgrounds. I help people to feel more at ease and able to live the life that they want to in a way that is authentic to them. I assist people in dealing with the challenges that life brings and to support them in making the changes that they would like to, with an attitude of curiosity and compassion. I do this by combining practical psychological tools with a highly empathetic approach.
I offer an LGBTQ+ affirmative service, and am committed to anti-racist practice.
Hi there, I'm Georgia. A warm welcome! I offer a compassionate, friendly and affirmative space for people of all backgrounds. I help people to feel more at ease and able to live the life that they want to in a way that is authentic to them. I assist people in dealing with the challenges that life brings and to support them in making the changes that they would like to, with an attitude of curiosity and compassion. I do this by combining practical psychological tools with a highly empathetic approach.
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Angela Watson
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Birmingham B12  (Online Only)
My Clinical specialities are: trauma, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ, self worth, stress, women’s issues, domestic abuse, addiction (drugs, alcohol) non-traditional relationships, mood disorders, relationship concerns (including friendships). I also specialize in workplace issues and challenges especially within the not-for-profit sector.
My Clinical specialities are: trauma, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ, self worth, stress, women’s issues, domestic abuse, addiction (drugs, alcohol) non-traditional relationships, mood disorders, relationship concerns (including friendships). I also specialize in workplace issues and challenges especially within the not-for-profit sector.
0121 827 5651 View 0121 827 5651
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Samantha Oliver
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B2
I'm Sam (or Samantha, I don't mind either), I've gained experience working in the third sector supporting survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence in multiple roles such as a counsellor, group facilitator, and assessing client needs. I've also gained experience working in a sexual health clinic that support the LGBTQ+ community - working with a variety of issues and presentations such as  GSRD, Disabilities, Neurodiversity, ADHD, Sexual health, Sexual problems, and Gender dysphoria, compulsive sexual behaviour (sex addiction). I have an interest in dissociative disorders and working with 'parts' of people to create synthesis.
I'm Sam (or Samantha, I don't mind either), I've gained experience working in the third sector supporting survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence in multiple roles such as a counsellor, group facilitator, and assessing client needs. I've also gained experience working in a sexual health clinic that support the LGBTQ+ community - working with a variety of issues and presentations such as  GSRD, Disabilities, Neurodiversity, ADHD, Sexual health, Sexual problems, and Gender dysphoria, compulsive sexual behaviour (sex addiction). I have an interest in dissociative disorders and working with 'parts' of people to create synthesis.
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Hannah Berhanu
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Music Therap.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
I am an experienced music psychotherapist, who has been privileged to work with children, young adults and older adults, with a range of diagnoses. During this time I am working remotely from home. Therefore, please get in touch if you would like online therapy sessions. Working through the NHS, various charities and independently with: Self-esteem, Childhood trauma, Neurodiversity - such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, LGBTQIA+, Self-harm, ADHD Cultural and identity concerns Anxiety and depression.
I am an experienced music psychotherapist, who has been privileged to work with children, young adults and older adults, with a range of diagnoses. During this time I am working remotely from home. Therefore, please get in touch if you would like online therapy sessions. Working through the NHS, various charities and independently with: Self-esteem, Childhood trauma, Neurodiversity - such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, LGBTQIA+, Self-harm, ADHD Cultural and identity concerns Anxiety and depression.
01628 965422 View 01628 965422
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Richard Majors
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B4
In 2019, he received the Expert Witness Award from Lawyer Monthly Magazine, in recognition of his specialised knowledge and experience within the area of Trans-cultural Psychology.
My Primary mission is to provide services that address the psychological and mental health needs of children, adults and families from both mainstream groups and multicultural communities, who have been historically under-represented in gaining access to mental health or excluded altogether to services because of their race, gender, class, sexual orientation or disability. Dr Majors is a former Clinical Fellow and Post Doctorate at Harvard Medical School. He is also an honorary professor, counselling psychologist and a Fellow for the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered counselling psychologist HCPC.
In 2019, he received the Expert Witness Award from Lawyer Monthly Magazine, in recognition of his specialised knowledge and experience within the area of Trans-cultural Psychology.
My Primary mission is to provide services that address the psychological and mental health needs of children, adults and families from both mainstream groups and multicultural communities, who have been historically under-represented in gaining access to mental health or excluded altogether to services because of their race, gender, class, sexual orientation or disability. Dr Majors is a former Clinical Fellow and Post Doctorate at Harvard Medical School. He is also an honorary professor, counselling psychologist and a Fellow for the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered counselling psychologist HCPC.
07480 486580 View 07480 486580
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Adrian Jama
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
My name is Adrian Jama and I am a MSc Qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My practice is rooted in inclusivity, non-judgement and a dedication for providing a safe and affirming space for you to be your true self. I have extensive experience and passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community. I strive to create a therapeutic space that not only celebrates your identity and promotes self-acceptance, but also allows you to reflect and grow in self-awareness and confidence.
My name is Adrian Jama and I am a MSc Qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist, registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My practice is rooted in inclusivity, non-judgement and a dedication for providing a safe and affirming space for you to be your true self. I have extensive experience and passion for working with the LGBTQ+ community. I strive to create a therapeutic space that not only celebrates your identity and promotes self-acceptance, but also allows you to reflect and grow in self-awareness and confidence.
01952 984245 View 01952 984245
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Michael F Harris
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B15  (Online Only)
I especially welcome Queer, ENM and s3x +.
I'm Michael Harris, a fully qualified therapist, governed by BACP and NCPS accredited counselling bodies. I offer Life and Wellness therapy in Bristol (and beyond) to individuals, couples, groups and companies. My Bristol Counselling practice (and beyond) is online, or by telephone, across English-speaking time zones, at a schedule that works for you. I help you find your Blazing Soul - balance and direction, clarity and focus, increased confidence and self-esteem, and improved mental, physical and emotional wealth.
I especially welcome Queer, ENM and s3x +.
I'm Michael Harris, a fully qualified therapist, governed by BACP and NCPS accredited counselling bodies. I offer Life and Wellness therapy in Bristol (and beyond) to individuals, couples, groups and companies. My Bristol Counselling practice (and beyond) is online, or by telephone, across English-speaking time zones, at a schedule that works for you. I help you find your Blazing Soul - balance and direction, clarity and focus, increased confidence and self-esteem, and improved mental, physical and emotional wealth.
07506 715611 View 07506 715611

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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.