LGBTQ+ Affirming Counsellors in Leicester, ENG

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M Fok
Counsellor, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1  (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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Mamta Ward
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
I have specialisms in working with race and cultural identity and am an LGBTQ+ ally, areas where there is often little support and speaking to the right person can really help.
Welcome. It can feel difficult to start with counselling, so let me start by saying the work we do will be guided by your own choices and needs. You can express these in a confidential space of emotional safety and we can explore what is happening for you and better understand it. Together we can define and move towards your goals at a pace that suits and feels safe to you. I work with low mood, sadness, anxiety, depression and feelings of being overwhelmed.
I have specialisms in working with race and cultural identity and am an LGBTQ+ ally, areas where there is often little support and speaking to the right person can really help.
Welcome. It can feel difficult to start with counselling, so let me start by saying the work we do will be guided by your own choices and needs. You can express these in a confidential space of emotional safety and we can explore what is happening for you and better understand it. Together we can define and move towards your goals at a pace that suits and feels safe to you. I work with low mood, sadness, anxiety, depression and feelings of being overwhelmed.
07401 206254 View 07401 206254
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Rajan Rai | Individuals And Couples
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
Hello! I’m Raj, and I am UKCP registered. I offer face-to-face individual & couples counselling sessions at two locations in Nottingham as well as online. With individuals, I work with (but not limited to): Depression & Anxiety; Relationship Issues; LGBTQIA+ - related Issues; Racial and cultural issues/conflicts; Low self-esteem; Lack of fulfilment. With couples, typical issues include:  affairs; conflict & anger; poor communication; life transitions; sexual difficulties; separation & divorce.
Hello! I’m Raj, and I am UKCP registered. I offer face-to-face individual & couples counselling sessions at two locations in Nottingham as well as online. With individuals, I work with (but not limited to): Depression & Anxiety; Relationship Issues; LGBTQIA+ - related Issues; Racial and cultural issues/conflicts; Low self-esteem; Lack of fulfilment. With couples, typical issues include:  affairs; conflict & anger; poor communication; life transitions; sexual difficulties; separation & divorce.
01777 809417 View 01777 809417
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Sacha Jackson
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE1
I currently provide support directly to the Transgender and non binary communities.
I provide a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment to explore emotional difficulties which may be causing distress or imbalance. I have been providing face to face Counselling for over 13 years and hold BACP Accreditation. I have experience of working with a variety of issues including sexuality, bereavement, gender identity, abuse, and depression to name some.
I currently provide support directly to the Transgender and non binary communities.
I provide a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment to explore emotional difficulties which may be causing distress or imbalance. I have been providing face to face Counselling for over 13 years and hold BACP Accreditation. I have experience of working with a variety of issues including sexuality, bereavement, gender identity, abuse, and depression to name some.
0116 464 9978 View 0116 464 9978
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Mentalhealthfitness.Org
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
Hello, my name is Kerrie Riley. I am a registered counsellor (psychotherapists) working in Leicester, Leicestershire. I am a accredited member of the BACP (British Association For Counselling And Psychotherapy). I started my career in counselling, because I have a passion for supporting the wellbeing of others and  believe anyone can benefit from a supportive and genuine relationship. I am confident in working with a variety of age groups over 16yrs, and from different cultures or ethnicities. I pride myself in working with the LGBTQIA+ and ethnically diverse communities.
Hello, my name is Kerrie Riley. I am a registered counsellor (psychotherapists) working in Leicester, Leicestershire. I am a accredited member of the BACP (British Association For Counselling And Psychotherapy). I started my career in counselling, because I have a passion for supporting the wellbeing of others and  believe anyone can benefit from a supportive and genuine relationship. I am confident in working with a variety of age groups over 16yrs, and from different cultures or ethnicities. I pride myself in working with the LGBTQIA+ and ethnically diverse communities.
0116 464 9722 View 0116 464 9722
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Jay McCarthy
Counsellor, MA, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1  (Online Only)
I am an experienced counsellor specialising in supporting neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ clients. I take a person-centred approach, which means that there is no formulating a treatment plan, no homework, no trying to 'fix you'. I don't think anyone is broken - we all do amazingly well considering what we've been through and where we are right now. I’m here to offer you a space to be you, all of you, just as you are, without judgment. A chance to be heard, believed and valued.
I am an experienced counsellor specialising in supporting neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ clients. I take a person-centred approach, which means that there is no formulating a treatment plan, no homework, no trying to 'fix you'. I don't think anyone is broken - we all do amazingly well considering what we've been through and where we are right now. I’m here to offer you a space to be you, all of you, just as you are, without judgment. A chance to be heard, believed and valued.
01926 895421 View 01926 895421
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Through the Woods Therapy by Sarah Williams
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE7  (Online Only)
She’s LGBTQ+ friendly and extremely non-judgmental.
Are you living in a way which is deeply satisfying and which truly expresses you? Life's challenges can often obscure our path, making it difficult to see the wood for the trees. I'm here to walk beside you on your journey, helping you navigate those intricate woods of your life. Together, we'll widen the path and illuminate new perspectives. With support and guidance, you can rediscover your own way forward, gaining clarity and fulfilment along the way. Your unique story and individuality matter, and I'm committed to helping you discover your own way forward.
She’s LGBTQ+ friendly and extremely non-judgmental.
Are you living in a way which is deeply satisfying and which truly expresses you? Life's challenges can often obscure our path, making it difficult to see the wood for the trees. I'm here to walk beside you on your journey, helping you navigate those intricate woods of your life. Together, we'll widen the path and illuminate new perspectives. With support and guidance, you can rediscover your own way forward, gaining clarity and fulfilment along the way. Your unique story and individuality matter, and I'm committed to helping you discover your own way forward.
0116 497 9769 View 0116 497 9769
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Linda Mafuta
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE3  (Online Only)
I work trans-culturally and value diversity.
My name is Linda Mafuta and I am an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have experience of working in the mental health services for 17 years and I have been working for the NHS over the last 7 years as a Counsellor. I work with Individual adults as well as Couples. Sometimes we may feel alone, overwhelmed or just struggle to discuss what is going in our lives with our family, friends or loved ones. Whether you come to therapy as an individual or a couple.
I work trans-culturally and value diversity.
My name is Linda Mafuta and I am an Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I have experience of working in the mental health services for 17 years and I have been working for the NHS over the last 7 years as a Counsellor. I work with Individual adults as well as Couples. Sometimes we may feel alone, overwhelmed or just struggle to discuss what is going in our lives with our family, friends or loved ones. Whether you come to therapy as an individual or a couple.
01305 235772 View 01305 235772
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Imbeko Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
I am an Integrative Counsellor who qualified from the University of Leicester and is a member of the BACP. I have a friendly & trustworthy personality and has experience in working with clients with a wide range of issues, including Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement, Trauma, PTSD, Low Confidence and problems arising from childhood. By applying an integrative approach; Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Cogitative Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transitional Analysis (TA), Gestalt etc. I would feel honoured to listen empathetically to your individual concerns.
I am an Integrative Counsellor who qualified from the University of Leicester and is a member of the BACP. I have a friendly & trustworthy personality and has experience in working with clients with a wide range of issues, including Depression, Anxiety, Bereavement, Trauma, PTSD, Low Confidence and problems arising from childhood. By applying an integrative approach; Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Cogitative Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transitional Analysis (TA), Gestalt etc. I would feel honoured to listen empathetically to your individual concerns.
0116 326 1315 View 0116 326 1315
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Netifnet Arthur-Hawkes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1
Have you ever wished you could say how you really felt, and that someone would take the time to listen to you? Perhaps you have kept your thoughts and feelings to yourself through fear of being put down, judged, or laughed at? Or maybe you put your problems aside because you feel the other person is more important? Counselling is the opportunity to sort your thoughts; gives you time to work out what you really feel, the space to consider your options, and decide what you feel is best for you. People come for different reasons, but all wish the same outcomes; to be heard, be understood, feel better and find ways to enjoy their life.
Have you ever wished you could say how you really felt, and that someone would take the time to listen to you? Perhaps you have kept your thoughts and feelings to yourself through fear of being put down, judged, or laughed at? Or maybe you put your problems aside because you feel the other person is more important? Counselling is the opportunity to sort your thoughts; gives you time to work out what you really feel, the space to consider your options, and decide what you feel is best for you. People come for different reasons, but all wish the same outcomes; to be heard, be understood, feel better and find ways to enjoy their life.
07444 001625 View 07444 001625
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Laurie May Atkinson
Psychotherapist, MSc, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Leicester LE1  (Online Only)
Finding a therapist and taking part in counselling can be a stressful process. You may be wish to work on a specific issue, event or problem in your life, or perhaps you are negotiating a major change or period of anxiety or depression. I believe everyone has the innate capacity to reach their full potential, but sometimes difficult experiences and relationships can stifle growth. I offer you a safe, empathic, and reflective space in which to negotiate blocks in your life, develop your self-esteem, and give you the confidence to follow your path.
Finding a therapist and taking part in counselling can be a stressful process. You may be wish to work on a specific issue, event or problem in your life, or perhaps you are negotiating a major change or period of anxiety or depression. I believe everyone has the innate capacity to reach their full potential, but sometimes difficult experiences and relationships can stifle growth. I offer you a safe, empathic, and reflective space in which to negotiate blocks in your life, develop your self-esteem, and give you the confidence to follow your path.
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Knighton counselling
Counsellor, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE2
I have been in practice for 22 years and during that time helped hundreds of clients with a wide range of emotional issues. I am a compassionate and approachable person that clients trust and feel at ease with. Relationship breakdowns and difficulties can leave people feeling lost and confused counselling can help them through this process of change . Past negative experiences can have an impact on their lives in a negative way , I can help clients process past trauma so that they can live a more happy life. I am the clinical supervisor at a womens sexual abuse charity and the clinicalead of a cancer charity .
I have been in practice for 22 years and during that time helped hundreds of clients with a wide range of emotional issues. I am a compassionate and approachable person that clients trust and feel at ease with. Relationship breakdowns and difficulties can leave people feeling lost and confused counselling can help them through this process of change . Past negative experiences can have an impact on their lives in a negative way , I can help clients process past trauma so that they can live a more happy life. I am the clinical supervisor at a womens sexual abuse charity and the clinicalead of a cancer charity .
0116 478 2895 View 0116 478 2895
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Farah Hussain
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE5
Your desire for an improvement in a particular area of your life has brought you to this page. And whatever you desire more of... whether it's more connection, love and ease in your relationships; more clarity, confidence and self-esteem or simply more peace, balance, and optimism in your life - you're in the right place. I’d love to help you discover a new and positive way forward so that you can step into your powerful potential and have the life and relationships that your heart truly desires. You can find out more about my psychotherapy, couples therapy and relationship coaching services on my website: www.farahhussain.com.
Your desire for an improvement in a particular area of your life has brought you to this page. And whatever you desire more of... whether it's more connection, love and ease in your relationships; more clarity, confidence and self-esteem or simply more peace, balance, and optimism in your life - you're in the right place. I’d love to help you discover a new and positive way forward so that you can step into your powerful potential and have the life and relationships that your heart truly desires. You can find out more about my psychotherapy, couples therapy and relationship coaching services on my website: www.farahhussain.com.
0116 497 1784 View 0116 497 1784
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Richard Murray
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE4
It can be really tough to actually talk about what is going on for you. Sometimes we feel shame or fear at the prospect of sharing these feelings. Sometimes there just aren't words for those feelings. I offer a space in which whatever you wish to talk about is fine. I am not easily shocked! Our time spent together will involve creating a safe space in which you can explore whatever it is that you want or need. I like to hold a space where I embrace that everybody is unique and that nobody is "perfect." I also understand the drive to achieve that perfection and how difficult it can be balancing the two.
It can be really tough to actually talk about what is going on for you. Sometimes we feel shame or fear at the prospect of sharing these feelings. Sometimes there just aren't words for those feelings. I offer a space in which whatever you wish to talk about is fine. I am not easily shocked! Our time spent together will involve creating a safe space in which you can explore whatever it is that you want or need. I like to hold a space where I embrace that everybody is unique and that nobody is "perfect." I also understand the drive to achieve that perfection and how difficult it can be balancing the two.
0116 497 6823 View 0116 497 6823
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Adrian Ward
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE3
Thank you for looking at my profile. I know that taking the first steps towards accessing talking therapy can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming. I aim to offer clients a welcoming, safe space in which they can explore their feelings without feeling judged. In this space we can work together to make some sense of how your world is and how you might like to change things, to feel happier, more fulfilled, safer, less overwhelmed or something else. I initially suggest 2 assessment sessions where you can gauge whether I feel like the right person for you to work with and I can assess whether I have the appropriate skills to help you.
Thank you for looking at my profile. I know that taking the first steps towards accessing talking therapy can be nerve-wracking and overwhelming. I aim to offer clients a welcoming, safe space in which they can explore their feelings without feeling judged. In this space we can work together to make some sense of how your world is and how you might like to change things, to feel happier, more fulfilled, safer, less overwhelmed or something else. I initially suggest 2 assessment sessions where you can gauge whether I feel like the right person for you to work with and I can assess whether I have the appropriate skills to help you.
0116 497 6841 View 0116 497 6841
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Garry Rollins
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE4
Hello. I am a trained and qualified therapist and counsellor, working within a whole range of issues, especially focusing on clients with hard to address issues. My priority is providing a safe, professional and yet friendly service. Whatever issues you have, give me a call and we can talk and I can let you know whether I am honestly able to help.
Hello. I am a trained and qualified therapist and counsellor, working within a whole range of issues, especially focusing on clients with hard to address issues. My priority is providing a safe, professional and yet friendly service. Whatever issues you have, give me a call and we can talk and I can let you know whether I am honestly able to help.
0116 326 2879 View 0116 326 2879
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Shaun William Lewis Snr. Accred
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Leicester LE2
Most of us experience times in our lives when we feel low, worried or anxious. This might be because of specific difficulties such as anxiety, night terrors, panic attacks or depression, it could also be a general sense of feeling down and simply not understanding why. Talking to an experienced, accredited therapist offers you the opportunity to explore what concerns you may have in a confidential, non-judgemental setting with someone who explores what life events might have contributed to these feelings. I am now offering Saturday appointments from 09:00-13:00.
Most of us experience times in our lives when we feel low, worried or anxious. This might be because of specific difficulties such as anxiety, night terrors, panic attacks or depression, it could also be a general sense of feeling down and simply not understanding why. Talking to an experienced, accredited therapist offers you the opportunity to explore what concerns you may have in a confidential, non-judgemental setting with someone who explores what life events might have contributed to these feelings. I am now offering Saturday appointments from 09:00-13:00.
0116 326 5545 View 0116 326 5545
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You And Me Therapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Leicester LE1
Hello, I believe it can be tough sometimes perhaps because you might be feeling stuck or your sense of direction has derailed, its ok! I get it! All you want is to feel heard. However you are feeling, it truly is ok! Trying to understand where it is you are right now is an important part of therapy, which will help you to overcome issues, such as anxiety, stress, lack of confidence & low self - esteem. You maybe feeling some or all of these and the thought of getting back on track feels like a challenge.
Hello, I believe it can be tough sometimes perhaps because you might be feeling stuck or your sense of direction has derailed, its ok! I get it! All you want is to feel heard. However you are feeling, it truly is ok! Trying to understand where it is you are right now is an important part of therapy, which will help you to overcome issues, such as anxiety, stress, lack of confidence & low self - esteem. You maybe feeling some or all of these and the thought of getting back on track feels like a challenge.
0116 326 4298 View 0116 326 4298
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Alison Claire Holder
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE5
Hi, I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I Offer face to face and online sessions, I am based in Evington Leicester with easy access for parking. I have many years experience working with a range of different issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, self esteem, relationship issues. I have experience of working with children (age 5 up) teenagers and adults. I offer you a safe non judgemental place to explore your difficult thoughts and feelings, and work with you to create the changes you want to make.
Hi, I am a qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I Offer face to face and online sessions, I am based in Evington Leicester with easy access for parking. I have many years experience working with a range of different issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, bereavement and loss, self esteem, relationship issues. I have experience of working with children (age 5 up) teenagers and adults. I offer you a safe non judgemental place to explore your difficult thoughts and feelings, and work with you to create the changes you want to make.
0116 216 4260 View 0116 216 4260
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Raksha Patel
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Leicester LE2
Hi, I am a fully qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Clinical supervisor based in Oadby. I am also a trainee Supervisor. Sometimes we can all feel overwhelmed and struggle in life. Experiences can often cause strong feelings of anger, fear or pain and by talking and understanding your individual situation you can begin to lessen the pain. Counselling can help you to manage the anxiety, anger and any other emotions you may be experiencing, by working together we can look at areas that you would like to work on, to enable you to find ways of coping.
Hi, I am a fully qualified Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Clinical supervisor based in Oadby. I am also a trainee Supervisor. Sometimes we can all feel overwhelmed and struggle in life. Experiences can often cause strong feelings of anger, fear or pain and by talking and understanding your individual situation you can begin to lessen the pain. Counselling can help you to manage the anxiety, anger and any other emotions you may be experiencing, by working together we can look at areas that you would like to work on, to enable you to find ways of coping.
0116 478 2891 View 0116 478 2891

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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.