LGBTQ+ Affirming Counsellors in Edinburgh, SCT

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Dr Cheryl Venart - Neurodivergent Specialist
Psychologist, HCPC - Health Psych.
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
I am also particularly passionate about working in the areas of health management, pain, supporting young people, women's health and LGBT+ individuals.
Looking to grow or develop? Perhaps you have autism and/or ADHD and are needing some support? As a Health Psychologist, I work holistically to consider your mental and physical health. Having lived experience of being a neurodivergent Psychologist, I am also uniquely skilled in supporting neurodivergent clients, life coaching (ADHD, sensory challenges and advocacy), self-esteem and moving into acceptance of self. I work with adults of all ages, and young people. I work with clients who may wish for positive coaching, support with sleep, a wide range of health conditions or are perhaps caring for someone.
I am also particularly passionate about working in the areas of health management, pain, supporting young people, women's health and LGBT+ individuals.
Looking to grow or develop? Perhaps you have autism and/or ADHD and are needing some support? As a Health Psychologist, I work holistically to consider your mental and physical health. Having lived experience of being a neurodivergent Psychologist, I am also uniquely skilled in supporting neurodivergent clients, life coaching (ADHD, sensory challenges and advocacy), self-esteem and moving into acceptance of self. I work with adults of all ages, and young people. I work with clients who may wish for positive coaching, support with sleep, a wide range of health conditions or are perhaps caring for someone.
0141 673 8378 View 0141 673 8378
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Zoe Powell Martin
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Zoe - it's a pleasure to meet you. I am an experienced LGBTQ+ and University counsellor currently offering online counselling and psychotherapy. I provide a warm, safe and nurturing space to support you on your therapeutic journey. As a therapist, I am committed to ensure that your therapy sessions are co-constructed to meet your individual therapeutic needs. Benefitting from shared-decision making, a focus on therapeutic direction as well as empathy, support, compassion and attention, you can expect a uniquely inclusive and collaborative therapeutic experience.
Hello, I'm Zoe - it's a pleasure to meet you. I am an experienced LGBTQ+ and University counsellor currently offering online counselling and psychotherapy. I provide a warm, safe and nurturing space to support you on your therapeutic journey. As a therapist, I am committed to ensure that your therapy sessions are co-constructed to meet your individual therapeutic needs. Benefitting from shared-decision making, a focus on therapeutic direction as well as empathy, support, compassion and attention, you can expect a uniquely inclusive and collaborative therapeutic experience.
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Gavin McDonald
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
My own experiences of discrimination as a Queer person has shaped my trauma-informed practice.
Do you feel like you live in a world that doesn’t accept who you are? A dear friend of mine once summed up this feeling beautifully: “Being LGBTIQ+ is not my issue, it’s living in a world where others take issue with me being LGBTIQ+”. When we live in a society that does not see or respect our difference we internalize a lot of messages and beliefs about who we should, or should not, be. Trying to shape ourselves into an image that doesn’t fit isn’t just exhausting - it’s traumatizing! Hi, my name is Gavin and I identify as a gender non-conforming Queer person.
My own experiences of discrimination as a Queer person has shaped my trauma-informed practice.
Do you feel like you live in a world that doesn’t accept who you are? A dear friend of mine once summed up this feeling beautifully: “Being LGBTIQ+ is not my issue, it’s living in a world where others take issue with me being LGBTIQ+”. When we live in a society that does not see or respect our difference we internalize a lot of messages and beliefs about who we should, or should not, be. Trying to shape ourselves into an image that doesn’t fit isn’t just exhausting - it’s traumatizing! Hi, my name is Gavin and I identify as a gender non-conforming Queer person.
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Peter Donnelly
Counsellor, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I am an LGBTQ+ member, and enthusiastic ally for other queer folk.
I am person-centred therapist with experience in supporting people going through a range of confusion and distress. This can include: anxiety and stress, family and relationship difficulties, sexuality and gender identity, low mood, loss, feeling stuck, and self esteem. Therapy can hopefully offer you a space to explore and connect with your true self. A reconnecting which in itself often helps to reduce tension and anxiety. We will work together with whatever you bring to therapy and gently explore your individual process as we go. I work online and outdoors (Fermanagh, NI).
I am an LGBTQ+ member, and enthusiastic ally for other queer folk.
I am person-centred therapist with experience in supporting people going through a range of confusion and distress. This can include: anxiety and stress, family and relationship difficulties, sexuality and gender identity, low mood, loss, feeling stuck, and self esteem. Therapy can hopefully offer you a space to explore and connect with your true self. A reconnecting which in itself often helps to reduce tension and anxiety. We will work together with whatever you bring to therapy and gently explore your individual process as we go. I work online and outdoors (Fermanagh, NI).
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Craig Budzik
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I’m part of the LGBT+ community, identifying as cis gay man using he/him pronouns.
When working together we will build a holistic, therapeutic relationship which will serve you in the best possible way, encouraging you to flourish and grow. I will walk alongside you on your path of self-discovery and healing. I believe we all have the knowledge to bring healing into our lives. I will do my best to help create an environment in which you can gently, safely and kindly exist so that we can both explore the lighter and darker parts of existence.
I’m part of the LGBT+ community, identifying as cis gay man using he/him pronouns.
When working together we will build a holistic, therapeutic relationship which will serve you in the best possible way, encouraging you to flourish and grow. I will walk alongside you on your path of self-discovery and healing. I believe we all have the knowledge to bring healing into our lives. I will do my best to help create an environment in which you can gently, safely and kindly exist so that we can both explore the lighter and darker parts of existence.
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Melanie Peele
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH14  (Online Only)
While there is so much joy in getting to know ourselves deeply and authentically, living as a queer and/or transgender person in this world is not always easy. I specialise in gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity. I work with adults and older adolescents who are LGBTQIA+/gender non-conforming, or questioning their identities. I also specialise in trauma recovery, treating healthcare professionals, and working with English speaking immigrants. I work from multiple affirming perspectives, including Health at Every Size, neurodiversity affirming, disability affirming, and fat-positive perspectives.
While there is so much joy in getting to know ourselves deeply and authentically, living as a queer and/or transgender person in this world is not always easy. I specialise in gender, sexuality, and relationship diversity. I work with adults and older adolescents who are LGBTQIA+/gender non-conforming, or questioning their identities. I also specialise in trauma recovery, treating healthcare professionals, and working with English speaking immigrants. I work from multiple affirming perspectives, including Health at Every Size, neurodiversity affirming, disability affirming, and fat-positive perspectives.
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Stephanie Saunders
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3  (Online Only)
I am also a Sex Therapist and have experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community specialising in sexuality, gender identity, self confidence & same sex relationships.
I am an Edinburgh based Sex and relationship counsellor working full time in private practice with individuals & couples. My practice is based in central Edinburgh however I am currently working online. I specialise in explorative & action based proactive talk therapy aimed at helping you achieve the changes you would like to make in your life & to help you gain clarity & understanding to the life experiences you would like to work with.
I am also a Sex Therapist and have experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community specialising in sexuality, gender identity, self confidence & same sex relationships.
I am an Edinburgh based Sex and relationship counsellor working full time in private practice with individuals & couples. My practice is based in central Edinburgh however I am currently working online. I specialise in explorative & action based proactive talk therapy aimed at helping you achieve the changes you would like to make in your life & to help you gain clarity & understanding to the life experiences you would like to work with.
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Colette O'Connor
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH8  (Online Only)
From childhood we are given messages about the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to feel, think and behave – messages that can teach us that we must hide or supress aspects of our authentic selves in order to be acceptable to others. If you’re an LGBTQ+ person, your sexuality and gender might completely unrelated to what has brought you to counselling, but you still want to know that your therapist will affirm these parts of you. In my online therapy room, you are invited to be your whole uncensored self in the company of somebody who values you unconditionally and really listens. I am a queer therapist with trauma informed training.
From childhood we are given messages about the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to feel, think and behave – messages that can teach us that we must hide or supress aspects of our authentic selves in order to be acceptable to others. If you’re an LGBTQ+ person, your sexuality and gender might completely unrelated to what has brought you to counselling, but you still want to know that your therapist will affirm these parts of you. In my online therapy room, you are invited to be your whole uncensored self in the company of somebody who values you unconditionally and really listens. I am a queer therapist with trauma informed training.
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Claudia Kent
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Hello, I'm Claudia (she/her), a dedicated Bristol based psychotherapist with a passion for justice and equality. I aim to create a safe and affirming space for individuals of diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQIA+ individuals, those exploring kink or polyamory, and anyone navigating questions of gender, sexuality, or identity. I approach therapy with gentleness and a genuine curiosity about the vast spectrum of human experiences. I am here to support you as you journey through your unique story, at your own pace. When you feel stuck or uncertain, I use active, compassionate listening to guide you forward.
Hello, I'm Claudia (she/her), a dedicated Bristol based psychotherapist with a passion for justice and equality. I aim to create a safe and affirming space for individuals of diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQIA+ individuals, those exploring kink or polyamory, and anyone navigating questions of gender, sexuality, or identity. I approach therapy with gentleness and a genuine curiosity about the vast spectrum of human experiences. I am here to support you as you journey through your unique story, at your own pace. When you feel stuck or uncertain, I use active, compassionate listening to guide you forward.
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Rachel Kaye
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6  (Online Only)
I specialise in working with LGBTQ+ clients and those who have always felt ‘different’ in some way. Your identity and experiences might make you worry that most therapists out there wouldn’t get you. You might be looking for help because you are experiencing anxiety, relationship challenges, difficulties making decisions or setting boundaries. It might seem like you have too many overwhelming feelings, or rarely any feelings at all. I understand that your identity may not be the reason you’re coming to therapy, but you don’t want to have to spend your session time educating your therapist about it.
I specialise in working with LGBTQ+ clients and those who have always felt ‘different’ in some way. Your identity and experiences might make you worry that most therapists out there wouldn’t get you. You might be looking for help because you are experiencing anxiety, relationship challenges, difficulties making decisions or setting boundaries. It might seem like you have too many overwhelming feelings, or rarely any feelings at all. I understand that your identity may not be the reason you’re coming to therapy, but you don’t want to have to spend your session time educating your therapist about it.
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Stasa Morgan-Appel
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH9  (Online Only)
My primary areas of experience and expertise include working with neurodivergent clients, LGBTQIA+ clients, pregnancy-related issues (trying to conceive, planned or unplanned pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, pregnancy, birth, and post-partum), grief and mourning, trauma recovery, and spirituality.
I offer pluralistic counselling/psychotherapy through an intersectional feminist lens. I work in a collaborative, non-pathologising way. My services include both open-ended counselling/psychotherapy and time-limited counselling/psychotherapy (12 sessions with an option to renew).
My primary areas of experience and expertise include working with neurodivergent clients, LGBTQIA+ clients, pregnancy-related issues (trying to conceive, planned or unplanned pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, pregnancy, birth, and post-partum), grief and mourning, trauma recovery, and spirituality.
I offer pluralistic counselling/psychotherapy through an intersectional feminist lens. I work in a collaborative, non-pathologising way. My services include both open-ended counselling/psychotherapy and time-limited counselling/psychotherapy (12 sessions with an option to renew).
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Arran Southall (Desktop Counselling)
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Waitlist for new clients
I've supported individuals and couples facing anxiety, depression, complex-PTSD, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ issues, work difficulties and low self-esteem.
Are you tired of feeling anxious and depressed? Struggling with a difficult situation? Therapy is an investment in yourself and can enable great change in your life. It would be my privilege to support you in whatever challenge you are facing.
I've supported individuals and couples facing anxiety, depression, complex-PTSD, relationship issues, LGBTQ+ issues, work difficulties and low self-esteem.
Are you tired of feeling anxious and depressed? Struggling with a difficult situation? Therapy is an investment in yourself and can enable great change in your life. It would be my privilege to support you in whatever challenge you are facing.
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Dr Craig Dunn
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I offer adult psychology sessions and specialise in male, LGBTQIA+ and children's mental health as well as providing clinical supervision and consultation sessions for parents/schools to increase understanding of behaviours.
Hello and thank you for looking into my profile. It can be challenging finding the right therapist amidst a sea of warm faces and shiny profiles full of experience. However, I firmly believe that like any relationship, the therapeutic one needs to feel like a 'good fit' too. This outlook forms the ethos of my therapy practice as a counselling psychologist where I work in collaboration with a client to bring change through the healing properties of a relationship. It is my belief that a supportive, accepting relationship allows for deeper self exploration and long-lasting change.
I offer adult psychology sessions and specialise in male, LGBTQIA+ and children's mental health as well as providing clinical supervision and consultation sessions for parents/schools to increase understanding of behaviours.
Hello and thank you for looking into my profile. It can be challenging finding the right therapist amidst a sea of warm faces and shiny profiles full of experience. However, I firmly believe that like any relationship, the therapeutic one needs to feel like a 'good fit' too. This outlook forms the ethos of my therapy practice as a counselling psychologist where I work in collaboration with a client to bring change through the healing properties of a relationship. It is my belief that a supportive, accepting relationship allows for deeper self exploration and long-lasting change.
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Debbie Clements MA Gender, LGBT +, Relational.
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
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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Irene M C Soldavini
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3  (Online Only)
I can help you explore, and make sense of anxiety, bereavement, consensual non-monogamous relationships, death and non-related death losses, diasporic issues, grief, hoarding, identity, isolation, LGBTQIA+, loneliness, polyamory, relationship counselling, and unconventional lifestyles.
My name is Irene. I am an individual and relationship counsellor, and specialise in pluralistic and philosophical counselling. I believe each client is unique, and my practice focuses on creating a tailored counselling experience for each individual by creating a non-judgmental space for them to explore, and become aware of their experiences and feelings. I position myself as "in" the therapy alongside my client. I try to let the client's pace and rhythm guide the therapy. I offer counselling sessions in English and Italian.
I can help you explore, and make sense of anxiety, bereavement, consensual non-monogamous relationships, death and non-related death losses, diasporic issues, grief, hoarding, identity, isolation, LGBTQIA+, loneliness, polyamory, relationship counselling, and unconventional lifestyles.
My name is Irene. I am an individual and relationship counsellor, and specialise in pluralistic and philosophical counselling. I believe each client is unique, and my practice focuses on creating a tailored counselling experience for each individual by creating a non-judgmental space for them to explore, and become aware of their experiences and feelings. I position myself as "in" the therapy alongside my client. I try to let the client's pace and rhythm guide the therapy. I offer counselling sessions in English and Italian.
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Ana Puljic
Psychotherapist, MSc
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH2
I'm also an LGBTQA+ ally and often work with ethical non-monogamy.
Hi there, my name is Ana and I'm a psychodynamic therapist and supervisor with a special interest and experience in working with those affected by existential issues and a Masters thesis in working with adult children of parents with narcissistic traits. In my client work, I draw on my background in psychology, philosophy and systemic therapy, as well as psychodynamic therapy and attachment theory which looks at the unconscious relational processes between us and finds links between what you're experiencing in the present and your early childhood and family experiences. My supervision approach is both psychodynamic and integrative.
I'm also an LGBTQA+ ally and often work with ethical non-monogamy.
Hi there, my name is Ana and I'm a psychodynamic therapist and supervisor with a special interest and experience in working with those affected by existential issues and a Masters thesis in working with adult children of parents with narcissistic traits. In my client work, I draw on my background in psychology, philosophy and systemic therapy, as well as psychodynamic therapy and attachment theory which looks at the unconscious relational processes between us and finds links between what you're experiencing in the present and your early childhood and family experiences. My supervision approach is both psychodynamic and integrative.
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Iyetomi Adenekan
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
As well as working in my own practice, I volunteer with LGBT Health and Wellbeing.
Hello and welcome. You’re probably considering making some changes in your life, or you are looking for help to address some difficulties that may be hindering your personal growth. It may be that you are not yet sure what you are looking for. My aim is to support you with compassion and empathy, and help you explore and better understand whatever is going on for you. I will stay alongside you and help you to challenge yourself as you come to terms with past decisions and make some new ones.
As well as working in my own practice, I volunteer with LGBT Health and Wellbeing.
Hello and welcome. You’re probably considering making some changes in your life, or you are looking for help to address some difficulties that may be hindering your personal growth. It may be that you are not yet sure what you are looking for. My aim is to support you with compassion and empathy, and help you explore and better understand whatever is going on for you. I will stay alongside you and help you to challenge yourself as you come to terms with past decisions and make some new ones.
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Taylor Broughton
Psychotherapist, MA, MCOSCA
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3  (Online Only)
Just Human Therapy is a humanist, feminist, LGBTQ+ affirming online counselling service based in Scotland. Going to therapy can feel tough, so I aim to make it as approachable as possible. Often this isn't a quick fix, but an explorative, collaborative process to come back to who you are and what you need. If you're struggling with low mood, lingering trauma affects, or obsessive worry, I can support your steps forward.
Just Human Therapy is a humanist, feminist, LGBTQ+ affirming online counselling service based in Scotland. Going to therapy can feel tough, so I aim to make it as approachable as possible. Often this isn't a quick fix, but an explorative, collaborative process to come back to who you are and what you need. If you're struggling with low mood, lingering trauma affects, or obsessive worry, I can support your steps forward.
0131 381 8529 View 0131 381 8529
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Marika Maria Lisowska Gestalt Therapy
Counsellor, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
I also understand the pressure related to family, gender, ethnicity, race,LGBTQ+ difference, social class, and religion.
I get that it’s not easy to ask for support and admit to vulnerability. I view therapy as as a journey of discovery, healing and growth. Through 'experiential learning' and 'dialogue' we will work with your ‘embodied awareness’ of ‘how’ you are in relationships, ‘how’ you make choices and ‘how’ you co-create your world. We will look at where you feel 'stuck' and what seems 'difficult'; we will 'stay with' the feelings and complexity that may unfold. I believe change happens organically when we have enough 'support', fully acknowledge the situation we are in, and commit to work.If that resonates with you, please contact me.
I also understand the pressure related to family, gender, ethnicity, race,LGBTQ+ difference, social class, and religion.
I get that it’s not easy to ask for support and admit to vulnerability. I view therapy as as a journey of discovery, healing and growth. Through 'experiential learning' and 'dialogue' we will work with your ‘embodied awareness’ of ‘how’ you are in relationships, ‘how’ you make choices and ‘how’ you co-create your world. We will look at where you feel 'stuck' and what seems 'difficult'; we will 'stay with' the feelings and complexity that may unfold. I believe change happens organically when we have enough 'support', fully acknowledge the situation we are in, and commit to work.If that resonates with you, please contact me.
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Through The Woods Therapy - Jude Sevestre
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Waitlist for new clients
Most people come to counselling with a big story - a life full of experiences and challenges that brought them to where they are now. I'd really like to hear your story if you would like to tell it. I am a relational, TA-trained counsellor with extensive experience in working with anxiety, panic attacks, (complex) trauma, self harm, suicidal thoughts and depression. I enjoy working with the LGBTQI+ community, and have specific experience in working with Trans/Non-binary clients. I also have a passion for working with mental health symptoms related to the hormonal cycle, such as Endometriosis, PCOS, PMDD, and (Peri-)Menopause.
Most people come to counselling with a big story - a life full of experiences and challenges that brought them to where they are now. I'd really like to hear your story if you would like to tell it. I am a relational, TA-trained counsellor with extensive experience in working with anxiety, panic attacks, (complex) trauma, self harm, suicidal thoughts and depression. I enjoy working with the LGBTQI+ community, and have specific experience in working with Trans/Non-binary clients. I also have a passion for working with mental health symptoms related to the hormonal cycle, such as Endometriosis, PCOS, PMDD, and (Peri-)Menopause.
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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.