LGBTQ+ Affirming Counsellors in Edinburgh, SCT

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Gavin McDonald
Counsellor, BACP
Verified
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.
0141 483 7489 
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Edinburgh EH1
Offers online therapy
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Jade Hoffman
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Many of my clients are aged between 18-35 and from the LGBTQ + community, with many bringing issues related to intersectionality.
Taking your first step into counselling can be daunting - for whatever has brought you here today, welcome. I believe whole-heartedly that you are the expert in yourself, and that by holding a caring and confidential space we can safely explore the struggles you may be facing. I work from a non-judgmental base that values and respects whatever you need to bring, mindful of the world we live in and the impacts this might have at the intersections of our identities. Together, we can work to process whatever may be blocking your way.​
 
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Edinburgh EH6
Offers online therapy
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Colette O'Connor
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified
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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Edinburgh EH8
Offers online therapy
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Rachel Kaye
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
I mainly work with LGBTQ + clients and those who have always felt different in some way. My focus is on working with you to understand why you feel the way you do and what might help. Perhaps you find yourself becoming anxious, having panic attacks or feeling overwhelmed by difficult emotions. Or maybe you feel like you’re getting in your own way, repeating the same unhelpful patterns and ways of coping which no longer serve you but seemingly unable to change. Together we can help manage the things that currently feel overwhelming and bring about the changes you want.
 
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Edinburgh EH6
Offers online therapy
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Just this! Therapy
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
I specialise in online therapy and offer therapy via e-mail, text and tele-conferencing, so that you can access therapy from anywhere in the world. I practice from a person-centred framework and integrate other approaches where they are deemed to be of benefit to you. All my practice is trauma-informed, culturally sensitive and LGBTQ affirmative.
01309 250276 
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Edinburgh EH1
Offers online therapy
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Dr Craig Dunn
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified
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.
0141 673 0100 
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Edinburgh EH1
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Leslie Wang
Counsellor, BACP
Verified
I work with individuals from the LGBTQ + community, adults with depression, anxiety, agoraphobia, work-related stress, low self-esteem, family conflict, and desire for personal development.
You are here because there is something you want to talk about. There might be things that you and I can work on. Together we can search for answers.
 
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Edinburgh EH3
Offers online therapy
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Priyanka Pookadan
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
I have an affirmative stance on working with Lesbian , Gay , Bisexual , Transgender , Queer , Intersex, Asexual ( LGBTQIA +) and polyamorous clients and welcome clients of all races, genders, sexual orientations and relationship styles.
Sometimes life throws challenges in front of us which we may struggle to cope with. This could be a sudden and unexpected change like a loss or bereavement. It could be something that we have always struggled with that is making it challenging to move forward with life. Situations such as these can be stressful, and sometimes we can't shake off the anxiety and depression or we may even experience anhedonia (inability to feel pleasure in usually pleasurable activities). It might also be a past trauma or abuse that is causing the challenges in the present life, revealing itself as panic for example.
01764 915906 
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Edinburgh EH9
Offers online therapy
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David Sanmartino
Counsellor, MSc, MBPsS
Verified
I am specialised in working with trauma, sexual additions and issues related with LGBTQ community.
I promote a deep transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and reactions. I have the tools and professional expertise and experience to help you explore whatever is important to you, in a respectful, non-judgemental and open way. In my sessions, I use a positive, holistic and integrative approach to take care of my clients and I work diligently to help find them the answers they seek. Since 2015 I have worked with a wide diversity of clients to deal with the many different circumstances that are unique to their lives.
0131 357 3853 
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Edinburgh EH4
Offers online therapy
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Siobhan Tyrrell
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
I also have good experience with LGBTQ + community and have worked with many neuro-diverse individuals.
How are you navigating life at the moment? You may have been suffering from emotional discomfort for a while, perhaps it's more recent or maybe the pandemic has had an effect on your mental health. You are not alone, 1 in 4 of us are affected by mental health issues at some point in our lives. Looking for support to understand what you are feeling can be life changing. How we make sense of ourselves, the world and our place in it can affect our relationships, friendships, careers, social lives perhaps even robbing us of our potential. Therapy, through insight and application can deliver acceptance, change, clarity and relief.
0131 381 0318 
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Edinburgh EH5
Offers online therapy
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Stephanie Saunders
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
I also have experience working with the LGBTQIA + community specialising in sexuality, gender identity, self confidence & same sex relationships and as a Sex Therapist.
I am an Edinburgh based counsellor and sex therapist 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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Edinburgh EH3
Offers online therapy
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Laura Elder
I have experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues and LGBTQIA + issues.
Therapy creates the opportunity to build a secure foundation for wellbeing. Understanding your needs, emotions and thoughts becomes an empowering part of life. My work as a therapist is based on the knowledge that change is possible. Through our work together, you can gain concrete tools to help handle stressful situations, see things from a new perspective and challenge unhelpful thoughts and beliefs to help lead to living a more balanced, fulfilled and empowered life.
0131 378 8330 
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Edinburgh EH10
Offers online therapy
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Iyetomi Adenekan
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
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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Edinburgh EH6
Offers online therapy
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Chris Grant
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified
I am a trans non binary integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, with many years of experience working in an NHS Clinical Psychology Department and private practice. In private practice, I welcome anyone who feels that psychotherapy may be of help, whether you are looking to have just a few sessions to think about a specific issue or situation, or would like to consider longer-term therapy. Depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, illness, bereavement, self-esteem, gender and sexuality, queer identity, life-changes, are just some of the reasons why you may want to try psychotherapy.
0141 483 7522 
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Edinburgh EH1
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Laura West
Psychologist, MSc, MBPsS
Verified
Psychologist with a special interest in providing therapeutic services to the Caribbean community at home and in the diaspora. My areas of interest include but are not limited to: generational trauma, child-rearing practices, mental health stigma, the use of recreational drugs, identity & self, colourism, racism, racist micro-aggressions & negative stereotyping, black male mental health, trauma, the family dynamic, dating & marriage, sex & sexuality, sex issues, sexual health, shame, religion & culture. I identify as biracial and I am LGBTQIA friendly.
0113 519 4553 
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Edinburgh EH1
Not accepting new clients
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Louise McBride
Psychotherapist, PsychD, MBACP
Verified
Whatever your reasons for being here, you are very welcome. I provide a very safe and confidential space to people from ALL walks of life. Whatever difficulty you are experiencing I can help you to gain insight into why these difficulties exist and persist. Together, we will think about your past relational experiences and how they are unconsciously influencing how you behave now. Developing a profound understanding of your unconscious self can be life changing. “The most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.” Pema Chödrön.
0131 510 4437 
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Edinburgh EH7
Offers online therapy
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Mike Delaney
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
I am very skilled and experienced in working with mental health issues such as Depression and Anxiety, as well as addictive behaviour and related issues such as trauma. I have been a mental health professional for 45yrs, both as a Mental Health Nurse and as a BACP Registered Therapist. I have also survived my own life issues, including addictions and have been sober for 25yrs. I feel that having professional qualifications as well as lived experience helps me to make a stronger connection with my clients
0141 673 7970 
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Edinburgh EH1
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Stephen McCabe
Counsellor, MNCS Accred
Verified
My name is Stephen and I am glad that you are reaching out for support – I know that it isn’t easy. I am a person-centred counsellor and eco-therapist. I work online with people from all over the UK, or in outdoor, natural spaces in Midlothian. As a person-centred counsellor, I believe that there are no one-size-fits-all solutions for our issues. I believe that deep down you have the ability and resources for growth, but in order to find this inner wisdom, you may need an empathic and non-judgemental space with someone who truly listens for growth to take place. A plant needs certain conditions to flourish properly, and so do we.
0131 381 8431 
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Edinburgh EH1
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Kate Hedges
Counsellor, BACP
Verified
Counselling is your confidential space to talk. You may be seeking clarity on an issue, or want to explore things that are overwhelming you, and if you wish, make changes in your life. I hope that by talking to a professional during these difficult times can bring peace. I offer a safe space as we unravel together the aspects of you that are struggling or stuck. And help you to find new perspectives to deal with living the way that you want to live.
01764 915863 
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Edinburgh EH9
Offers online therapy
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Debbie Clements Gender, Sexuality & Relationships.
Psychotherapist, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified
Hi there :) Are you looking for support around coming out? Transitioning? Questioning your gender, sexuality or another aspect of your identity? Recovering from experiences of harm? Or perhaps need a safe space where you can feel understood and respected so you can get on with talking about what's going on for you? When we are unable to (safely) be our authentic selves we can experience great stress, anxiety, low mood as well as other challenges. Counselling and an exploratory listening approach such as the one I practice can really help to improve self relationship, reduce distress and isolation & increase well being.
0113 519 4193 
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Edinburgh EH1
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LGBTQ+ Counsellors
These therapists specialize in providing supportive, LGBTQ-affirming counselling in Edinburgh. Many offer personal insights as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender therapists themselves. Others are allies of the LGBTQIA community with specialized training and experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. All have chosen to include the LGBTQIA community as an area of specialization and client focus.