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LGBTQ+ Counselling & Psychotherapy



Tuesday, 19th February 2019

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We've come along way as a society, yet identifying as LGBTQ+ in today’s world can still be a source of emotional and psychological distress.

You may face discrimination - whether in the workplace or the world at large - difficult family relationships, a lack of acceptance from others, or even outright bullying and abuse.

This can lead to trauma and identity issues, which can spiral into other mental health conditions. Amongst the most common are:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Addiction

How to deal with these issues

When facing a lack of acceptance it can be easy to retreat into yourself and close up, but this can often compound matters. It is vital to seek support.

Members of the LGBTQ+ community we've spoken to have done so in various ways:

  • Confiding in close friends
  • Speaking to others who have gone through similar experiences
  • Joining community choirs & singing groups
  • Attending workshops and seminars aimed at members of the community

Therapy is another avenue to overcoming your difficulties.

How therapy can help

Regardless of what type of therapy you choose - and the list of modalities can be overwhelming - in the presence of the right therapist you can expect a safe, non-judgemental space to explore whatever issues you are facing.

You'll also be able to:

  • Develop tools and techniques to deal with specific mental health conditions
  • Work on coming to terms with your identity
  • Improve your relationships - whether with yourself or others

Approaching therapy as a member of the LGBTQ+ community

Research shows that the most important element of therapy is the relationship you have with your therapist. This is never more true than for LGBTQ+ clients.

It is important to know that your therapist will:

  • understand your specific life experiences
  • empathise and appreciate the full extent of the issues you face
  • be non-judgemental and free from bias

Consequently, it can often be important to see a therapist who either has similar lived experiences or who has extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ clients.

Finding a Therapist

While many LGBTQ+ people have had to manage associated issues by themselves for many years - even stretching back to childhood - it is always worth considering reaching out for help. If you are experiencing any of the following, however, we recommend doing so sooner rather than later:

  • lacking energy and motivation
  • feeling tearful
  • closing yourself off from the world
  • turning to alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism
  • self-harming, or considering doing so
  • feeling overwhelmed on a day-to-day basis

At Timewith, we work with a number of therapists who are equipped, either through specific training or lived experiences, to help you move forward.

Our featured LGBTQ+ therapists in London:

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