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Bullying and harassment in LGBTQI therapy

Bullying and harassment

Bullying and harassment can significantly impact the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQI individuals. In therapy, addressing these issues is essential to creating a safe and supportive environment.

Key concerns

  1. Discrimination and prejudice faced by LGBTQI individuals
  2. Emotional and psychological effects of bullying and harassment
  3. Importance of a safe therapeutic environment

Exploring this concept

Bullying and harassment involve repeated, intentional behaviour meant to harm, intimidate, or coerce someone perceived as vulnerable. For LGBTQI individuals, these actions often stem from bias and discrimination. Therapy aims to provide a supportive space where these issues can be addressed and the individual’s sense of safety and self-worth can be restored.

Features and benefits of addressing this in therapy

  1. Clear definitions of bullying and harassment
  2. Discussion on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQI individuals
  3. Therapeutic approaches to mitigate the effects of bullying and harassment
  4. Emphasis on creating a supportive therapeutic environment

Therapeutic approaches

  1. Creating a safe space
  2. Addressing the emotional and psychological effects
  3. Tools to rebuild self-worth and resilience

Convenience and flexibility

  1. Easily accessible information for both therapists and clients
  2. Practical advice and approaches to address these issues


What is considered bullying and harassment in therapy?
Bullying and harassment involve repeated, intentional actions that harm, intimidate, or coerce an individual. In therapy, these actions can significantly impact the therapeutic relationship and the individual’s mental health.
How can therapy help with bullying and harassment?
Therapy provides a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore their experiences, address emotional and psychological effects, and develop tools to rebuild self-worth and resilience.
What should I do if I experience bullying or harassment?
If you experience bullying or harassment, it’s important to seek support. Contact a trusted individual, seek therapy, or reach out to support networks and community groups.


  1. Stonewall. (n.d.). Homophobic bullying. Retrieved from https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
  2. Mental Health Foundation. (n.d.). Bullying and mental health. Retrieved from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
  3. NHS. (n.d.). Help with bullying. Retrieved from https://www.nhs.uk/
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision