Today, there is a wider acceptance of difference in the UK, but evidence still suggests that people in the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to have to work harder to maintain their mental health. There are still many challenges to face for gay men, lesbians and people from the LGBTQ+ community living in a heteronormative culture. This is where counselling and couples therapy can help.
At Leone Centre we are aware of the challenges that can come with issues around sexuality and gender identity including discrimination, rejection and victimisation, all of which can have a detrimental impact on wellbeing including emotional and mental health. Working through such challenges can also have an impact upon other areas of ones’ life including self-esteem, relationships and life choices, work environments and social life.
If you feel that you are having issues related to your sexuality that you cannot resolve alone it is important that you reach out to a trained professional. It is likely that you can benefit from counselling & psychotherapy.
All of our LGBTQ+ therapists and allies can work with you to support you on your journey to reach your unique goals and to help you work through your emotions and thought processes to maintain a healthy mental health.
Sexuality and Gender
Sexuality relates to the who and what someone is attracted to whereas Gender Identity is a way to describe how someone feels about their gender.
It can be confusing and difficult in a heteronormative culture when you come to the realisation that there might be something different about you and to take the steps necessary to understand and develop an acceptance of yourself .
It is very common that people seek counselling to help find their own way through a phase of adjustment or to make sense of a particular difficulty in their relationships. We often find that if difficult emotions are buried and not addressed this can lead to further emotional difficulties and issues later down the line.
Coming out is a term used to describe telling others about your sexual orientation or your gender identity. Having these conversations can sometimes be difficult. You may fear being judged, rejected, misunderstood.
It is not always the case however and many people feel very supported and understood by those they’re coming out too. Whatever your situation, it can however be an emotionally draining time for various societal and individual reasons personal to you.
Couples Counselling & Psychotherapy for LGBTQ+
We often work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples and individuals. Whether it is to mend or deepen a relationship or to have a professional support your separation/divorce process, we have a range services that can help address the issues that affect LGBTQ+communities.
Heteronormative Culture & Unconscious Biases
Despite an increasingly accepting culture, we still have a very long way to go. Unconscious bias within a heteronormative culture weighs heavy.
We are familiar with and experienced in working with the LGBTQ+ community and will work with you in a confidential and non- judgemental space. Our committed therapists have a wealth of experience to help you work with your own unique issues that you would like to resolve.
If you are having issues or problems or want support related to your sexuality or gender, we invite you to reach out today.
Where To Find Counselling for LGBTQ+ Counselling Services
The Leone Centre offers counselling from our head office in Fulham, London which is easily reachable from Belgravia and Putney, Battersea, Chelsea and Wimbledon including Central and South West London.
LGBTQ+ Counselling Online
Many of our clients benefit from our services whilst working remotely.
Each client will have their preference towards online or face-to-face work based on their own unique situation. At Leone Centre we are able to transcend geographical boundaries to deliver counselling securely, using Zoom Video Conferencing Platform.
Appointments are available 7am-10pm 7 days a week.