LGBTQIA+ Counselling & Psychotherapy

The lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals are truly unique. Everyone deserves a space where they can feel accepted, understood, and listened to. At The Awareness Centre, our goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgemental environment, where you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Whether you are navigating your sexuality or exploring your gender identity, dealing with societal, cultural, and internal pressures, or simply looking for a place to be yourself. Our team of therapists are here to support you on your journey.

LGBTQ counselling

What is LGBTQIA+ Counselling & Psychotherapy?

LGBTQIA+ counselling and psychotherapy at The Awareness Centre provides support that acknowledges the specific internal and external factors faced by those within these communities. Each journey is entirely unique, and not all experiences are inherently negative. Many people can face immense joy, pride, and community within their identity and expression. On the other hand, some may face discrimination, micro-aggressions, rejection, and victimisation. Counselling and psychotherapy can help you navigate the challenges, as well as celebrating the positives.  

Our aim is to foster a sense of belonging, validate your identity and sense of self, and support you in overcoming any issues you may face due to discrimination, self-esteem, relationships, and general mental health. At The Awareness Centre, our therapists are committed to helping you build resilience, embrace your true self, and lead a more fulfilling life, in whatever life or identity stage you may find yourself in. 

Our private counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists are all either registered or accredited with one or more of the following professional bodies:

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Common Issues Experienced by LGBTQIA+ Clients in Therapy

Being LGBTQIA+, individuals may encounter issues that may impact their mental and emotional well-being. In therapy, some of the most common issues our therapists have worked with include: 

Identity Exploration and Self-Acceptance

Navigating the complexities
and spectrum of gender and sexuality can be challenging or confusing. Therapy can provide a supportive environment to explore and affirm your identity.
 

Coming Out

The process of coming out to family, friends, and colleagues can be daunting. Our therapists can offer guidance and support to help you manage these conversations and their outcomes. 

Gender Dysphoria

When there is an incongruence between your gender identity and assigned sex at birth. Our therapists can offer you a space for support and guidance. 

Discrimination and Stigma

Facing homophobia
, bipobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination can lead to feelings of isolation and low self-worth. Our therapists work with you to develop coping strategies and build resilience.
 

Internalised Homophobia/Transphobia

Sometimes our internal beliefs and feelings about ourselves can be negative. Our therapists will help you overcome these beliefs or feelings about your LGBTQIA+ identity.  

Relationship Issues 

Whether it’s dealing with family rejection, finding supportive relationships, or navigating romantic partnerships, we help you address and resolve relationship challenges. 

Trauma

Many LGBTQIA+ people experience trauma, whether from bullying, abuse, or societal rejection. We provide trauma-informed care to help you move forward. 

Why Choose The Awareness Centre if You Are LGBTQIA+?

Our therapists provide an affirming environment, ensuring that you feel safe, heard, seen, and respected. We honour your individual identity and unique experiences, and work alongside you to strengthen your authentic self. 

The team is made up of experienced and compassionate counsellors and psychotherapists who have lived experience or have experience working with LGBTQIA+ clients. They will bring a deep understanding of the issues you may face, including coming out, exploring gender identity, navigating relationships, and dealing with discrimination and microaggressions. 

Our therapy sessions can be a safe haven where confidentiality and your privacy and confidentiality are prioritised. This is a safe space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement or fear.   

Appointments

To make an appointment to see one of our counsellors, psychotherapists or psychologists, please call 020 8673 4545 or email our team. We are open seven days a week.

Fees

Fees for private counselling and psychotherapy range from £65 – £175.

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Specialist LGBTQIA+ Counsellors at The Awareness Centre

Click on a profile below to learn more about the LGBTQIA+ counsellors based at our London centres. Our counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists are all highly-trained, with years of experience in their specialist fields.

Meet Our Private Therapists

Michaela McCarthy

Michaela McCarthy

James McCarthy

James McCarthy

Tom Underwood

Tom Underwood

Amber Poulastides

Amber Poulastides

Simon Simmons

Simon Simmons

Christopher Headon

Christopher Headon

Sabina Coghe

Sabina Coghe

David Hennessy

David Hennessy

Dee Akomanyi

Dee Akomanyi

Katerina Tulloch

Katerina Tulloch

Fleur Tavare

Fleur Tavare

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Mhonh Bancyr-de-Angeli 

Hyacinthos Christou

Hyacinthos Christou

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