This page covers the work I do with Gay / Bisexual men & women as well as Same-Sex Couples.

Under the surface we are all the same - struggling with fears, dissapointment and conflict. However, being gay comes with additional and unique challenges, not least that of coming out. There also different social pressures as well internal and external encounters with homophobia. For this reason it is important that your therapsist understands these experiences and can empthise with what it's like to deal with these differences on a daily basis.
 

LGBT Individuals

For individuals therapy provides the space in which to talk through your difficulties and actually be heard. Others in your life may not have the time to listen or may have their own firm opinions about you and your situations. Therefore, this is a unique opportunity to explore your challenges and gain clarity and understanding. Through therapy you may feel more confident within yourself and have a better view of how to move forward.

LGBT Couples

Many couples seek therapy because they have either lost connection with each other or they need help dealing with a difficult issue that has arrived within their relationship. I have experience in working with both same-sex and heterosexual couples around these issues. In my work with couples I coach my clients towards new ways in which to communicate and re-connect. Therapy can also help with these other issues such as - finding ways to deal with difficult family members, debt, illness, loss and bereavement, addictions, parenting issues, divorce and separation, sex, anger and conflict.


Some of the issues around being gay that I encounter in my practice include;

 
  • The coming out process
  • Sexual self-consciousness
  • Body dismorphia
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Shame and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Affairs and betrayal
  • Negotiating open/closed relationships
  • Domestic abuse
  • Confidence building
  • Communication and self-expression
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Stress
  • Homophobia and bullying (Both internal & external)
  • Sex and sexual identity
  • Sexual shame
  • Low self-esteem
  • Marriage and divorce
  • Sexual abuse
  • Health and well-being
  • Aging issues
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Transitioning
  • Relationship conflict
  • Anger and rage


How can therapy help?

Psychotherapy can help with all these issues by providing the space in which to talk them through. My job is to help you  find ways of seeing your challenges and difficulties that you may not have been able to appreciate before. This might be because you feel too anxious, sad, angry, confused or overwhelmed by your experiences. Through this process you will find yourself developing more self-confidence and awareness. Where you may have felt stuck or vulnerable you may find more hope and optimism both within yourself and in your relationships.


 
What others say
Everyone has a different experience of how psychotherapy has benefited them. Here is what a couple of clients have offered about their own experiences...
“Talking therapy has helped me find some order during a very chaotic and difficult period in my life. Simply saying the words helped shine some light but the real benefit for me was putting structure to my thoughts and feelings. Being in an environment without an agenda and without judgment helped me better understand myself.”
 
“Through therapy I have learned that all the answers are inside myself, that I have the solutions. I have learned techniques to tap into them and to trust myself and my own insight more. Instead of running away from myself when I am panicking about something, I can now turn towards myself and face the difficulties I might be facing with more confidence.”

Counselling W1  |  Psychotherapy W1  |  Counselling Maida Vale  |  Couples Counselling London  |  Gay counselling London  |  Lesbian Counselling London