Benefits of counselling

Talking provides an opportunity to discuss your feelings and other things you may not have previously discussed with anyone. Counselling provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to explore your thoughts and feelings and can lead to:

  • Increased self-esteem and feelings of confidence
  • Improvement in relationships
  • Better understanding of self and behaviour
  • Increased ability to express yourself
  • Learn new ways to cope with problems in your life
  • Building up resilience 

Talking to a counsellor will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your thoughts and feelings as well as things you may not have previously discussed with anyone else before. However, there is no expectation to discuss or disclose material you are uncomfortable talking about.

We all have the potential to become people who live more fulfilling and happy lives but sometimes our childhood or more recent past events appear to block us from unlocking this potential. We often find ourselves repeating patterns of behaviour that are destructive rather than productive. Counselling may help you become more aware of these patterns of behaviours and help you learn new ways of being.

Some of the main issues people attend  the LGBT Foundation’s Counselling Service are:

  • Sexual Orientation 
  • Gender Identity 
  • Trauma
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance misuse problems
  • Bereavement 
  • Stress

The benefit of coming to the LGBT Foundation for counselling is that you know you will be working with counsellors that offer gay affirmative therapy. They will not pathologise your sexuality.