Talking Therapies Programme

Published: 04 August 2023
Last updated: 22 May 2024

A free, safe non-judgemental service where you’re heard and guided through issues that are troubling you.

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This service aims to provide the safe space needed to discuss emotions and identify strategies to maintain mental well-being. As an LGBTQ+ competent team, we can offer a range of different modalities and practices to meet the varied needs of our community.

Our service can provide support to you when you are dealing with a range of experiences, from coming out to dealing with grief or bereavement, we are here for you.

How to access Talking Therapies

Our services are currently open to those who live in the Greater Manchester area, are aged 14+, and identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community.

In order to access our Talking Therapies service, please fill out the appropriate referral form:

If you live outside of Greater Manchester and would like support in finding sources of LGBTQ affirmative counselling near you, please contact our helpline on 0345 3 30 30 30 or email helpline@lgbt.foundation.

Would you like to be a Volunteer Counsellor?

As a service, we have a range of volunteering opportunities. Whether you are fully qualified or a level 4 (and above) counselling student looking for a placement, we can offer supportive opportunities to learn.

If you are passionate about offering a great service and providing support to members of the LGBTQ+ communities, this opportunity might be for you. We welcome therapists from a wide range of backgrounds, identities and modalities. 

Testimony from service users:

“[Volunteer counsellor], I say this wholeheartedly – you are my hero, in so many ways. You allowed me for the first time to tell my story, give me genuine compassion and guide me over the last few months.”

“I have nothing but admiration and respect for you. Thank you so much.”

“Each session gave me the understanding and tools to help me work through so much. You have a wonderful energy and knowledge that has equipped me with the tools and confidence to start to embrace my life, my emotions, my past, and my future, to love others and most importantly – myself.”

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