Please note we are currently only able to accept Talking Therapies referrals from those living in Greater Manchester.

Due to Covid-19, LGBT Foundation's Talking Therapies Programme has temporarily shifted to become a remote service delivery charity. This means that all our face-to-face services have been paused until further notice. To find out more about what this means for this service, you can call us on 0345 3 30 30 30 or email [email protected]

Talking Therapies will continue to accept referrals for telephone and online therapy. Due to current service changes, we are at present unable to offer therapy to anyone outside of Greater Manchester. 

Assessments and one-to-one counselling sessions will be delivered remotely via telephone or web platform/mobile app.

For additional support, there are a number of resources and signposting available on our Wellbeing Hub and social media channels. 

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 03453303030 or email [email protected]

LGBT Foundation has been providing a talking therapies service to the LGBT communities of the North West for over a decade.

Our counselling service offers:

Access to LGBT affirmative therapy

Counselling with an LGBT specialist therapist

FREE sessions to individuals and couples

Monday to Friday sessions, evenings included (NB: evening sessions subject to availability)

If you have any questions about the Talking Therapies Programme contact us on 0345 3 30 30 30, email [email protected] or pop-in and see us between 10am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

Counselling can help with

  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Difficulties related coming out
  • Exploring sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Low mood
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Problems in relationships

How to access the service

Please note that we are currently unable to accept referrals for this programme. This is due to an increased demand for these services. We will keep our website updated with any changes throughout this period of time, including when we re-open the referrals service for this programme. In the interim, if you would like any emotional support, brief advice or signposting please contact our helpline on 0345 3 30 30 30 or email us at [email protected]

All referrals received before 25th of October 2021 will be assessed as usual and referred into talking therapy if the service is suitable. Please be aware that we are experiencing a very high level of demand for our talking therapies programme and our waiting times are currently up to 20 weeks.

Volunteer within the service

Our volunteer led counselling service welcomes therapists from a wide range of backgrounds, identities and modalities. All therapists undergo an interview process and attend monthly clinical supervision in adherence with BACP guidelines.

For further enquiries please e-mail [email protected]

Immediate Support

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feel concerned that you may harm yourself please contact the following services:

SAMARITANS (24 hours, 7 days a week)

116 123 (free call) / 0161 236 8000 (local charges apply)

THE SANCTUARY (8 pm-6 pm)

0300 003 7029

If you are concerned about an immediate risk of harm - either to yourself or someone else - phone 999. If it is not an emergency but you require urgent advice, call 101. Visit your local Accident & Emergency department if necessary.