LGBTQIA+ people around the world have long experienced shame and isolation due to their identity. Throughout history, and still currently in some settings, therapists and medical professionals have sought to change the identity of their clients and patients. In the UK, this is often referred to as conversion therapy or conversion abuse, where therapists appropriate the language of therapy to bring about change in someone’s gender or sexuality.
I believe that conversion therapy is a practice that has no place in the therapy world, and is abhorrent and abusive.
Our sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity or what we look for in a relationship is individual to us and I believe that the only way to psychological health is to find the words that fit for you. It could be that you are coming to therapy with a clear idea of what you wish to speak about, it could be related to your gender, sexual or relationship identity, or not. It also could be that you sense something is unclear or doesn’t quite make sense and need a space to talk about this. I offer space for whatever exploration you need.
This sort of affirmative and exploratory practice, in an open-minded and non-judgemental setting is what I offer to all clients. I undertake regular CPD activities and reflections to ensure my knowledge is up to date.
I use the acronyms LGBTQIA+ and GSRD (Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity) to encompass the wide variety of identities that exist across sexuality, gender expression and relationship types and structures. It could be that one of these descriptions fits for you or not, or that you would just like to further explore your identity These include but are not limited to:
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual
- Gender Diverse
- Gender Fluid
- Trans Identities
- Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming
- Polyamory, open relationships
- Ethical and consensual non-monogamies
If you would like anymore information about me or the way I practice, please do get in touch.