LGBTQ+ Counselling

LGBTQ+ Counselling with Hope Therapy and Counselling

Despite the legalising of Homosexuality in 1967 and the subsequent legalising of same sex marriage in 2014, there are still many areas of inequality and prejudice that members of the LGBTQ+ community may encounter.

Homosexuality and religion, gay adoption rights, homophobic bullying in schools and the workplace are just some of the challenges members of the LGBTQ+ communicate may face.

Although mental health and wellbeing challenges can impact anyone, discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, social isolation, rejection and difficult experiences around coming out are just some of the possible contributory factors that lead to higher than average levels of mental health challenges compared to the population as a whole.

One study showed that half of LGBTQ+ people experienced depression and three in five had experienced anxiety.

In counselling, clients from the LGBTQ+ community sometimes prefer to work with someone from within the community themselves. Other people do not make this distinction. This is a personal choice. Whereas we have members of the team who are LGBTQ+ Affirmative Counsellors as those that are members of the community, all our therapists are non-judgemental, understanding and non-discriminatory.

What can we help you with?

  • Coming Out
  • Dating & Relationships
  • Sexual Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Issues around Self Worth
  • Self Confidence
  • Shame
  • Discrimination

Hope Therapy is here to help.

Hope Therapy’s fully qualified and experienced team of Counsellors and Cognitive Behavioural Therapists, offer UK wide Psychological and Emotional Support to the LGBTQ+ community via Zoom and Skype, as well as in-person in a wide variety of areas.​

We can help you to develop positive skills, interventions and insights to support a wide variety of wellbeing needs, offer emotional support should you need it as well as help you explore the next steps that are right for you.

  • Identifying triggers.
  • Effective Skills and interventions.​ Supporting your psychological needs and wellbeing.
  • Emotional Support.
  • Experienced and non-judgemental team.


Anxiety Counselling

It helped me a great deal and made me feel better after every session. I feel my counsellor understood my problems and gave me lots of tools to manage fears and Anxieties.


Excellent Service

Communication was good and I was put in touch with a therapist quickly


Helps address issues such as anxiety and/or depression

It really helps address issues such as anxiety and/or depression but is also good for anyone regardless of whether they have any mental health needs.


Additional Resources:

​To read about the following approaches and how they can support you:

You may also be interested in reading the following on the Hope Blog Page:

  • The Talk Room: Episode 15 – LGBTQIA+ Mental Health – A Compassionate Conversation on Identity and Well-Being
    LGBTQIA+ Mental Health podcast: In our exploration of “The Talk Room,” a mental health podcast series dedicated to counselling, therapy, and mental well-being, we have now arrived at Episode 15. This episode opens a compassionate … Read more
  • LGBTQIA+ related issues and how Hope Therapy could support these
    Although a lot has been achieved in relation to LGBTIQ+ rights, many from the community still face obstacles. Many people still feel unable to confide in friends and family about their sexual orientation or their gender identity. Today around half of gay, lesbian, and bi people say they cannot come out or talk about their gender identify to their entire family or entire social group.
  • Counselling support for LGBTQIA+ related issues
    Counselling support for LGBTQ related issues is growing in popularity. For example, the Trevor Project (America), a national organisation providing crisis intervention to LGBT youth, reports that calls for its services have increased by 50% over the past five years. In addition, studies have found that members of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to experience anxiety and depression than their heterosexual counterparts, which emphasises the importance of appropriate counselling provisions.
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