Insight Matters offer individual counselling and psychotherapy and relationship counselling to members of the LGBTQ community in addition to facilitated personal development groups
We provide a skilled and confidential service to individuals and couples of all genders and all sexual orientations.
Individuals at any point in their lives experience depression, stress, anxiety and any number of difficult accompanying emotions. Yet, for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, these issues are magnified and exacerbated through stigma, homophobic pressures, uncertainty of identity and repression of difficult feelings, linked to struggle with sexuality.
Sexual identify informs how we feel about ourselves to a much larger extent than most of us realise. When we live and love in accordance with our sexuality, we enable ourselves to live more freely and expressively, thereby creating a greater sense of well-being and self-esteem within us.
However for many sexual identity remains hidden and under-explored through fear of criticism and rejection, homophobic responses and second class treatment in the workplace. This in turn affects our mood, our desire to socialise and engage more fully with family, friends and work colleagues, often bringing about a painful and difficult isolation.
Issues often related to LGBTQ Identity/Sexuality
- Depression, anxiety or low self-esteem
- Vulnerability through invisibility and isolation
- Confusion about your sexual orientation
- Coming Out
- Identity Issues concerning sex or gender
- Relationship Issues
- Fidelity, trust and jealousy issues
- Issues with Sex
- Substance/addiction issues
- Trauma such as bullying, homophobia, transphobia or stigma
How can Counselling and Psychotherapy help with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer issues?
Psychotherapists and counsellors at Insight Matters are trained and experienced in working with LGBTQ issues. We provide you a safe environment to explore your experience around your sexual or gender identity. This provides a solid foundation from which you can learn coping mechanisms and techniques to help you deal with difficult situations and often distressing emotions. We look at the wider issues you are facing – is hiding your sexual identity or embarking on the coming out process causing you high levels of anxiety, fear and perhaps self-criticism. We look at what supports you need to put in place to help through the process.
Benefits of Counselling and Psychotherapy for Struggles with Sexuality
Confidential, and non-judgemental environment to explore thoughts, feelings and perceptions around sexuality and gender identity.
Exploration of the coming out process and how you would like to create this for yourself.
Develop coping strategies to deal with distressing situation such as homophobia, transphobia and stigma.
Explore issues related to sex and relationships in safety.
Explore the development of your sexuality and sexual identity from a younger age to the here and now.