An online directory of therapists of all sexualities and gender identities who work with gender and sexual diversity clients across the LGBTIQ spectrum from a non-judgmental standpoint.
It was only a couple of decades ago that homosexuality was considered a mental illness by the World Health Organisation. This pathologising of sexual variation has unfortunately affected the way that many therapists view any sexual difference. LGBTIQ individuals are often judged through a heteronormative lens of what is and isn't 'normal'. Even today, people who wish to change their gender, announce a sexuality other than the norm, or those who wish to engage in consensual BDSM/Kink relationships, often find themselves the target of prejudice, or even diagnosed as having some sort of mental illness.
Luckily, there is an increasing number of therapists of all genders and sexualities who don't adopt this pathologising stance and are 'coming out of the closet' to say that differences in sexuality or gender are just that; differences. To them, it is society's attitude towards LGBTIQ individuals that is 'sick' and needs to change. However, living with the stigma and oppression that often comes with being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, or any other sexuality or gender beyond the heterosexual norm, can put immense pressures on us. For this reason, people with diverse gender and sexual identities, may benefit from the emotional and psychological support now offered by many therapists and counsellors, to help them accept their own identities and find ways to deal with the prejudices and unfairness experiences from society, by someone who has great understanding and training of the social context in which they live their lives.
If you are a member of the LGBTIQ or sexual and gender diversity community and wish to speak to someone about the societal or personal problems you may face but cannot find someone near to where you live or work, you may want to consider someone listed in our Directory who works online via Skype/Video chat.
Look here to see a list of useful questions you may want to ask when considering choosing a therapist.
The entrants listed in this directory have all completed the minimum of a diploma in counselling, and you will find copies of their relevant qualifications on their profiles. They will also be a member of a professional association with a clear code of ethics and complaints procedure, and have been willing to declare their own sexuality and gender and state the specific training they have had to work in a sexuality-affirming way. This way, you are free to choose a therapist that you feel most comfortable with.
The information provided on this database has been created by a therapist themselves. Pink Therapy is not responsible for the quality of service or truthfulness of the information contained here, though we have asked for evidence of qualifications and training for working with LGBTIQ and gender and sexual diversity clients, but you should check them out as necessary and make your own judgement.
This directory will soon be expanded to include a wide range of complementary therapists for the LGBTIQ community, and to stretch beyond the UK. This can be the first place you might look if you would like a non-judgemental therapist to work with you on an physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual issue, especially those pertaining to gender and sexuality.
We have compiled a list of useful questions you can ask when considering a therapist.