Have you tried counselling before? Perhaps you felt unable to talk about your gender identity or sexuality. Maybe you didn't want to risk being misgendered, misunderstood and having to educate your counsellor.
I really understand that being LGBTQ+ can sometimes make it difficult to find a counsellor you can trust and feel safe to open up to.
Hello, I'm Chloe
As a queer gay woman I had the misfortune of my school days spanning the whole of Section 28, a law making it illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality.
Meeting my first counsellor, I was scared!
Opening up to a stranger was hard enough, but having the added stress of whether to come out. Would my counsellor make a big deal of my sexuality? Or would she pretend to be accepting and ignore this part of me completely?
Thankfully she did truly accept me - I was so relieved!
Sadly these fears are very common, particularly for trans and non-binary people.
Chloe Foster - Psychotherapeutic Humanistic Counsellor
Training and Experience
I have over 10 years experience supporting LGBTQ+ people as a youth worker and in mental health support roles. This includes over 8 years working as a counsellor.
Postgraduate BACP accredited diploma in psychotherapeutic humanistic counselling at Brighton University
Accredited member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)
Professional member of Pink Therapy
Professional member of Gendered Intelligence
National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society Quality Checked CPD workshops for counsellors.
Professional member of National Ugly Mugs (committed to ending all forms of violence against sex workers)
Professional Liability Insurance
Enhanced DBS Checked
Registered with the ICO