Do you find it difficult to learn in a group?
Since starting to run my group workshops for counselling organisations and online with Onlinevents, I have noticed a growing number of counsellors contacting me individually afterwards to ask questions.
Despite having a free Facebook group for participants to ask questions, still most people prefer to ask in private.
So this got me thinking, there seems to be a need for 1- to -1 support...
Why do people want to learn 1- to -1?
I wonder if it is a fear of getting it wrong, a fear of offending or just not wanting to look silly.
Working with gender and sexual diversity we can face some very contentious and political views about very sensitive and marginalised people, who deserve every right to be heard and understood. Sadly many LGBTQ people (particularly folks on the trans spectrum) are currently in an almost daily battle with the media who are trying to stop basic human rights becoming law.
For many counsellors this can feel an overwhelming topic to learn about.
However there is a growing consensus that being competent to work with LGBTQ people is essential, as we all have a relationship with gender and sexuality. Sadly learning about LGBTQ people is often missed out of initial counsellor training. This leaves many thousands of counsellors not feeling confident and not knowing where to turn to learn.
I want to help change things in my profession and help more counsellors be more competent and feel more confident.
Don't leave it until you get your first trans client, or your first same sex couple. Learn now, so you are feeling more confident and less likely to make the basic mistakes.
So are you ready to give it a go?
I can help you feel more confident working with LGBTQ clients. I will go at your pace.
If that means we need to go super slow through some of the most basic terminology right from the beginning that is totally ok with me. It is important that you feel comfortable and in a space where you can ask the questions you are too scared to ask on forums, Facebook groups or even with your counselling friends.
Why not try a no obligation taster to see if this is for you. You can choose to meet for 30mins or 60mins. More details below.
If you like it you can continue with a series of 1- to -1 sessions, or you may leave feeling you have learned what you need for now. There is no need to commit to any more sessions than you need and you are welcome to come back for a 'top-up' and an update in future.
What does a 1- to -1 training session cover?
Through my experience of running training workshops for groups on this topic for many years I can go through some of my workshop material with you which can include:
Becoming more confident using gender neutral pronouns
Becoming more aware of the ever-evolving language relating to gender and sexual diversity
Learning the difference between sex, gender identity/expression and sexuality
Raising your awareness of how homophobia, biphobia and transphobia impacts LGBTQ clients’ mental health
Supporting you to understand the terms heteronormative and cisnormative
Exploring with you how our society can affect LGBTQ clients.
Or if you prefer we can go through your questions and see where your gaps in knowledge and confidence are and go from there.
How much does VIP Training cost?
You get me all to yourself for 1- to -1 support and training for only...
£45 (30 min session)
£70 (60 min session)
Is it worth it?
Just think, no more having to listen to the same people dominate the group with their questions leaving you wondering why the trainer never quite got through all the material promised.
You have this time dedicated for you so we can take the time to work out what you would like to learn all at your pace.
What do I know? Why work with me?
I have been running my LGBTQ counselling service since 2016. Since then I have built over 1000 hours of experience working with LGBTQ clients. I therefore have a rich variety of experience to draw from.
Before setting up my private practice I worked with LGBTQ clients in numerous LGBTQ organisations.
I have experience working as an LGBTQ counsellor for Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard, as an LGBTQ Youth Worker for Allsorts Youth Project and working for the LGBTQ mental health charity MindOut.
With a First Class degree in Education I love teaching and training and am proud to have made training an ongoing part of my career since 2003.
How do I book a session?
All you need to do is Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your availability and a brief outline of what you want to learn about. I will then get back to you with a time to meet.
We will meet online using a video conferencing platform or over the phone if you prefer. Please note that meeting online you will be able to see my resources and so you may find it a richer experience.