This page covers the work I do with Gay / Bisexual men & women as well as Same-Sex Couples.Under the surface we are all the same - struggling with fears, dissapointment and conflict. However, being gay comes with additional and unique challenges, not least that of coming out. There also different social pressures as well internal and external encounters with homophobia. For this reason it is important that your therapsist understands these experiences and can empthise with what it's like to deal with these differences on a daily basis.
For individuals therapy provides the space in which to talk through your difficulties and actually be heard. Others in your life may not have the time to listen or may have their own firm opinions about you and your situations. Therefore, this is a unique opportunity to explore your challenges and gain clarity and understanding. Through therapy you may feel more confident within yourself and have a better view of how to move forward.
Many couples seek therapy because they have either lost connection with each other or they need help dealing with a difficult issue that has arrived within their relationship. I have experience in working with both same-sex and heterosexual couples around these issues. In my work with couples I coach my clients towards new ways in which to communicate and re-connect. Therapy can also help with these other issues such as - finding ways to deal with difficult family members, debt, illness, loss and bereavement, addictions, parenting issues, divorce and separation, sex, anger and conflict.
Some of the issues around being gay that I encounter in my practice include;
How can therapy help?
Psychotherapy can help with all these issues by providing the space in which to talk them through. My job is to help you find ways of seeing your challenges and difficulties that you may not have been able to appreciate before. This might be because you feel too anxious, sad, angry, confused or overwhelmed by your experiences. Through this process you will find yourself developing more self-confidence and awareness. Where you may have felt stuck or vulnerable you may find more hope and optimism both within yourself and in your relationships.