Counselling and psychotherapy are often thought to be mainly for white, middle-class, educated, heterosexual people. The consequence has been that many people who would love to be able to sit down and talk things through with someone have assumed that counselling and psychotherapy are not for them.
And even with the Equality Act 2010, which outlaws discrimination in nine key areas (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex, sexual orientation), there has continued to be discriminatory practice by some counsellors and psychotherapists. The most blatant example of this is so-called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy”.
My view is that counselling and psychotherapy has been limited to one group of people for too long, and it’s time to redress the balance. So I positively welcome clients representing all kinds of diversity (not just the nine areas listed in the Equality Act).
If your diversity is part of what you want to talk through with me, I will be genuinely interested in your own specific experience, and I won’t assume that it conforms to any expectations I may have. And if your diversity isn’t part of what you want to discuss, then I won’t expect you to talk about it, and I won’t assume that you’re hiding something because you don’t.
Specifically in regard to the whole spectrum of gender and sexual expressions, I welcome clients who identify with any kind of consensual, even if “transgressive”, sexuality, and I aim to offer a space where (if you wish) you can talk through issues related to your gender or sexuality and be genuinely heard without misunderstanding or judgement.