Mental health matters
LGBT mental health support
London Friend counselling service provides one-to-one counselling sessions to LGBT+ people and for those who may be questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. 12 weeks of counselling with a volunteer counsellor who is either fully qualified or working towards qualification/accreditation. All counsellors, supervisors and assessors work within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) code of ethics, or equivalent professional body. Counsellors who volunteer their time for London Friend all identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.
Financial contribution: As London Friend incur costs, such as building overheads and the provision of professional clinical supervision for counsellors, they invite people accessing the counselling service to make a regular financial contribution in accordance with their income. This would be discussed at your assessment.
The Metro Centre counselling service offers both short-term and long-term counselling, giving you an opportunity to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more resourcefully and with greater satisfaction. As a charity they do rely, to some extent, on contributions from the people who use their service. Each session costs them about £30 to provide and they do ask for a payment for each session. They are aware that everyone's circumstances are different even when you are working, so anything that you can reasonably afford is most welcome. However, not everyone is working, so as a guideline they suggest a contribution of £3 per session if you are not waged. Please do not have any concerns over this as it can be discussed with the counsellor and a mutually acceptable agreement will be reached.
Mental Health and Crisis Support Drop-In
141 Greenwich High Road, London SE10 8JA
020 8305 5000 | Thursday, 1-4pm
ELOP is a holistic lesbian and gay centre that offers a range of social, emotional and support services to LGBT communities, and our core services include counselling and young people’s services. Offers counselling service offers a low cost, confidential, high quality, and rapid response, self or third-party referral service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people who have same-sex attraction and/or relationships, and others who may be uncertain but feel they could benefit from accessing a lesbian and gay service.
They also offer individual, couples and youth counselling.
Outcome @ MIND aims to provide a sanctuary for LGBT people - somewhere safe where they can be themselves, socialise free from discrimination, receive therapies to improve their mental health, learn new skills and acquire knowledge to improve their quality of life. Offers therapies such as psychotherapy, counselling, one-to-one and group art therapy and alternative therapies such as head massage and acupuncture throughout the day, as well as activities such as music tuition, drama, card making, a walking group, a film club, computer training and board games.
Pink Therapy says its "the UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients. As an organisation we aim to promote high quality therapy and training services for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and others who identify as being gender or sexual diversities. There is a whole spectrum of different gender and sexual expressions and we welcome those who are engaged in consensual, albeit transgressive sexualities who are seeking a place to understand and be understood."
PACE Closed 22 Jan 2016
Founded in 1985 PACE provided support services for the LGBT+ community for over 30 years delivering counselling, advocacy, training, youth work, research and mental health support services. A spokesperson for PACE said: “The decision to close the doors on PACE after 31 years of supporting the LGBT+ community is one that we have taken with a very heavy heart. The financial climate is very difficult for small charities, especially those delivering services at a local level with continuing cuts to local authority budgets. Sadly, despite work to support the charity, raising the necessary income needed has proved increasingly hard and it has become clear that it is no longer financially viable for the charity to continue. We would like to thank all those who have supported us and worked with us to deliver vital support services for the LGBT+ community. A very big thank you to all the staff and volunteers over the last 31 years who have provided so much support and dedication to the community.”↑ Back to top