Gender & Sexual Diversity Therapy (GSDT) or sometimes referred to as Sexual Minority Therapy (SMT) is aimed specifically at the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. Andy's experience in this area provides treatment that is sensitive to the specific needs of those clients, and is offered in a safe, non-judgemental environment, as all therapies' are.
GSDT is to a high-degree the same as any other therapeutic intervention. The difference is the knowledge, understanding and training that supports these communities. The requirements of a client identifying or establishing themselves as gender and sexual diverse, can be vastly different from other clients presenting with similar conditions.
coming-out as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender (lgbt)
Andy has specific expertise in the 'coming-out' or discovery phase of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) clients. Many people find that coming out is a positive experience. However, coming to terms with confusion about identity can have both positive and negative effects on many aspects of a person's life, including social relationships, school or work, and self-esteem.
Coming out can be a difficult time; many LGBT people fear negative reactions, rejection and upsetting people they are close to. In many parts of the world strong cultural attitudes and discriminatory laws make coming out even harder. Despite the obstacles faced by LGBT people, every day more people around the world make the decision to come out.
Different people cope with the emotional upheaval of identity confusion in various ways. Some people who think they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender will try to deny it to themselves and even seek help to eradicate their feelings. A person might try to avoid thoughts and feelings which may confirm they are homosexual, or ignore inclinations which they don't feel are acceptable for their biological sex. This can make it hard for LGBT people to seek information and support.
a safe place to talk
Andy offers an environment where you can share your thoughts and express your feelings in a safe non-judgmental way. No pressure is put on the client to reveal or disclose information.