Andy Garland Therapies - Counselling Cardiff - Mental Health Services Cardiff - Cardiff Therapists

Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversity therapy (GSRD) is aimed specifically at the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals.

Andy's experience in this area provides treatment that is sensitive to the specific needs of those patients, and is offered in a safe, non-judgemental environment, as all therapies' are.

GSRD 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 patient identifying or establishing themselves as gender and sexual diverse, can be vastly different from other patients presenting with similar conditions.

coming-out as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning/queer + (lgbtq+)

Andy has specific expertise in the 'coming-out' or discovery phase of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning/queer + (LGBTQ+) patients. 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ people, every day more people around the world make the decision to come out.

Andy Garland Therapies - Counselling Cardiff - Mental Health Services Cardiff - Cardiff Therapists

Different people cope with the emotional upheaval of identity confusion in various ways. Some people who think they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer + 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 for example, or ignore inclinations which they don't feel are acceptable for their biological sex. This can make it hard for LGBTQ+ people to seek information and support.

LGBTQ+ people can be at a higher risk of experiencing a mental health problem than the wider population. If you are LGBTQ+ and have experienced mental health issues, you are not alone. The reasons for this are complex and not yet fully understood.

However, mental health problems experienced by LGBTQ+ people have been linked to discrimination, bullying, homophobia, biphobia or transphobia.

You might also experience rejection, negative reactions or hostility from family members, friends, strangers, employers or members of the religious community. This can have a big impact on your self-esteem and mean you might feel unable to be open about your sexual or gender identity at work, at home or in the world at large.

a safe place to talk

Gay and lesbian individuals experience depression at a rate of one in every three people. Furthermore, 31.4% of transgender and gender non-conforming people have been diagnosed with depression. Although, this number may be influenced by disparities in care and a common fear that they will be discriminated against or even put in danger.

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 patient to reveal or disclose information.

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