Counselling for Transgender Issues in London

Transgender is a word used to describe people whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth.

Transgender people do not feel, on the inside, to be the gender that their bodies suggest on the outside. These feelings can be very distressing and transgender people often struggle for many years with complex, difficult emotions as they come to understand their sense of gender identity.

Gender identity is a person’s sense of being male and/or female and is not linked to sexual orientation. Transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or asexual.

Gender and identity – not always straight-forward

Transgender people experience and discover their transgender identity is a variety of ways. Some can trace their feelings back to their earliest memories. Others become aware of their transgender identities during adolescence or much later in life. Some transgender people embrace their transgender feelings while others struggle with feelings of shame or confusion.

Some transgender people use medical treatment to alter their bodies to match their internal sense of gender identity. Some transgender people do not. This is a personal choice. Corrective surgery has helped many transgender people feel more comfortable in their bodies, though not every transgender person opts for gender reassignment.

Transgender people have been documented throughout history and are found in most societies of the world. There is no single reason why some people are transgender.

Though it is illegal to discriminate against transgender people, transgender people often feel that it is difficult to find employment and report that discrimination against transgender people is common not only in the workplace but in all areas of society.

Counselling for gender and transgender issues can help

Therapy can be invaluable to people experiencing gender identity issues. An experienced therapist should be able to assist with the many challenges that transgender people face. Discussing feelings in therapy can help make sense of gender identity issues and help with difficult transitions. Support is available to those facing gender identity matters.

Some of our therapists have helped many transgender people understand and resolve issues around gender identity. At your first appointment, we will discuss how you might move forward and you will be referred to one of therapists with gender counselling experience.

If you know someone who is transgender, or who is coming to terms with their transgender identity, educate yourself about transgender issues. Keep the lines of communication open with the transgender person and learn appropriate terms to use in discussing transgender matters. Don’t make assumptions about things. If in doubt about something, ask.

Getting started with gender counselling and support in London

Your first appointment will provide an opportunity to speak with a therapist about your concerns. This first appointment usually lasts about one hour. Your therapist will help determine how we might best support you and you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about counselling for gender-related issues.

We have helped many people explore their sense of gender identity. One of our therapists may be able to provide help. We use a number of different counselling approaches to support you along the way.

Appointments are usually available within one week of your initial contact.

What to expect in counselling

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How does therapy help?

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Individual counselling

Our personal counselling services take place in a supportive, non-judgemental atmosphere.

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Couples counselling

Couples counselling provides space for couples to discuss problems in their relationship and find resolution.

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Our therapists in London

Our therapists bring a wealth of experience and training to the therapy services we provide.

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Counselling, psychotherapy, couples counselling in London since 2006

Client Reviews

One Therapy London

Therapist Amrita Athwal
Amrita Athwal

Amrita works with adults in an integrative way, drawing on various therapeutic approaches tailored to meet the needs of each client She provides a safe space to help clients better understand themselves She offers short term and long term therapy Amrita has experience of working with clients on issues such as trauma, addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship...

Bloomsbury

Therapist Annie Curran-White
Annie Curran-White

With a Masters degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Annie offers both short and long term, open-ended therapy to individuals Her experience includes depression, stress and anxiety, bereavement, loss, personal development and trauma Annie has additional, specialist training working with survivors of rape, and adult and childhood sexual...

Soho

Therapist Antonella Bonetti
Antonella Bonetti

Antonella is a psychodynamic therapist offering short- and long-term therapy to adults She also sees couples facing issues within their relationship Since obtaining her Master’s degree in Psychodynamic Therapy & Counselling, Antonella has worked in different organisational settings (charities, NHS and university counselling services) helping people from diverse...

Bloomsbury

Kensington

Therapist Barbara Beyaz
Barbara Beyaz

Barbara brings a warm, non-judgmental, and accepting attitude to her work with clients As an integrative Psychotherapist, she draws from a range of theoretical perspectives which allows her to tailor therapy to the needs of the client Barbara thinks that healing and individual growth happen when difficulties in living are explored with empathy, and the client's unique...

Fitzrovia

Therapist Barbara Perini
Barbara Perini

Barbara is an accredited member of BACP, holding an MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and adhering to the BACP ethical framework Her approach is open-ended, offering both short-term and long-term therapy Barbara has also trained in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), a short-term (16 sessions), semi-structured individual therapy developed for mood...

Oxford Circus

Therapist Ben Brackenbury
Ben Brackenbury

Ben believes that at times we all struggle with the challenges life has to offer and therapy provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space to explore this Ben works with individuals to make sense of who they are and how they respond to the world today, and to explore new ways of being Ben is also sensitive to how difficult it might be for a client to talk to a...

Oxford Circus

Therapist Ben Marks
Ben Marks

Ben is an experienced psychotherapist who has helped many people through difficult times in their lives He works with clients with a wide range of personal issues around depression, anxiety, bereavement, trauma, abuse, loneliness, stresses within the workplace, low self esteem, relationship and sexual problems including performance anxiety, erectile dysfunction and...

Oxford Circus

Therapist Catherine Hammett
Catherine Hammett

Catherine offers a safe, confidential space for clients bringing a wide range of issues to therapy  These include anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, anger and work-related stress  Catherine also supports clients experiencing depression, bereavement and life transitions  Among her specialist interests are post-traumatic growth and working with adult...

Oxford Circus

Therapist Ceri Hiles
Ceri Hiles

Ceri works with adult clients wanting to explore a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship and family problems, issues arising from physical, emotional or psychological abuse and confidence and self-esteem issues He has particular experience of working with bereavement and loss Ceri’s training in psychodynamic and person-centred approaches to...

Soho

Therapist Cora Beattie
Cora Beattie

People come to therapy for many different reasons; whatever your reason, therapy is a unique experience It can offer you an environment where you begin to make sense of your experiences, both past and present, and discover how you feel about them Cora likes to create a space that is both safe and supportive in which she can work collaboratively with her clients...

Oxford Circus