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

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Therapist Toulla Nicolaides
Toulla Nicolaides

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Therapist Ameet Magan
Ameet Magan

Ameet is from London and holds an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy He has more than a decade’s experience of working in a one-to-one capacity with clients He has also trained in groupwork and has worked since 2016 as a group psychotherapist and clinical practitioner with the NHS in East London Ameet is a warm, grounded and reflective person He works with compassion...


Therapist Evan Bates
Evan Bates

Evan is a psychodynamic therapist, offering both long and short term therapy He creates a non-judgemental and reflective space to help clients explore their difficulties and concerns Working together to understand the connections between past and current relationships, Evan supports clients in developing a deeper awareness of their recurring emotional patterns and further...



Therapist Marta Pisarri
Marta Pisarri

Consultant Integrative Psychotherapist Visiting lecturer at Regent's University Diploma in Somatic Trauma Therapy Advance Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy MSc in Clinical Psychology Marta is a psychologist and an integrative psychotherapist: she has been working in the field of mental health for over 12 years in both private...


Therapist Nicola Reeves
Nicola Reeves

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Therapist Giselle van Rheede
Giselle van Rheede

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Therapist Silvi Naskinova
Silvi Naskinova

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Therapist Michelle Taylor
Michelle Taylor

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Therapist Yussef Ferguson
Yussef Ferguson

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Therapist Ava Kinsey
Ava Kinsey

Ava is a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor She works with the NHS both as an adult psychotherapist at a complex trauma unit, and as a perinatal psychotherapist working with mothers and their infants and toddlers Before that, she worked as a psychotherapist in secondary care at the NHS, treating clients who experienced early relational/sexual trauma or...