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.

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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

Personal counselling can be about anything that’s on your mind.

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Couples counselling

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

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Therapists in London

Finding the right therapist is an important first step.

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One Therapy London

Counselling, psychotherapy, couples counselling in London since 2006

Therapist Asma Gharbi
Asma Gharbi

Consultant Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Couples and Relationship Therapist Counselling Psychologist Asma offers psychodynamic, humanistic and integrative therapies to individuals and couples She tailors her approach to meet the needs and preferences of her clients She offers short and long term therapy Asma provides a non-judgemental space for her clients, where they...

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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 Barbara Perini
Barbara Perini

Consultant Therapist MSc in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy DIT - Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy BSc in Clinical Psychology 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...

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Therapist Yussef Ferguson
Yussef Ferguson

Consultant Psychodynamic Psychotherapist MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy BA (Hons) Social Work Yussef is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist who offers both long and short term personal therapy to individuals He has experience of working with a diverse range of clients and can provide a warm, confidential space to explore and gain insight into any past or...

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Therapist Magda Piesiewicz
Magda Piesiewicz

Psychosexual and Relationship Therapist MSc in Psychology Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Sexology Magda helps couples and individuals who are facing psychosexual and relationship struggles She also specialises in compulsive sexual behaviours (often misunderstood as sex addiction) She aims to create a non-judgmental, supportive space where her clients can be open...


Therapist Ben Brackenbury
Ben Brackenbury

Consultant Therapist Head of Therapy Training Programmes 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...

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Therapist Geraldine Lothian
Geraldine Lothian

Consultant Therapist Geraldine (she/her) is a psychodynamic psychotherapist who works with individuals Geraldine’s style of therapy is to work collaboratively with her clients and at each client’s pace  It is sometimes difficult to make the decision to start therapy but Geraldine works together with her clients to address any issues that may feel difficult to...


Therapist Stamatia Lorentzou
Stamatia Lorentzou

Senior Consultant Therapist Stamatia draws on a broad range of theories of psychotherapy She works collaboratively with her clients to understand the causes of their concern and find ways to move forward Stamatia offers both short-term and longer-term therapy She has worked in various organisational settings with individuals seeking to address relationship issues,...


Therapist Rhiannon Whipps
Rhiannon Whipps

Consultant Therapist Rhiannon is a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist with over ten years experience of working within the field of mental health Rhiannon provides an empathic and non-judgemental therapeutic space for her clients to explore any difficulties which they may be facing Within the safety of a confidential environment, she encourages her clients...

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Therapist Patricia Connolly
Patricia Connolly

Consultant Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Patricia works within a psychodynamic approach This focuses on early life experience and  relationships to help you understand how they shape who you are in the present When you begin to more fully explore your emotions and attitudes you can find a deeper self–knowledge, which can also transform the way you relate to...