Psychology Melbourne offers counselling to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex community. We understand that the concerns LGBTQI+ clients bring to counselling are often universal, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Nevertheless, in spite of the advances that have been made in social acceptance of LGBTQI+ people and their often hard-won resilience to social stigma and prejudice, they still regularly experience bullying, rejection and discrimination which can impact their self-esteem, sexuality and relationships with others and lead to higher levels of mental health issues. These arise from discriminatory practices and do not spring from sexual orientation or gender identity.
We have psychologists who are aware of these issues and bring acceptance and experience to provide a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment, exploring the diverse and powerful emotional realities involved. Our practice has been strongly influenced by the work of Dr Ilan Meyer and his conceptual framework of "minority stress". and the work of the National LGBTI Health Alliance.
LGBTQI+ mental health and relationships
Ironically, the internal strength developed by LGBTQI+ people - characterised by Senator Penny Wong as "dignity in the face of criticism and offensive disrespect" - can make them less likely to reach out for support.
Our psychologists are sensitive to the complex needs of LGBTQI+ clients navigating the process of affirming their sexual orientation and gender orientation.