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Sexuality is a core part of our selves, however we identify and can often be the basis of clients’ sense of themselves and how they are in the world. Therapists who are advertising as working LGBT affirmatively have an ethical responsibility to be aware of and understand the complexities and subtleties of working with this client group, without which the therapeutic relationship will struggle to deepen.

The day will explore societal views around sexuality, look at what can be generalised and what can’t, and use creative ways to explore assumptions and see how they can become stereotypes. The day will also include some theory to explore and illuminate internalised homophobia via models that reference cultural and inter generational scripting, and participants will be encouraged to bring their own stories to help make sense of the theory.

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion with space to reflect on what has been discussed and what has not been said.

Trainers: Heather May and Patrick Brook

Patrick Brook, BA (Hons), MA, Dip. Couns, Dip TA, NCS (Acc).trained at the Link Centre and works in private practice in Brighton and Hove. Patrick holds an undergraduate honours degree in the Humanities, a Masters degree in the field of Applied Linguistics and Communication, a Diploma in Counselling and a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Practice. He is an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, and a member of the BACP.
Heather is a counsellor working in private practice in Brighton. She has extensive experience of working therapeutically with LGBT clients and until 2015 coordinated the counselling service at LGBT Switchboard. Her humanistic way of working with clients is integrated into a more existential and soulful approach, and she is especially interested in working with metaphor and image and the meaning that they can help us create.


LGB training testimonials

“I enjoyed the day and it met and exceeded my expectations. I particularly appreciated the mix of discussion, activity, break out and feedback which I find essential to my learning. Thank you.”

“A very thought provoking raising awareness day, broken up with interesting excursuses with a good pace. Excellent trainers.”

“I found the day interesting and informative. The day went really quickly. I liked the interactive nature of the workshop and the knowledge of the facilitators.”

“This day opened up may questions and helped me work with some of my preconceptions about LGB clients.”

“I have enjoyed the CPD very much. I think the structure was just right – information, discussions, sharing of experiences. I cant think of anything I would change to the course. Thank you.”

“I found the day informative and gently presented. What does LGBT affirmative mean? opened up many thought processes for me. TA information was helpful too.”