LGBTQ Counselling at MindOut is a counselling service based in Brighton, which is run by and for LGBTQ communities. Our service is impartial, independent and non-judgemental.

We are currently offering an online and telephone counselling service so that people can access counselling during the COVID-19 crisis. This is limited to applicants local to Brighton, Sussex and surrounding areas, unfortunately we are unable to offer a national service. Do complete an application form if you would like to access counselling. There may be a short wait for an assessment and to be matched with a counsellor. We hope to resume face to face counselling as soon as it is safe to do so.

To apply for Counselling you can download the application form here.

If you would like any help to complete this, please ring 01273 234800.

For an introduction to the counselling service, you can download a flyer here.

MindOut complies with Accessible Information Standards and can help you with any communication or information needs you have.

Counselling at MindOut

All our counsellors identify as LGBTQ, and are either qualified from or training on, courses provided by recognised professional Counselling bodies. This means that all our LGBTQ Counsellors follow a code of ethics and values in relation to their counselling work with you. They all receive regular supervision and support alongside further training with us to ensure they are well equipped to understand therapeutic work within LGBTQ communities.

LGTBQ Counselling at MindOut provides relational counselling, which is not goal orientated, or about telling you what to do. Our LGBTQ counsellors will work to develop a trusting and confidential therapeutic relationship with you so that you can feel safe to work through the issues which are troubling you.

Our LGBTQ counsellors can work with a wide variety of issues, including gender, sexuality, bereavement, depression, anxiety, illness, disability, hate crime, stress, work issues, parenting, sex and relationships, lack of meaning, and eating disorders, the list is endless. Sometimes you may not know what the problem is, but just feel that you need some support. Whatever the issue our  LGBTQ counselling service can help.

There is a charge for the LGBTQ Counselling service in the form of a weekly payment.  We are committed to making the service affordable and have a sliding scale of fees based on your income and your circumstances to ensure you can afford to access the support you need.

We will keep your waiting time to a minimum, which will be dependent on the availability of Counsellors, and on when you are free to come in to our offices in central Brighton.  We will make sure you see a Counsellor as quickly as possible.

To apply for Counselling you can download the application form here

Bursaries for Black and trans/QTIPOC Counsellor Training


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MindOut are excited to offer a limited number of bursaries for Black and trans/QTIPOC counsellors to undertake training.

For more information, see: Bursaries for Black and trans/QTIPOC Counsellor Training | MindOut

Honorary (Volunteer) Counsellor vacancies

We are continually striving to diversify our counselling team and are keen to hear from BAME and Trans counsellors who would like to volunteer with us. We also have vacancies for counsellors who are relationship trained or family and systemically trained.

Sessions are currently being offered online or by phone, so volunteers will ideally be trained and/or experienced in these ways of working. We also welcome applicants who are Sussex-based and would be available for face-to-face sessions once these resume.

See here for more information.

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MindOut LGBTQ Counselling Service is listed on the Counselling Directory, a national database of counsellors and counselling services: see

The service is registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and is informed by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. See:

This service is funded by a grant from the Rainbow Fund, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Sussex Community Foundation, donations from Bear Patrol and community fundraising.  If you would like to make a donation to support this vital service please donate here.

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