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're really proud of our team of volunteer LGBTQ counsellors. They include People of Colour from a broad range of minority ethnic backgrounds, trans, non-binary and gender-variant people, people living with disability or long-term health conditions, of a broad range of ages, and with a huge amount of personal and professional experience. We recognise that counselling has historically been led by-and-for predominantly white, middle-class and wealthy people and we seek to challenge that, with a service that's inclusive and genuinely affordable. Whoever you're matched with for counselling sessions, all our team commit to anti-racist practice, trans awareness and an ongoing programme of training...
We are experiencing high demand for counselling, and have had to put some limits on who can apply:
We can only accept clients from Brighton & Hove (not from the wider region).
We can only accept first-time clients. Returning clients will not be offered counselling.
We are working hard to build more capacity into our service, and we hope to review these restrictions later in the year. Some clients are waiting around 6 months from application to first session, though this can vary due to individual circumstances.
We continue to offer a choice of face-to-face or online and telephone counselling so that people can decide how they access the service.
You can also download a blank application form instead, if you prefer to complete this offline. You can then email it to us, or print and post it (details are given on the front page of the form).
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.
More about us...
Like many low-cost counselling services, our counsellors are all volunteers. Some of these are trainees, who are volunteering 'in placement' with us as they build up their clinical hours. Others are qualified counsellors, who wish to donate some of their time and skills back to the LGBTQ community. Their generosity of time allows us to offer a truly affordable, low-cost service, and their commitment and dedication ensures that we offer a safe, supportive and professional counselling service.
The service is managed by an experienced, qualified counselling manger who is supported by a counselling assistant and MindOut's wider Admin team. These are salaried positions at MindOut.
Oversight of our counsellors' work is also provided by a team of experienced, qualified Clinical Supervisors.
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.
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're particularly keen to hear from qualified counsellors who wish to volunteer, though we do offer trainee placements.
Some sessions are offered online or by phone, so volunteers will ideally be trained and/or experienced in these ways of working. We do prioritise applicants who are Sussex-based and are also available for face-to-face sessions. Ideally you will offer both methods of delivery.
MindOut LGBTQ Counselling Service is listed on the Counselling Directory, a national database of counsellors and counselling services: see http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/
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: http://www.bacp.co.uk
This service has been funded in the past 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.