LGBTQ+ Counselling at MindOut is a low-cost counselling service based in Brighton, which is run by and for LGBTQ+ communities.
Our service is impartial, independent and non-judgemental. We provide counselling both face to face and online/telephone for 12 sessions that will provide you the safety and support that you need.
All our counsellors identify as LGBTQ+, and are either qualified from or training on, courses provided by recognised professional Counselling bodies.
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.
We understand that going into counselling can be a vulnerable experience, but we want you to know that it does get better and we will support you in the best way possible.
If you wish to apply for counselling, please click the link for our webform below:
(Update 15/09/23: As we have recently recevied a large number of applications, we wish to advise that there is currently a 4 month waiting list. If further assistance is needed whilst waiting for counselling, please do not hesitate to contact us.)
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).
What happens when I sign up?
Once you complete the form, we will contact you for an assessment session. This is where we ask further questions about what you want from counselling as well as the type of counsellor you would like. We then strive to pair you with a counsellor that we feel would be best to support you through the 12-session journey.
How much does the counselling cost?
At MindOut we aim to provide a low-cost service so mental health support is accessible to all in the LGBTQ community. We have a sliding scale of fees based on your income and your circumstances to ensure you can afford to access the support you need.
How long is each session and is it weekly?
The sessions we provide are usually 50 minutes long in a weekly format. However, if it was requested for the sessions to be fortnightly, this could be discussed within the assessment.
Is the service only for those in Brighton and Hove?
Our counselling service is available for online sessions nationally however our face-to-face sessions are only able to be held at the Community Base in Brighton.
I need additional assistance in completing the form. Can someone help me?
If you would like any help to complete the application, please ring 01273 234800.
MindOut complies with Accessible Information Standards and can help you with any communication or information needs you have.
Can I volunteer to be a counsellor at MindOut?
We currently have volunteer opportunities available for both qualified and trainee counsellors.
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.
For more information, please visit our Volunteer page.
More about us
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.