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Counselling for Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals & Questioning Sexuality.

Counsellor for Gay Men, Lesbian Women, Bisexuals, Fluid & Questioning Sexuality. Local Havant Specialist in Sexuality Counselling, seriously offering so much more than a generalised Lesbian and Gay Counselling Service - an ally embracing multiple forms of sexual expression…

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Specialist LGBT /Q+ Counselling.

Would you like to meet with a counsellor who specialises in working with gay men, lesbian women, bisexuals, and those who are questioning their sexuality (aka LGBT/Q or GSRD) in therapy? How about someone just down the road from you in Havant, Hampshire?

It doesn’t matter if your difficulties are sexuality-related (straight, questioning, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, polyamory, curious, unsure), or if you’re secure in your sexuality identity but you would just rather meet with someone who identifies with LGBT/Q to talk over some difficulties.

So much more than a generalised local Lesbian and Gay Counselling Service – Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant) would be the counsellor to consider.

Counselling for Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Questioning Sexuality

Problems with Some Counsellors.

A majority of British Professional Membership Bodies (PMB) for counsellors and psychotherapists nowadays frown upon members who decline to work with anyone within the LGBT/Q community.

“Nowadays” … “Frown”? Hmm 🤔.

Some counsellors still decline (citing personal and/or religious beliefs etc) to work with sexually diverse people (regardless of their PMB’s position). Perhaps more concerning: some counsellors with very little experience of working with sexual diversity nor non-normative lifestyles promote themselves as suitable for LGBT/Q’s needs… simply because of holding, perhaps, a non-judgemental position.

Maybe, though, this tricky situation could be a good thing for those seeking to work with someone experienced in sexuality and sexual expression.

You could be asking yourself equally: “which counsellor will understand my struggles with sexuality” or “which counsellor do I choose when my sexual orientation isn’t the be all and end all to my life?”. If you are, it’s likely that you’d prefer to work with someone who (at least!) held positive regard for your core identity, as well as a vast working knowledge of human sexuality.

Counsellor Dean Richardson

A Different Counsellor.

So, having discovered that not all counsellors are equally experienced, this is when you’d consider Counsellor Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant). Dean is a different kind of counsellor and much more than an LGBT Ally. Specialising in counselling therapy for lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals, straight / questioning, gender and relationship-diverse people, Dean is your local specialist counsellor, centred in Havant (Hampshire), working in his own private practice.

Spot the difference?!

Local Services for LGBT/Q.

Questioning Sexuality

No-one is always 100% clear about their sexual orientation.  Sometimes we identify as one thing, sometimes another, sometimes many things (eg fluid). If you’re questioning your sexuality and would like to talk things over with an LGBT/Q Ally, you’d discover a little more about yourself with Dean Richardson.

Individual LGBT Counselling

Don’t squeeze yourself into a hetero-normative counsellor’s way of working. Even if your difficulties are not LGBT/Q related, you may just want to work with an LGBT/Q ally counsellor. Choose Individual Counselling. Discuss sexuality, asexuality, orientation, questions & experimentation.

Same Sex Couple Counselling

Counselling for same-sex couple relationships. Dean is fully-qualified and experienced in Couple Counselling. Building upon his PG Diploma researching the specific needs of gay and lesbian intimate partners. Couple Counselling for same-gender partners, or MOM partners where one is… and the other is too, but other.


Specialist in Counselling for LGBT

Most counsellors nowadays will offer to work with LGBT/Q subjects. You’ll notice that Dean Richardson is actually a gay specialist counsellor ~ not an afterthought. Offering various counselling services for LGBT/Q not just within Havant.

Private counselling near me serving the UK Nationwide over Zoom & Skype, plus locations in and around, Havant, Petersfield to Waterlooville, Cosham to Portsmouth & Southsea, Southampton to Chichester, Fareham to Gosport, Hayling Island, Emsworth, Westbourne, Rowland's Castle, local residents anywhere in between and regularly further afield!

Counselling from your Home... 

...from your office, your car, your hotel, or even on a hike.

Dean has over 24 years experience of working in counselling, incorporating 16 years working via secure video conferencing apps (Zoom, Skype, etc). This means you can meet with Dean without ever having to leave home.

You can work with Dean in counselling remotely from your home, your office, your car (yup - some clients like to drive somewhere secluded for their sessions), or even your hotel room if you're away on business. Some people even like to go on a walk, or sit on a park bench. Provided their privacy is being looked after, Dean has no problems working like this.

Counselling sessions work in the same way as face-to-face sessions, except that you won't have to travel to, nor from, Dean's location.

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Havant Counselling Video Service

LGBT CoupleS Counselling

A New Online Counselling Service designed EXCLUSIVELY for LGBT Relationships…

Sexuality – Unique to You.

Whether you’re straight… gay… lesbian… bisexual… or simply not sure about your sexuality (“questioning”), working with Counsellor Dean Richardson means that your individual sexuality can be the focus of the work.

Just as important, your sexuality doesn’t have to be the focus; it may be a welcome experience simple to work with the difficulties you’re experiencing, but from your perspective .

When you need more than just an ally Dean Richardson is an actual gay counsellor focusing on working with real people who struggle with real life struggles.

When you consider that this is possibly the most personal and vulnerable that you’re going to be with someone (with subjects that you can’t talk about with anyone else) you’d want to choose someone who was not only closely associated with your own community, you’d want someone to trust, who demonstrated adept knowledge and skills in LGBT/Questioning matters, who spoke plain English (who will happily use base/swearing language as much as you do!), and who works in partnership with his clients (rather than sitting in silence in a stereotypical therapist manner).

With all this in mind, you’d probably choose Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant).

Some of the LGBT-related subjects that Dean has worked with in counselling include:-
  • Confused sexuality

     whether homosexuality, heterosexuality or bisexuality, when someone wants to explore in counselling what life has thrown their way (an opportunity, a shock, etc).

  • Gay men, lesbian and bisexual people

     who were struggling with non-LGBT related subjects, but who still wanted to work with a clearly LGBT-identifying Ally Counsellor.

  • Lesbian woman

     who were unsure about being able to commit to an intimate or a sexual relationship.

  • Men and women

     who were unsure about their relationship with their birth-gender (potentially transgender-identifying people, or people dealing with other matters that happened to be in conflict with gender).

  • Heterosexual attraction

     gay men and lesbian women who discover attraction to someone of the opposite gender.

  • Transgender people

     who may delay decisions about their sexual orientation whilst they completed their transitioning.

  • Asexuality

     in a world where people are promoting sexuaity identity, finding comfort n having no sexually attractions (although perhaps still having romantic attractions) may be a struggle to communicate to potential partners.

Counsellor Dean Richardson for Gay Men
Sometimes, coming to a gay (and lesbian) counsellor in Havant can mean all the difference to a client, whether or not the subjects are LGBT-related.

When you can’t see yourself – or your conflicts – in any role model… Dean can help you find one in yourself.

Fees for Gay Lesbian LGBT/Q Counselling.

Sessions are weekly, 50 minutes as standard.

Optional 90-minute sessions available too. Plus you may come more than once a week. We’ll have a chat about possibilities if either of these options appeal to you.

Fees are payable weekly, which helps with budgeting.

If your income would make my costs difficult to afford, let me know and we can talk about what you can responsibly afford per weekly LGBT counselling. See my separate fees page to see the range of services and costs… then get in touch!

Appointments for Counselling.

NB: My Core Practice Hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from noon to 9pm (last session 8pm), with Fridays reserved for groups at 5pm and 7pm. I am not available to offer appointments outside of this times.

Decide on your preferred Weekly Day & Time.

Refer to the table (below) when you make Contact with Dean. It shows the weekly appointments that are currently available.

Weekly session lengths are 50 minutes (by default) but can also be of up to 90 minutes when you prefer.

Couples & Individual Video Counselling (Zoom, Skype…)
Monday Appointments:12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
 Note: a 5pm or 6pm appointment may be available within a few weeks
Tuesday Appointments:This day is not available for bookings
Wednesday Appointments:12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
 Note: the 3pm appointment may be available within a few weeks
Thursday Appointments:12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
 Note: an appointment 2pm to 4pm (incusive) may be available within a few weeks
Friday Appointments:This day is not available for bookings
Weekend Appointments:This day is not available for bookings
  • The times listed in red are the most popular and fastest to be taken.
Couples & Individual Video Counselling (Zoom, Skype…)
Mon:5pm or 6pm
 Note: a 5pm or 6pm appointment may be available within a few weeks
Tue:This day is not available for bookings
 Note: the 3pm appointment may be available within a few weeks
 Note: an appointment 2pm to 4pm (incusive) may be available within a few weeks
Fri:This day is not available for bookings
W/E:This day is not available for bookings
Book your Counselling Appointment todayBook your preferred appointment(s) by completing my Contact me for Counselling form…
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Counselling Appointments Available

Due to a busy time few appointments are currently available. Cases do conclude from time to time and you're welcome to reserve your preferred appointments for when they become available (get in touch…).

Popular Counselling Appointments are chosen firstTimes shown in red are regularly the first to be booked.

Counselling sessions are (at a minimum) weekly, last for up to 50 minutes, and on the same day/time each week. 

There are options for you to meet with your counsellor more than once a week.

There are also options for you to choose  up to 90 minute sessions too. 

(Shift-workers: my regular weekly approach & limited hours may not be able to accommodate your shift pattern very well).

Fees are due before or on the day of the session (payable online via banking app transfer, credit/debit card or PayPal, in person using cash, card or cheque [made out to Dean Richardson]).

Ending counselling: Our time together continues for as long (or as brief) as we both think it's being helpful… and when one of us thinks "maybe that's enough" we can begin to look at bringing our work to a close (it can be helpful to bring up the idea of ending counselling to talk it through, just in case our work has brought up something difficult like avoiding difficult feelings, can't say something, acting out etc). Then we'll plan how we'd like to say "goodbye".

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    Planned Breaks.

    The following table lists the dates of my planned breaks this year (i.e. when I am not available).

    • Monday 9th October 2023 to Sunday 15th October 2023 (7 days).
    • Monday 13th November 2023 to Sunday 19th November 2023 (7 days).
    • Monday 18th December 2023 to Tuesday 2nd January 2024 (16 days).

    iCal Subscription

    You can incorporate Dean's Planned Breaks (setting your own alerts, colours, highlights etc) into your personal, online calendar (GMail, Outlook, iCloud Calendar etc) by using the iCal protocol.

    The iCal URL for Havant Counselling is:

    Example: Embedding iCal using Google Calendar…

    • Go to your Google Calendar.
    • Under the section Other Calendars click the + button (titled: Add other calendars).
    • Select From URL.
    • Enter this URL:
    • Click Add calendar.

    After a few seconds Google will display "Calendar Added". You may now exit out of Settings back to your calendars to see that Dean's planned breaks have been added to your calendar. You may also customise the new calendar's colours, name, alert settings (etc) if your calendar app allows.

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