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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.

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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 locations in and around central 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!

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.

Skype / Zoom Video Counselling

: Private Counselling over Zoom and Skype Covid-19 Tiers, National Lockdown, Self-Isolating & Shielding (January 2021): the balance of risks and rewards continue to argue against reopening my practice's Face-to-Face service. Skype / Zoom Video Counselling Services continue uneffected, however (click for Video Services @ Havant Counselling details).

My Skype/Video appointments are Mondays & Thursdays (~noon to 9pm) and Wednesdays (~noon to 4pm). Having agreed on a weekly session day/time this stays with us until we have completed our work (or there’s a need to change).

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.

Video Counselling (Skype, Zoom…)
Monday Appointments:12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm9pm
Tuesday Appointments:Not available
Wednesday Appointments:12pm1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm9pm
Thursday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Friday Appointments:Not available
Weekend Appointments:Not available

Video Counselling (Skype, Zoom…)
Tue:Not Available
Thu:Waiting List (contact me)
Fri:Not Available
W/E:Not Available
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Counselling Appointments Available

Waiting lists may be available for unlisted times.

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 50 minutes, and on the same day and time each week. 

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

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

(Unfortunately my regular-counselling-sessions approach does not accommodate shift-workers very well).

Our counselling work together continues for as long (or as brief) as we both think it's helpful… and then we'll look at bringing our work to a close.

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

Ending counselling: it can be helpful to bring up the idea of ending counselling first. Sometimes the need to end may be a mask for something else (avoiding difficult feelings, can't say something, acting out etc) and it can be helpful to distinguish, together, what ending may mean in our work. We'll talk about endings with some thought and some planning on how you might 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 15th February 2021 to Sunday 21st February 2021 (7 days).
    • Friday 2nd April 2021 to Sunday 11th April 2021 (10 days).
    • Monday 3rd May 2021 to Sunday 9th May 2021 (7 days).
    • Monday 31st May 2021 (Dean will be unavailable on Spring bank holiday (31 May)).
    • Monday 5th July 2021 to Sunday 25th July 2021 (21 days).
    • Monday 30th August 2021 to Sunday 5th September 2021 (7 days).
    • Monday 18th October 2021 to Sunday 24th October 2021 (7 days).
    • Monday 13th December 2021 to Sunday 2nd January 2022 (21 days).

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