Counselling for LGBT/Q.

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When you’d like to work with a counsellor who specialises in LGBT/Q  (lesbian, gay, bisexual , transgender & queer/questioning) & GSRD (gender, sexual & relationship diversities) counselling, it doesn’t matter if your difficulties are specifically sexuality-related (straight, questioning, gay, lesbian, bi, curious, unsure), or if you’re secure in your sexuality but just want to talk over some difficulties with someone who you’d recognise as a close ally.

Dean Richardson MNCS(Accredited Registrant) would be that ally.

A majority of British Professional Membership Bodies frown upon any member who declines to work with anyone within the LGBT community. And yet some counsellors still do (citing religious beliefs etc).

Dean Richardson is the Havant counsellor with a speciality of working in counselling for lesbian, gay, bisexual, straight/questioning and relationship-diverse people.

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Havant Counselling Dean Richardson

LGBT/Q Counselling Summary.

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 heteronormative counsellor’s service. 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 Relationship Counselling

Counselling for same-sex marriages, civil-partnerships and adult couples. Dean Richardson fully-qualified and experienced in working with couples in counselling. He builds upon his post-graduate qualifications by researching the specific needs of gay and lesbian intimate partners. LGBT Couple Counselling for two 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 within Havant, LGBT/Q individuals, couples and groups find working with Dean’s approach to counselling helpful and effective.

Private counselling services serving 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!

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Questions about Sexuality?

Whether you’re straight… gay… lesbian… or simply not sure about what’s going on with your sexuality (“questioning”), working with Dean Richardson means that sexuality can be at the core of your counselling, or just as valid it doesn’t have to be at the core. When you need more than just an ally, especially when some counsellors will decline to work with lesbian and gay clients (*cough* religious reasons *cough*), Dean Richardson is an actual gay counsellor focusing on working with real people who struggle with real sexuality.

Spot the difference?!

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:-

  • 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).

  • Repressed sexuality

     whether homosexuality, heterosexuality or bisexuality, when you want to explore what life might be like without such repression.

  • Gay, lesbian and bisexual people

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

  • Heterosexual attraction

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

  • Transgender people

     who were unsure where their sexuality may lie as they transitioned.

  • Chemsex

     gay men enhancing their sexual experiences through the use of recreational drugs.

  • Straight men

     worried about having become attracted (sexually or intimately) to other men/another man.

  • Lesbian couples

     who thought their relationship was coming to an end due to emotional and/or sexual difficulties, who needed to (re-)explore their relationship due to loss, or who needed to re-contract their relationship on better understanding of one another, etc.

  • Internalised homophobia

     when fear or hatred of same-sex relationships or sex is turned upon ones self.

  • Body Image

     men and women who identify difficulties with their body image or shape; who you feel you relate to intimately and sexually.

  • Gay Step families

     who struggled with step-family problems, with emotional commitment to one-another, with infidelity (whether or not their partner agreed the behaviour was infidelity), with “who is going to propose to whom”, etc.

LGBT Counsellor Dean Richardson

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.

LGBT/Q Counselling Fees.

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!

Counselling Appointments.

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I offer counselling sessions from 1pm until 9pm (Monday through Friday). After you've chosen an appointment day and time this will stay with you until the end of our work. Sessions are (at a minimum) weekly and of 50 minutes. If you're beginning counselling for the first time, you may choose your preferred session day(s) and time(s) from the following table:-

Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
Monday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)
Tuesday Appointments:Not available
Wednesday Appointments:1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
Thursday Appointments:1pm2pm3pm4pm5pm6pm7pm8pm
Friday Appointments:Not available
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
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Tuesday Appointments:Waiting list (contact me to discuss)

Couples & Individuals (Havant, Hampshire)
Mon:Waiting List (contact me)
Tue:Not Available
Wed:1pm or 3pm
Thu:6pm or 7pm
Fri:Not Available
Groups (Waterlooville, Hampshire)
Tue:Waiting List (contact me)

Waiting lists may be available for unlisted times.

Times in red are the most popular, and usually the first to go.

Counselling sessions are (at a minimum) weekly and on the same day and time each week.

Optionally, you may wish to come more than once a week and you can even come for longer than 50 minutes (by prior arrangement).

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

Fees are due on the day of the session (cash, cheque [made out to Dean Richardson], credit & debit cards).

Ending counselling: rather than one day saying "I'm ending counselling today" it is 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 loss 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.

Planned Breaks.

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

  • Monday 15th July 2019 to Sunday 4th August 2019 (21 days).
  • Monday 26th August 2019.
  • Monday 16th September 2019 to Sunday 22nd September 2019 (7 days).
  • Monday 28th October 2019 to Sunday 3rd November 2019 (7 days).
  • Monday 16th December 2019 to Thursday 2nd January 2020 (18 days).

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