COUNSELLING

Free and confidential counselling for people who identify as trans, non-binary or are questioning their gender identity.

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Trans, non-binary or are questioning their gender identity

SPECTRA’S TRANS COUNSELLING SERVICE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR NEW REFERRALS

Unfortunately, due to high demand and significantly longer wait times, we have made the difficult decision to close the trans counselling referral pathway until further notice.

We are working towards securing the resources that will allow us to increase capacity in order to meet the needs of all individuals who engage with Spectra’s services.

We are committed to ensuring that this service continues to deliver high-quality, peer-led support and does so in such a way that is both sustainable and robust.

Clients who have already completed a registration form remain on the waiting list and will be contacted as soon as possible.

We look forward to updating you soon.

 

Free and confidential counselling for people who identify as trans, non-binary or are questioning their gender identity and are based in London.

Our trans counselling service is free, confidential, and run by counsellors identifying under the LGBTQ+ umbrella. Although we are a service for people who identify as trans, non-binary or questioning, the reason for coming to counselling can be absolutely anything and does not have to revolve solely around your gender identity. The service exists to provide a safe space for people who may find it difficult or daunting to access counselling from other services.

Once we have received your registration form you will be invited for an initial conversation to determine whether counselling with us is the right fit for you at the moment. Following this you may be offered up to 12 sessions of weekly one to one counselling, which will usually be at the same time and day each week.

Unfortunately, we are currently only able to provide counselling to individuals based in the greater London area. Those living elsewhere in the UK are welcome to access Spectra’s Peer Groups.

If you would like to find out more about this service,  please email counselling@spectra-london.org.uk for more information.

If you’re 18 or under you can access young person counselling within our UNI-T Project and you refer via the following pathway: Referral Form.

Spectra’s Trans Art Therapy Groups
Registration OPEN!

If you are interested in group therapy, Spectra’s Trans Art Therapy Groups are open for regitrations. We welcome applications from all eligible people who live or work in London.

Trans Art Therapy Groups

 

Other services

You can also consider accessing Spectra’s other trans services, such as Peer Mentoring, Social Groups and Health Advocacy . Our LGBTQ Youth Counselling accept new registrations for those who are 13-18 years old and based in London. More infomration can be found here.

You can also find two documents below, comprising a list of alternative options for other free and/or low-cost counselling and psychotherapy, and a separate resource pack with alternative sources of wellbeing support such as helplines, online forums and peer-support.

Unfortunately, Spectra isn’t able to offer immediate or crisis support. If you fear you may be at risk of seriously harming yourself or another person, please contact your GP or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital which is accessible 24 hours per day.

 

Helplines and Listening Services provided by others

  • LGBTQ+Switchboard LGBT+ helpline for more than 45 years. Open daily 10am-10pm. Call 0300 330 0630.
  • Gendered Intelligence Support Line- Mon/Tues/Thurs 2-7pm/Wed/Friday 10-3pm 0330 3559678Text/Whatsapp: 07592 650 496. supportline@genderedintelligence.co.uk.
  • Mindline Trans+ support line for trans, non-binary or gender variant, and their families, friends, colleagues and carers. The phone line is open Mondays and Fridays 8pm to midnight. Phone: 0300 330 5468.
  • Give Us a Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help. Text Shout to 85258.

A free, accessible service for trans people who live, work or socialise in the Greater London area.

Face-to-face counselling is available from our wheelchair-accessible offices in Ladbroke Grove. Online and telephone counselling is also offered. We are also offering occasional wellbeing workshops on a variety of issues for people of trans experience. For more information, please email counselling@spectra-london.org.uk or call 020 3322 6923, or click the link below to apply.

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