MESSAGE FROM OUR TRUSTEES – COUNSELLING SERVICE TO CLOSE
After 22 years and having supported hundreds of individuals within the LGBT+ community the Trustees of Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard have made the difficult decision to close the counselling service.
If you are looking for a counsellor the following counsellors offer services to LGBT clients:
Brighton LGBT Counselling
Low cost, open ended counselling from an LGBT counsellor
As you are
Low cost counselling service
Up to 24 sessions
Counselling for men who have been sexually abused
The Womens Centre
Low cost, short term counselling
The Rock Clinic
Sliding scale fees
An LGBT identified counsellor can be requested
Brighton + Hove LGBT Switchboard does not accept responsibility for the work of these counsellors/therapists listed below. We provide this list as information and encourage you to assess the suitability of the counsellor/organisation prior to beginning counselling. For more counsellors you can refer to the counselling directory www.counselling-directory.org.uk
Dawn Draper, our Chair said, “This has been a very difficult decision for the Trustees to make. The service is highly valued, with referrals regularly exceeding our capacity, so it is clear the community continues to value LGBT+ specific counselling. However recent funding cuts required us to review the service and concluded that we are no longer the right organisation to provide these services going forward. We will be approaching other local counselling organisations to find a continuing place for our network of skilled LGBT+ counsellors, and for those clients we have yet to be able to support.
Our CEO Daniel Cheesman said: “We are sad to see the counselling service close, and we would like to say thank you to all of our counsellors past and present, who have volunteered their time to support hundreds of individuals. We would also like to acknowledge those who have supported the counselling service over the last 22 years including those who have funded the project as well as supported and promoted it.
“Looking forward, we will be reviewing and refocusing on Switchboard’s core services. Our role to listen, connect and support is as important as ever, and we have exciting plans to develop services including our helpline, our online presence and our community engagement work, including the Health & Inclusion Project (HIP) and the Older Person’s Project, in ways that will ensure we maximise our reach and benefit for the LGBT+ communities of Brighton & Hove.”
“Any referrals to the counselling service dated after the 1st April will not be taken, but all current counselling clients will have their counselling sessions completed meaning that the service will finally close in June 2017. During that time, Switchboard will be working with other counselling providers in the area to identify possible opportunities for the trained LGBT+ counsellors in our existing network, and for the continued provision of LGBT+ specific counselling in Brighton & Hove.”
If you need to speak to someone for support you can call the Help Line on 01273 204050 5pm to 9pm weekdays and 5pm to 7pm on weekends.