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How counselling can help

Talking and thinking about issues and difficulties you have can help bring about and effect change and enhance wellbeing. Counselling can help with many of the issues that affect the LGBT community, including the exploration of sexual orientation and gender identity, destructive behaviour with alcohol and drugs, relationship issues with family and partners, depression, loneliness and lack of self-worth.

Counselling at LGBT Switchboard

  • We offer face to face counselling with fully qualified counsellors and counsellors working towards qualification/accreditation. All of them are volunteers.
  • All our counsellors identify as LGBT.
  • All our counsellors and supervisors work within the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) code of ethics, or an equivalent professional body.

Low cost counselling

  • The payment we ask you to make for counselling goes towards the running costs of the service, such as professional clinical supervision for the counsellors and our costs of service. We ask that you pay as much as you are able so other people in need can benefit from this service, but the exact amount you pay will be calculated on a sliding scale.

The next step

You can call us onĀ  01273 234009 and we can arrange to send a counselling application form to you by post or you can download one here and either post it back or email it to our Support Services Manager, Katie:


Our address is LGBT Switchboard Community Base 113 Queens Rd Brighton BN1 3XG

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.