Let down by the mental health system?
The increasingly widely-used expression ‘Gender and Sexual Diversities’ (GSD) – which is now updated to ‘Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversities’ (GSRD) – represents quite a large number of people of diverse sexualities, genders, orientations and lifestyles, including (but not confined to) those who are queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, pansexual, nonbinary, polyamorous/non-monogamous, kinky (into BDSM), and sex workers. GSRD also represents people who are exploring themselves, and whose identities are still evolving.
If you identify as queer, or your identity falls anywhere under the GSRD umbrella, you may not always have been well served by psychotherapy or the mental health system. Many schools of therapeutic/analytic thought seek to pathologise identities and lifestyles that diverge from a very specific norm.
And while there are, for example, a number of therapy services, and therapists, that work with LGBT people, there are far fewer organisations who work with heterosexuals who are also kinky or polyamorous.
A safe space to be yourself
I work with clients from a number of different communities, as well as those who don’t feel themselves to be part of any scene.
I can offer you a non-judgmental space to bring whatever you need to, whether it relates to your identity/lifestyle or not.
- For some of my published work on this subject, and others, please go here.
- For seminar videos from Pink Therapy’s conference on alternative sexualities, go here.