Inclusiveness as a Core Value

LGBT-Services-Counselling-Therapy-Yarra-Valley

YVP is proud to embrace inclusiveness as a core value. We serve the diverse needs of the LGBTI community across Melbourne and Eastern Victoria. We have a number of mental health professionals who are knowledgeable and experienced in working with the LGBTI community.

We recognise that while lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI individuals seek therapy for the exact same issues, problems and concerns as anyone else, they are also affected by having to live in a homophobic and trans phobic world. In order for the LGBTI individual to have a positive and beneficial experience of therapy it’s essential that them and their psychologist have a close understanding of the concerns presented inside the context of homophobia and trans phobia.

LGBTI culturally competent therapists understand that you consist of much more than simply your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Therefore we recognise that there are reasons other than sexual orientation and/or gender identity that lead individuals to seek counselling. Nonetheless, YVP psychologists “get” the complex ways in which societal prejudice and discrimination produce issues that LGBTI clients may seek to address in counselling.

Our psychologists also provide assistance to family members who need to understand these complexities and adjust to their family member identity.

Our trained psychologists work with the following issues:

  • Depression and anxiety related to isolation, discrimination and shame.
  • Coming out: Support in deciding on who to tell and how to tell them.
  • How to cope with being outed.
  • LGBTI trauma and homophobia/trans phobia – Support to deal with bullying and abuse in the workplace/school or abuse at home.
  • Counselling and Support for family and friends of people who are LGBTI

Contact YVP using the handy Quick Contact Form alongside to discuss your needs and we will match you with a psychologist best suited to help you. Your call will be handled with respect to your privacy and confidentiality.