Be: Heard. A new counselling service for trans people.
Today is World Mental Health Day, and we have chosen it to launch our new counselling service. All research shows Trans people have poorer mental health than average. Studies such as the Trans Mental Health Study (2012) revealed what many of the Trans community knew, that people were, and still are struggling in the face of structural transphobia and a society which often refuses to acknowlwdge Trans people even exist.
Further research has shown that if supported in their gender, and in navigating a cis-sexist society Trans people’s mental health outcomes improve considerably. This is especially important for gender variant young people and children.
In launching our counselling support we are also very aware that many Trans people report negative experiences of the talking therapies. It is still legal to offer conversion therapy to Trans people in the UK, and even those therapists who would never dream of overtly being transphobic have little cultural competency or experience. We aim to provide free counselling for victims of hate crimes, low cost counselling, and for those who can afford it, fee based counselling which understands the needs and experiences of Trans people.
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