Along with my generic counselling practice I also specialise in working with transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming identities. I focus on providing individual and couple counselling services; I also working with young people and family members.
I have been providing support to transgender, transsexual and gender variant people since 2007. I value the uniqueness of the individual, and fully respect the spectrum of possible life paths. My counselling supports people who have confusion around their gender identity. I assist people in finding their own unique way forward, to a more comfortable and fulfilling life. I care deeply about the wellbeing of anyone affected by gender dysphoria, and I have a great interest and passion in working within this field.
Qualifications & Experience to assist me in this specialist work:
*Diploma in Transgender Studies - 2011 (A* Distinction) I am the only practicing Counselling in Northern Ireland to have gained this qualification.
*Founder of ‘Gender Essence Support Services’ and Project Manager from 2007 – 2013. At present I am a sessional senior counsellor.
*Member and Trustee of ‘Belfast Butterfly Club’
*Member of G.I.R.E.S - The Gender Identity Research & Education Society
*Member of L.G.B.T Counselling Forum (Northern Ireland).
*Designed & delivered Transgender Awareness Training to various voluntary and community groups.
*Research conducted in Northern Ireland on ‘Counsellors Training on Transgender Issues’, as part of my training ‘BSc Professional Development in Counselling’.
* One to one therapeutic support to all aspects of the gender spectrum within a counselling framework, transgender identities, transsexualism, transvestism, dual role transvestism, and other associated gender identities.
* Gender counselling sessions via telephone / Skype (for Gender Counselling only).
* Supervision for Counsellors working with Transgender clients.
“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” ~ Zen Shin
*Please be aware that counsellors based in the UK are unable to prescribe or provide surgical referral. These services are accessed through specialist medical practitioners within the NHS or private sector.