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We are the UK’s largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients.
As an organisation we aim to promote high quality therapy and training services for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and others who identify as being gender or sexual diversities.
There is a whole spectrum of different gender and sexual expressions and we welcome those who are engaged in consensual, albeit transgressive sexualities who are seeking a place to understand and be understood.
These include, but are not restricted to people who identify as asexual, celibate, polyamorous, non-monogamous, or swingers and those involved in BDSM or Kink lifestyles or practices, anyone on the gender spectrum from cross dressers/transvestites, gender queer, intersex and those living with variations in sex development, androgynes, third sex/two spirit, to those living full time as transgenderists, transexuals (transmen and and transwomen).
We comprise a team of 14 Associate Therapists who all positively identify as holding a gender or sexual minority lived-experience, and our website hosts the UK’s first online Directory of Pink Therapists which lists other qualified therapists around the UK who adopt a sexuality-affirmative stance and do not see sexual or gender variation as a sickness. These other therapists are all qualified professionals, with varying degrees of experience and training in working with sexual and gender diversity clients. We cannot, however, ensure that their experience or work are equal to those of our Associate Therapists. Pink Therapy was conceived for two reasons:
first, that most therapy training organisations in the UK fail to address issues of sexual diversity sexuality in their curricula. This means that therapists (of all sexualities) leaving these programmes are often inadequately trained to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients. See our News section for more information about this.
second, that some sexual diversity therapists seem to feel their qualification to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients is simply a shared sexuality. In our view this is not sufficient, and can lead to inadequate and poor practice. All therapists working with gender and sexual diversity clients need specific training to be able to work effectively with this client group. See our Training section for more details on our professional continuing professional development workshops for therapists.
If you are considering having some counselling or therapy, we recommend you check out your prospective therapist first, we have some questions to consider asking them here. If possible see more than one therapist and then decide who you feel best to help you.
Relate counselling is open to everyone aged over 16. Whether you are married, living together, in a same-sex relationship, separated, divorced or single, our confidential service can help you to deal with your relationship difficulties. You can come on your own or with a partner. At your first session (the Initial Consultation) a counsellor will talk with you for up to one hour. If at the end of this appointment it is agreed that one of our services may be helpful, we will discuss at what times you can come on a regular basis, and when this might begin.
In counselling, individuals, couples, families or parts of families have sessions where they think through an issue or work through a problem. The counsellor is trained to help people understand themselves better, relate better to others, work things out for themselves and make decisions about what to do next. Your counsellor will help you communicate openly and honestly.
Counselling sessions usually last one hour on a weekly basis. You will see the same counsellor each week and your counselling will continue for as long as both you and the counsellor feel it is helpful.
Monday – Friday, 9am – 9pm | Saturday, 9am – 1pm
We offer a range of services:
counselling for those experiencing domestic abuse or violence
counselling for those contemplating divorce
provision of the above services to employees and clients of organizations in the public and private sector
The Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy and the Arts, a registered charity established in 1984, provides a range of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and counselling services. We are a well established Bristol based organisation with a strong commitment to providing accessible, high quality clinical services to a wide range of individuals and families. Alongside our fee paying services, we are committed to delivering accessible free counselling services for parents previously underserved by such services.
We are interested in the application of psychoanalytic thinking and we also provide a programme of conferences throughout the year. Alongside clinical work, The Bridge Foundation has developed an interest in the healthy functioning of teams, groups and organisations and offers consultancy to public and independent organisations.
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