Counselling FAQ

If you are considering counselling there's a whole load of questions that may be on the tip of your tongue. So we have pulled together the most frequently asked questions about our counselling service.

Can I refer myself?

Yes, to refer yourself please fill in an application for counselling and send it to us either via post or e-mail. 

How much does the counselling cost?

We are currently able to offer free counselling so there will be no fee charged to you. 

What kind of counselling does LGF offer?

We are currently able to offer either individual or couples counselling. All of our counsellors offer gay affirmative therapy and will work from the position that there is nothing inherently wrong with being LGBT.

What happens once I have made initial contact?

1.We will be in touch once we have received your application, to provide more details on the next steps and waiting times and to book an appointment for an Intake Service Assessment. 

2.Following your Intake Service Assessment you will get referred to our counselling service, should we not be the best service for you we will signpost/refer you to the most appropriate agency/service. 

3.Once you have been referred to the counselling service we will contact you to book in an initial Counselling Assessment meeting, once you have moved towards the top of the waiting list (please note: this process can take up to 12 weeks from the date of receipt of your original application). This meeting is an opportunity for us to further discuss the issues you need support around and gain a better understand of how we can support you. 

If we agree that counselling would be beneficial to you, then we will agree on a number of sessions and assign you to one of our counsellors.

How much choice will I have regarding the counsellor I see?

We aim to give as much choice as possible however the more specific your requirements regarding counsellor gender and the times you are free to see a counsellor the longer you will have to wait for an appointment for counselling.

How many sessions will I be offered?

If we agree that counselling would be beneficial to you, then we will agree on a number of sessions and assign you to one of our counsellors.

Do I have to tell my counsellor everything about myself?

No. You would only be expected to disclose what you are comfortable talking about or what is relevant to your counselling sessions. More details on our confidentiality policy will be given to you once you apply for counselling. 

Can I have counselling in the evenings and at weekends?

We currently offer counselling Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm. Counselling is not available on a Wednesday between 10.00am and 4.00pm . We do not currently offer counselling at weekends. 

Where does the counselling take place?

The counselling will take place in one of our five counselling rooms here at the LGF, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF .

Can I get counselling in another language?

We might be able to provide counselling in a different language or be able to signpost you to a service that does. Please contact us with your request details.

Am I too young to use your counselling service?

At the moment we offer counselling to individuals age 14 years and upwards.

Do I have to stop using drugs or alcohol before I come to see a counsellor?

No. If you are concerned about your alcohol or other drug use you can see a counsellor. However, we would not work with you if you were substance affected at a counselling session (i.e. stoned or drunk). Your counsellor would terminate the session and reschedule for the following week. 

Is the counselling confidential?

Yes. The Face to Face counselling service abides by and adheres to the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy code of conduct. Counsellors have regular supervision and your case may be discussed there. Confidentiality will be broken if you disclose intent of harming yourself or others (including children) or if you disclose intent of committing a serious criminal offence.