LGF counselling service

The LGF has been providing a counselling service to the LGBT community of the North West for well over a decade. We presently offer traditional talking therapy, relationship therapy and creative therapy.

We have a large team of volunteer counsellors and currently offer counselling to individuals between 10am to 8pm (last appointment) Monday to Friday. Please note counselling is currently not available on Thursday between  3pm and 7pm.

Our Face-to-Face counselling service offers short term counselling of between six to twelve sessions.

Our counselling service has a revolving door policy so clients can undertake a period of counselling, and are able to return at a later date (a minimum of 3 months) for further counselling should the need arise.

We offer counselling to all people regardless of their ability to pay and will agree a fee with you at your counselling assessment. We currently offer FREE counselling to people under the age of 25, people seeking asylum with no recourse to public monies, and to male survivors of sexual abuse, rape or domestic abuse.

People of all ages consider counselling for a variety of reasons such as coming out, struggling to accept their sexuality, experiencing problems in their relationship or feeling anxious or depressed.

If you feel you might benefit from counselling please refer yourself to our Face-to-Face counselling service by downloading, completing and returning the Application for Counselling (word) via email to counselling@lgf.org.uk or by FREEPOST.

If you do not have access to a printer we can post a form out to you. Please email your name and address to counselling@lgf.org.uk.

If you have a question about our counselling service please check our FAQ or email counselling@lgf.org.uk

Telephone Counselling at the LGF

We now offer Telephone Counselling for those aged between 14 and 25 who live in the North West. This is a free service and you will be offered 8 sessions lasting 40 minutes each with a qualified counsellor, these are likely to take place weekly at a time that suits you.

This service is ideal for anyone who is unable to come to the LGF for face-to-face counselling or those who would feel more comfortable accessing the service over the phone. For more information, please contact us on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email counselling@lgf.org.uk. Alternatively you can apply by downloading, completing and returning the Application for Telephone Counselling form (pdf) / the Application for Telephone Counselling (word) via email to counselling@lgf.org.uk or by FREEPOST.

Relationship Counselling at the LGF

We have two female and one male therapist who offer relationship therapy. To apply please fill in the Application for Counselling Form making it clear you are seeking relationship therapy. Please note the waiting time for this service is presently over 3 months.

A relationship counsellor will contact you to arrange the first meeting which is an assessment session. People may find counselling useful to help resolve issues that have arisen in their relationship; but may also find it useful if they have reached a point of irretrievable breakdown and want to use the counselling sessions to help bring their relationship to a respectful end.

Creative Therapies at the LGF

We are able to offer LGF counselling clients the opportunity to work with an Art therapist or a Dramatherapist. Creative therapies can be particularly helpful to people who find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings verbally. However, this does not exclude people who are able to express their thoughts and feelings but want to work in a more creative way.

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. Clients spend part of the therapy session creating an image and part of the session exploring the image with their Art therapist. Clients need have no previous experience or skill in art. The overall aim of Art Therapy is to enable a client to effect change and personal growth through the use of art materials within a safe and facilitating environment. Art therapy offers the opportunity for expression and communication through the art form and can be particularly helpful to people who find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings verbally.

Dramatherapy uses play, myth, storytelling, improvisation, music, art and movement. The therapy session offers a safe, secure and confidential space in which you may explore and make sense of your experiences. Dramatherapy seeks to provide clients with the opportunity to explore different solutions to difficult life experiences and can support clients in considering and making change. You do not need any previous experience of drama or the arts to take part. The aim isn't to perform or be put on the spot but to work with the therapeutic aspects of drama at your own pace and with your own potential.

For more information on Art Therapy or Dramatherapy please see the following websites:

The British Association of Art therapists www.baat.org.uk

The British Association of Dramatherapists badth.org.uk

The Sesame Institute UK www.sesame-institute.org

You will be asked at your counselling assessment if you are interested in working with an Art therapist or Dramatherapist or you can make your interest clear on your application for counselling form.