LGBTQI+ Professionals

LGBTQI+ Professionals

Whilst members of the LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Intersex) community face similar mental health challenges to the broader Australian community, they may also face unique challenges in the workplace and their personal lives. Although significant progress has been made to create diverse, inclusive and welcoming spaces, there are still barriers that affect the personal and professional lives of LGBTQI+ individuals.

Understanding and embracing your gender or sexual identity is a deeply personal journey. The process of coming out can feel daunting. Coming out is not a singular event but a continuing journey, with its ups and downs across different phases of life. The desire to belong or fit in is something we all experience. For those with diverse genders or sexualities the yearning to be their true selves, may at times come into conflict with their desire to fit in and be accepted. Sadly, the shadow of losing friends and family, negative impacts to career, and experiences of discrimination can all lead to feelings of anxiety about the coming out process.

Those with diverse sexualties and genders may experience a range of unique challenges both at home and at work. These may include:

  • Loss or deterioration of relationships
  • Discrimination and prejudice
  • Anxiety about being their authentic selves
  • Lack of inclusive policies and practices at work
  • Navigating the coming out process
  • Negotiating different relationship structures

Yet, within all of these challenges often lie aspirations of self-acceptance, confidence, and building meaningful relationships.

Being a part of the LGBTQI+ community myself, I have a deep understanding of the unique mental health challenges. I provide a compassionate, non-judgmental, safe space where you are accepted and celebrated for who you are. It’s also important to find a psychologist who is right for you, and you feel you can connect with. I offer free 15 minute online consultations, giving us an opportunity to meet, and see if we’re the right fit for each other before you decide to book an appointment.