LGBTQIA+ (Rainbow Community) Counselling

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Suzi and this community

Counselling for this group of people is fast becoming a strong interest of mine. I am passionate about working with marginalised clients, and those who may face judgement from other counselling or therapeutic services. As I move forward with my therapeutic practice, and see more clients from the LGBTQIA community, I develop a stronger understanding and compassion for what clients experience.

The acronym at the top of this page, for those who don't know, stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual/aromantic, agender, and pansexual

Hello from Suzi

To me, you are human first and foremost, and your gender or identity is secondary to your right to be treated with utmost respect. Having said that, you face some unique challenges that I can only imagine and empathise with (see my identity explanation below). I promise to work alongside you, and support you in what you are wanting to achieve. I will continue to grow my knowledge through research and talking to people who can help me understand what this community needs. 

Please have a good look around this website to get a sense of me, and how I work. Clients who have done this report that my website gives them a pretty accurate impression of me.

I am actively working on increasing my experience with the transgender, questioning, intersex and agender community. I have extensive experience with same sex couples, and with gay clients.

Celebrations and marriage/commitment equality

One day I would like to be trained and registered as a Celebrant. I will be delighted to support all couples with their celebrations, marriages and other events. In the meantime, there are some wonderful celebrants out there who are open minded, and supportive of the LGBTQIA community. 

Definitions

I gathered most of these definitions from www.urbandictionary.com. As they are mostly from one website, they are a limited way to describe what each individual may be experiencing, or how they define themselves. Each person's experience of being in this world is unique, and I value what they bring to me in the counselling room.

Lesbian

Gay

Bisexual

Transsexual

From http://www.transawareness.org/what-is-the-difference-between-transgender-and-transsexual.html.

Sometimes transsexual is used to imply that a person has or desires to have some sort of gender affirmative surgery, while transgender is sometimes used as an umbrella term in the same way that trans* is used on this website. (Cooper, 112) Like many other words, the specific meanings transgender and transsexual vary with time, location, and the individual. Before assuming that someone uses any word to identify their gender, it is respectful to ask them which words they use to identify their gender.

Transgender

Queer

Questioning

Intersex

Asexual/Aromantic

Pansexual

Demigirl

Cisgender

Suzi's identity

My partner is a man, and I have been largely heterosexual my entire life. In this context, I would be described as cisgender. I continue to work at feeling comfortable in my female body. I believe in multiple lives, and have participated in past life regressions, where I have experienced life in male bodies as well. In my five sense dreams, I experience both female-like and male-like bodies. 

Suzi's experience

As at mid May 2024, I have completed 11,242 hours working with clients. I began seeing clients in 2002. For more information on me, and the way I work, check out this page

Support and helplines with specific specialities for the rainbow community

Gayline

Gender Dynamix Aotearoa | Tauranga based, national service

Gender Minorities Aotearoa

Holding Our Own | Support group for parents of LBGTQ children

I'm Local | directory for youth to find resources across Aotearoa

InsideOUT

NZ Parents of Transgender Children

OUTline NZ

RainbowYOUTH | Help young queer & gender diverse people up to age 28

RYViD | online peer support group

24/7 Helpline | Safe to Talk | 0800 044 334 

Transgender Peer Support Service through Rainbow Youth (up to age 27)