Gender, sexual and relationship diversity (GSRD/LGBT+) counselling

The historical medicalisation and pathologisation of homosexuality by the World Health Organisation has resulted in both therapists and clients holding negative views around sexual and gender identity difference. Sadly, gender, sexual and relationship diverse (LGBTQIA) individuals are still often judged through a heteronormative lens of what is and isn’t ‘normal’. People who question, wish to align their gender, announce a sexuality other than heterosexuality, be in openly non-monogamous relationships, or those who wish to engage in consensual BDSM/Kink relationships, often find themselves the target of prejudice, or even diagnosed as having some sort of mental illness.

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Living with the stigma and oppression that often comes with being gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, or non-binary gender, can generate immense psychological pressures.


Anyone with a diverse gender identity and/or sexual identity may wish to work through difficulties relating to gender (including gender dysphoria), sexual or relationship diversity to help accept your own identity and find ways to deal with the prejudices and unfairness experienced from society. Know that however you identify, you will be honoured and respected by your therapist and that they will have some understanding of the social context in which you live your life.

If you wish to speak to someone about the societal or personal problems you may face but cannot find someone near to where you live or work, you may want to consider someone at our practice who works online via VSee or Zoom (both GDPR compliant). We all work to BACP or equivalence ethical standards.


We work with all gender, sexual and relationship identities including Androgyne, Asexual, Bisexual, Celibate, Different sexual development, Dresser, Gay, Gender Fluid, Gender Neutral, Heterosexual, Intersex, Kink/BDSM/chemsex, Lesbian, Non-binary, Pansexual, Polyamorous, Queer, Questioning, Trans male, Trans female, Transgender, Transmasculine, Transvestite.

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If you would like to discuss the possibility of counselling with one of the team, please make contact. Contact our therapists directly via the Associates page or via Luan Baines-Ball. Contact or call 07581 793 223 for further details. We all work from the same Leicester city centre address. Online sessions can be provided.

Baines-Ball & Associates: Counselling and Psychotherapy in Leicester