We are the UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual minority clients. As an organisation we aim to promote high quality therapy and training services for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and others who identify as being sexual minorities.
We comprise a team of 11 Associate Therapists who all positively identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and this also website hosts the UK's first online Directory of Pink Therapists which lists other qualified therapists around the UK who adopt a sexuality-affirmative stance and do not see sexual or gender variation as a sickness. These other therapists are all qualified professionals, with varying degrees of experience and training in working with sexual and gender minority clients. We cannot, however, ensure that their experience or work are equal to those of our Associate Therapists.
Pink Therapy was conceived for two reasons:
- first, that most therapy training organisations in the UK fail to address issues of sexual minority sexuality in their curricula. This means that therapists (of all sexualities) leaving these programmes are often inadequately trained to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients. See our News section for more information about this.
- second, that some sexual minority therapists seem to feel their qualification to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients is simply a shared sexuality. In our view this is not sufficient, and can lead to inadequate and poor practice. All therapists working with gender and sexual minority clients need specific training to be able to work effectively with this client group. See our Training section for more details on our professional continuing professional development workshops for therapists
If you are considering having some counselling or therapy, we recommend you check out your prospective therapist first, we have some questions to consider asking them here. If possible see more than one therapist and then decide who you feel best to help you.
Pink Therapy is committed to offering high quality therapy and training from qualified and highly experienced therapists. Our Therapists have many years' experience of working with sexual minority clients and are often involved in teaching and training other therapists on these issues, in this country and abroad. Most of us have contributed to the growing body of literature about sexual minority therapy through publishing our own research or ideas. Specifically, a number of us have contributed chapters to three volumes of Pink Therapy which are the leading British textbooks on working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender clients published by Open University Press/McGraw-Hill.
To go to the PINK THERAPY web site please click on this link