General counselling deals with everyday stresses from all sorts of activities in our day to day lives.
General counselling can assist with things like:
- Anger Management
- Stress Management
- Mild Depression
- Mild Anxiety
- Dealing with a break-up
- Loss of a loved one
- Dealing with the emotions of coming out as LGBTI
- Hearing that someone you know and love was raped
- Any other life issues that have a negative effect on one’s mental and emotional well-being
Being a Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual (LGB) person in South Africa, can be very challenging in our heteronormative (the assumption that everyone is heterosexual, and thus the norm) society. Dealing with personal, familial or societal perceptions of LGB can be difficult. I do counselling with many LGB people, sometimes this counselling is about the problems society creates and perpetuates for LGB people. More often then not, being LGB is not the focus of the counselling, but rather just something we unpack when the client wants to, and counselling deals with the general difficulties of living in this world.
People who are transgender or intersex have their own unique challenges which the LGB community may be sympathetic about, but may not quite understand. I give counselling to trans and intersex people who want to work through the same stuff that everyone else does, or issues related to being trans or intersex, without having to explain this aspect of their identity to the counsellor.
*Being transgender means that the gender assigned at birth does not match how the person identifies with gender. In my practice, I provide counselling for both binary and nonbinary trans people, as well as gender nonconforming people.