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 LGBTQIA+
- 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, Bisexual, Transgender*, Queer, Intersex and Asexual/Aromatic** (LGBTQIA+) person in South Africa, can be very challenging in our cisheteronormative (the assumption that everyone is cisgender and heterosexual, and thus the norm) society. Dealing with personal, familial or societal perceptions of LGBTQIA+ people can be difficult.
I do counselling with many LGBTQIA+ people. Sometimes this counselling is about the problems society creates and perpetuates for LGBTQIA+ people. More often then not, being LGBTQIA+ 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 provide 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.
** Asexual and Aromantic people may not experience the typical sexual or romantic attraction society expects everyone to feel. This can sometimes be an isolating experience, especially when navigating relationships where partnered romance or sexual activities are not high priorities for you.