LGBTQ+ Therapy

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Our therapists

provide specialised LGBTQ therapy using various therapeutic modalities including CBT, EMDR, Person centred counselling and other holistic therapies and support including Qi Gong, mindfulness, and coaching. Our professionals are compassionate, well-informed, and most importantly supervised for their practice. Every therapist, coach and support staff's practices is supervised by a senior supervisor and that supervisor is also supervised so rest assured the therapy and support you receive is accounted for.

All our therapists are trained in at least one modality, and we encourage the use of a formulation driven approach, so your difficulties can be understood in the context of your life.

We encourage our therapists to keep up to date with continual professional developmenton mental health issues but also other topics including race relations, gender identity, sexuality thus allowing them to work intersectionally to provide you the best LGBTQ + therapy experience.

All our therapists are Queer and allies and have much lived experience as well as knowledge, skill and experience of working with the LGBTQ+ community.

The therapy

we offer will be depenedent on what your difficulties are, any previous experience of therapy you have had and what you wish to achieve. We offer a range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Person centered counselling amongst others. Our "LGBTQ+ therapy" takes into account your LGBTQ+ identity but you determine how relavent that is to your therapeutic journey. You don't need to explain what being Queer / LGBTQ+ means, we get it. 

We aim to provide you with the most appropriate, efficient and effective therapy in the most suitable way possible. Though most of our therapy will be provided face to face online, where possible we can also offer audio/telephone, synchronised text therapy or face to face in person therapy

We understand not every therapy is suitable for every problem and not every problem is suitable for therapy. Therapy itself has limitations and where we believe alternative support would be more suitable then our service then we will aim to get you  that support else where. 

If you have any questions or would like more information about what type of therapy or therapist you may need or want then please do not hesitate to contact us and we will aim to match you with someone who will be able to support you.

I struggled with compulsive sexual isssues which interferred with my day to day life and happiness. Having therapy with Fighting Fear helped me understand how shame was causing me to overcompensate using sex to feel better. I now have a healthier relationship with sex and myself.

Sammy, Brussels (Belgium)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

looks at how your cognitions (thoughts) and behaviours (what you do) affects your body and emotions. It helps you look at patterns of behaviours and thoughts to help you break vicious cycles. It is a short term therapy with the focus on the here and now which is informed by your past. We have a number of CBT therapists including Saquib Ahmad, Simon Lyne, Camille Allison and Owen Barlow. Click on their names for more info. 

Having CBT changed my life...Fighting Fear introduced me to CBT which got me through my phobia and can live my life the way I want to without it being restricted as it was before. 

Meral, London (UK)

Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy

looks at processing distressing and dysfunctional memories to help you become desensitised to them using adaptive information you already have. EMDR uses a physiological model allowing you to lose the "sting" that comes from these traumatic memories to help you get on with your life. Though you may still remember what happened, it will not impact you in the way it did before. We have a number of EMDR therapists including Saquib Ahmad, Simon Lyne and Camille Allison. Click on their names for more info. 

Fantastic to find a LGBT friendly therapy!

Richard, Brussels (Belgium)

Person centered counselling

is a non-directive therapeutic approach where the counsellor utilises the three main principles of the person centered approach; empathic understanding: the counsellor trying to understand the client's point of view, congruence: the counsellor being a genuine person and  unconditional positive regard: the counsellor being non-judgemental with the aim to help you understand, express and move on from difficulties you are or have experienced. Bruno Conde is our person centered counsellor and he is ready to support you and offers sessions in English and Portuguese. Click here for more info. 

Fighting Fear is a resourceful community for those that identify as queer. I work with a therapist as well as attend workshops which I’ve found quite beneficial in accepting myself. Keep up the great work!

Humayun (Canada)

Art Therapy

is a non-directive therapeutic approach your therapist helps you express yourself, your emotions, feelings, thoughts and other experiences through art materials. Art therapy can be very helpful for those who struggle to express themselves in words but have feelings they want to understand and process.  You do not have to be good at art AT ALL to be able to engage meaningfull in art. Our in house Art Therapist Wafa Osman who works in English and Arabic can support you in this therapeutic process. Click here for more info. 

The Power of Therapist Matching for LGBTQ+ Individuals: Empowering Your Journey to Authenticity

Seeking therapy is a courageous step towards personal growth and mental well-being. For LGBTQ + individuals, finding a therapist who understands their unique experiences and identities can be transformative. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of therapist matching (LGBTQ+ patient with LGBTQ + therapist) and the positive impact it can have on therapy outcomes for LGBTQ+ individuals. Let's dive in!

Understanding the Importance of Therapist Matching:
The LGBTQ+ community faces distinctive challenges that can significantly impact mental health. Discrimination, prejudice, and societal pressures can contribute to feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression. Having a LGBTQ + therapist who shares similar experiences and identities can foster a safe and inclusive environment, where individuals can openly explore their thoughts and emotions without fear of judgment or misunderstanding.

Research Data on the Benefits of Therapist Matching:
Multiple studies have highlighted the positive impact of therapist matching on therapy outcomes for LGBTQ+ individuals. A study published in the Journal of Counseling Psychology found that LGBTQ individuals who worked with LGBTQ+ affirming therapists reported higher levels of self-esteem, lower levels of psychological distress, and greater satisfaction with their therapy experience. Another study published in the Journal of Homosexuality revealed that LGBTQ+ individuals who received therapy from LGBTQ+ identified therapists experienced greater improvements in mental health and well-being compared to those who did not.

The Benefits of Queer LGBTQ+ Therapists:
1. Understanding and Empathy: Queer therapists possess personal insights into the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals. They can provide a safe space where clients can freely express their concerns, fears, and aspirations, knowing they will be met with understanding and empathy.

2. Culturally Competent Care: A LGBTQ + therapist is well-versed in the specific cultural nuances and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. This knowledge allows them to tailor therapy approaches and interventions that are sensitive and relevant to the unique needs of LGBTQ+ individuals.

3. Building Trust and Rapport: Establishing trust and rapport is crucial in therapy. Working with a queer LGBTQ therapist can expedite this process, as clientsoften feel more comfortable discussing sensitive topics and exploring their identities with someone who shares similar experiences.

Motivating Individuals to Seek LGBTQ Therapy:
At Fighting Fear, we understand the significance of therapist matching for LGBTQ individuals. Our team of LGBTQ+ therapists is dedicated to providing affirming and inclusive therapy services. We strive to create a safe space where you can explore your authentic self, heal from past traumas, and build resilience for a brighter future.

Therapy is a powerful tool for personal growth and healing, and finding the right therapist is essential, especially for LGBTQ+ individuals. The benefits of therapist matching are undeniable. At Fighting Fear, we are committed to empowering LGBTQ+ individuals on their journey towards authenticity and mental well-being. Take the first step today, and let us be a part of your transformative experience.

Remember, if you have any questions or concerns about our services and how we can help you then contact us today. 

Saquib Ahmad  28/07/23

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Cancellation policy for therapy/supervision sessions

  • No shows are charged at 100% cost of the session
  • A late cancellation (less than 48hours notice to the session time) counts as a no show
  • More than 48hours cancellations can be rescheduled without charge
  • As we all have emergencies some times, as a good will gesture Fighting Fear will allow for 1 late cancellation for every 4months worth of therapy/supervision and will allow you to reschedule for free
  • No refunds provided for sessions, however paid sessions can be transferred to another person or go towards attendance to a Fighting Fear event (see Community tab for more info on events)
  • If payment is not made within 72 hours (3days) prior to the booked session it will be cancelled by the therapist