Sexual and Gender Diversity

Sexual and Gender identity and expression are at the heart of physical and mental wellbeing. The journey to discover and accept our way of living sexuality and gender is unique to each individual.

Many people consider gender and sexuality to be almost the same thing, and this is sign of a heteronormative society in which we make the following assumptions

  1. that a person with a male body

    • likes to dress up like a man

    • considers themselves a man

    • adheres to the behaviour men have

    • is attracted to women

    • wants to have a monogamous relationship

  2. that a person with a female body

    • likes to dress up like a woman

    • considers themselves a woman

    • adheres to the behaviour women have

    • is attracted to men

    • wants to have a monogamous relationship

If you are interested in gender fluidity, please read my article here: Gender Fluidity and Mental Health.

We are classified based on the body we have, and each time we do not tick any of these boxes, we are vulnerable to shame, discrimination, bullying, but also legal prosecution, harm and abuse. These areas are rarely explored by psychotherapy and counselling training and all different brands of psychotherapies (with the exception of Gestalt Psychotherapy) were founded by white heterosexual men. It is crucial that a therapist has extensive training and has developed enough knowledge of how these issues affect mental health.