Talking Therapies Southwark, based at the Maudsley Hospital in Denmark Hill, will soon be offering a CBT-based group intervention for people who identify as LGBQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Queer; people with other sexual minority identities such as pansexual are also welcome).
The group is designed to be a safe space for LGBQ people experiencing stress / anxiety / depression to learn about cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches to dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression. It will be facilitated by a male and female psychologist who are both LGBQ themselves.
Although we will be discussing some of the stresses that can relate to LGBQ sexual orientation, it will also be suitable for people who identify as LGBQ but who do not feel that their sexual orientation has any relationship with their current problems. The specific needs of transgender people will not be addressed in this group but transgender (or other gender minority) service-users are very welcome to attend if they also have a sexual minority identity such as LGBQ.
The group will run for 8 consecutive weekly sessions from 2nd May to 20th June 2017 at the Maudsley and will take place from 5.30-7 pm.
In order to access this group people will have to be registered with a GP in Southwark, identify as LGBQ+, and be experiencing some symptoms of stress, anxiety and/or depression. Unfortunately our service does not accept referrals for people who are experiencing more severe mental health problems (e.g., psychosis or bipolar disorder) or people who are struggling with significant alcohol or drug use.
If you would like to attend this group please contact Dr David Hambrook on: firstname.lastname@example.org, clinical psychologist and one of the group facilitators, and he will arrange a short telephone call with you to discuss whether the group is the right fit for you and provide you with more details about what it will involve.