The Lothian LGBT Counselling Service will address the acute mental health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through a therapeutic programme to tackle issues such as depression, anxiety, poor self-esteem and self harming behaviour and enable individuals to better fulfil their potential. The Service will deliver:
•Counselling: tailored one-to-one therapeutic support
•Therapy Groups: mental health support in facilitated group setting
•Therapeutic Workshops: to address specific mental health issues.
This two-year Counselling Service will provide one-to-one and/or group support to around 460 individuals. The Service will largely be delivered by volunteer counsellors who will receive comprehensive training, to enable them to provide a culturally sensitive service, as well as external clinical supervision.