Pink Therapy is the UK’s largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual minority clients, promoting high quality therapy and training services for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and others who identify as being gender or sexual minorities. We comprise a team of twelve Associate Therapists who all positively identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, and this also website hosts the UK’s first online Directory of Pink Therapists which lists other qualified therapists around the UK who adopt a sexuality-affirmative stance and do not see sexual or gender variation as a sickness. Although we help members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered, as most therapists, we realise not everybody defines as one of these. Pink Therapy is the first of it’s kind to include heterosexual cross-dressers, androgynous persons, the intersexed, asexual patients, BDSM and kink clientele, those in the polyamourous community, and others.
This type of service is hardly available in parts of the world with little or no acceptance of the LBGT community. For this reason, Pink Therapy hosts its highly regarded International Summer School, in July this year, allowing LGBT therapists working in poorer countries around the world to come to London and study. Therapists in Croatia, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Greece, and Colombia who are working with LGBT people but who receive little or no fees for their time, and who can’t afford the fares, accommodation and course fees to travel to London for the Summer School have already contacted Pink Therapy about the course.
Most of these therapists work in countries where there isn’t even a gay switchboard/helpline let alone any other of the LGBT support infrastructure. They, like most therapists here in the UK, have little if any formal training in working with gender and sexual minority clients, but unlike British LGBT therapists, they are generally working in isolation with very little collegial and knowledgable supervisory support.
Last year, the Summer School attracted people from Singapore, Thailand, Denmark, Ireland and Scotland, and was an extraordinarily powerful learning experience for everyone involved with it. For a number of the participants, it really changed their lives. We’re hoping this year to build on this and want to be able to welcome people who are working in some of the toughest places to be out as LGB or T.
To make it possible for these therapists to attend the school, Pink Therapy established the International Scholarship Fund, administered by the well respected charity, London Friend, as they can also claim Gift Aid on donations, thus maximising the donation. Pink Therapy is also raising money through an art auction, Dining With the Stars evening, invitation-only cocktail parties and dinners, and other events.
For further information on the International Summer School, the International Scholarship Fund, bidding in the Art Auction or Dining With the Stars, or other items mentioned, please visit the Pink Therapy website at: http://www.PinkTherapy.co.uk
For information on how you can donate your work to the art auction, or if you are a public figure willing to donate an evening for the celebrity dinner auction, contact
DosMaridosUk@gmail.com with ‘Pink Therapy’ in the subject line.
We really have so many benefits from living here in Britain where our civil rights are protected. Whilst this isn’t by any means a perfect place to be a gender or sexual minority, Pink Therapy knows it is worse elsewhere in the world, and tries to make a difference by helping them find skilled therapists.