There are times when we all need someone to talk to.
Counselling can help you to make sense of your feelings, especially if you’re feeling unhappy or unsure of what to do. A group can help with these things too but can also just give you the feeling that there are other people who will understand your situation.
If you decide you want to see a counsellor, it might be important to ask them some questions on their awareness of trans people. Not all counsellors are aware - this doesn’t mean they will not be able to support you or explore your feelings and concerns. However, it can also be useful to have a therapeutic relationship with a counsellor who ‘gets it’ and who you are not having to ‘educate’ in the sessions.
Whatever stage of your transition the following organisations can help:
a:gender is the support network for staff in government departments and agencies who have changed or need to change permanently their perceived gender, or who identify as intersex.
The Beaumont Society is a national self help body run by and for those who cross-dress or are trans.
The Beaumont Trust operates a helpline and has resources to support people with gender identity problems or problems arising from cross dressing. They also support professionals working in the field of gender dysphoria.
cliniQ Dean Street Soho is a sexual health and wellbeing clinic for all trans people and their partners, family and friends.
Depend offer free, confidential and non-judgemental advice, information and
support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of trans people in the UK.
Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) provides a range of medical and social information for trans people, including guides to lower surgery and hormone treatment.
Gender Trust provides information and a membership scheme for trans people.
Gendys Network is for anyone who has encountered gender identity problems.
Gendered Intelligence work with young trans people under the age of 25.
Mermaids provide family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues.
Press For Change provides legal advice, training, and research to trans people, their representatives and public and private bodies.
The Scottish Transgender Alliance aims to improve the lives and experiences of all trans people living in Scotland.
The Sibyls is a UK-based confidential Christian spirituality group for trans people and their supporters. They offer companionship along the journey and information and advocacy to churches.
TransEquality can advise you on human rights law relating to trans issues.
TranzWiki Net attempts to be a comprehensive directory of the groups campaigning for, supporting or assisting trans people across the UK, and has been developed by GIRES.
Women of the Beaumont Society operate a helpline from their personal experiences and knowledge of being in a relationship with a gender dysphoric person.