Life can be challenging enough before accounting for issues around exploring and expressing our gender and sexuality. Regardless of what’s impacting you, our LGBTIQA+ counsellors are available to support you.
Our free counselling service is open to LGBTIQA+ young people aged 12 to 26 (Perth) and 12 to 25 (regional WA).
You do not have previously accessed our programs to access counselling and support.
TOPICS WE COVER
We are here to support you in the things that matter most to you.
You can talk to your counsellor about anything important to you, including:
- Sexual health
- Sexuality and gender
- Questioning and exploring identity
- Coming out, transitioning and gender-affirming care
- Depression and anxiety
- Approaching addiction
- Communication and healthy relationships
- Grief, loss and trauma
- Stigma and discrimination
Our counsellors use a person-centred approach which means you control what is explored and the pace at which you go.
ABOUT OUR COUNSELLORS
Our fabulous LGBTIQA+ youth counsellors are here to support you. Whether you’re struggling with your identity, worried about a situation or just want a non-judgmental person to talk to, our counsellors are here for you.
Sarah - Metro Perth
Hey, I’m Sarah (she/they). I am one of youth counsellors for Perth metro based at the Freedom Centre, and I have been in this role for 3 years. I provide support for young people to explore their gender and sexuality, as well as providing a safe space to talk about sexual health, relationships and mental health concerns. I LOVE talking and reading about gender. Outside of work I can be found teaching a very special yoga class, hanging out with my family of rescue animals which includes chickens, dogs and a cat I found at the train station. I also enjoy hunting out great vegan food.
Orion - Metro Perth
Hi, I’m Orion (he/they), one of the counsellors here at Freedom! I also facilitate the Be Queer, Do Craft art groups on a Tuesday. I provide support and a safe space for young people to talk about issues related to gender and sexuality as well as other mental health concerns. I love being able to create a safe and accessible space for clients by utilising art, crafts and conversation to support their needs. Outside of the office, you can finding me relaxing at home with my three cats, crystals, and a good cup of tea.
Marcus - Regional WA
I’m Marcus (he/him). I’m one of the counsellors with Freedom State, providing counselling support to LGBTQIA+ youth living in Regional WA. I am trained as a social worker and have worked for more than ten years as a therapist, with a focus in recovering from trauma and understanding how experiences of discrimination impact upon people’s mental health.
I have a particular interest in supporting people who are often silenced to have a voice, both in the counselling session and in their lives, and to strengthen the presence of healthy, supportive relationships in a person’s life.
Alexandra - Regional WA
Hi! I’m Alexandra, one of the LGBTIQA+ youth counsellors for Freedom State – where through the internet I am able to access regional young people who need to talk through their experience in a safe and non-judgmental space. I love nature and taking my shoes off and touching the earth, op-shopping, roller-skating and hot sauce, but unfortunatley I can’t handle spice so that is a tough one!
WHERE DOES COUNSELLING TAKE PLACE?
Counselling takes place in person at Freedom Centre, by phone or video chat:
- Monday: 12.30-7pm
- Wednesday: 10am-5pm
- Thursday: 10am-5pm
If you are in regional and rural areas around WA, you are can to access counselling over phone or online.
You will need to participate in a brief assessment process either over the phone or face to face.
HOW DO I BOOK A COUNSELLING APPOINTMENT?
Our counselling services in Perth and regional WA run a little different.
To book a counselling appointment, you can fill out the contact form below or call WAAC on 08 9482 0000.
If you are based in Perth, you can also chat with an FC staff member or email Sarah directly.