Counselling for Women
While VAC has recognised counselling services aimed at gay men, men who have sex with men (MSM) and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), many people don’t realise VAC offers a great service for same-gender attracted women who are looking for affordable counselling in a safe environment where they can be open about their sexuality.
Many of the counsellors at VAC are women - all of whom are sensitive to the needs of the LGBTI community. Plus, if you prefer to see a lesbian counsellor, that can also be arranged.
What can a counsellor offer you?
All of our counsellors are highly trained and understand the issues that can affect us all, especially when we are under a lot of pressure, such as:
- Drug or alcohol concerns
- Relationship issues
- Social isolation
- Work related stress
- Grief and loss
- Low self-esteem
How we stand out from other services is that we also understand the issues surrounding sexuality, stigma and discrimination. We are aware of the difficulties that same-gender attracted women experience and we can support you to find ways of coping with those issues and creating a plan for change in whichever direction you want to go.
As well as one-on-one counselling, VAC is currently offering a support group for same-gender attracted women who are concerned about their drinking, especially if there is an underlying issue of depression or anxiety and the alcohol is helping you cope. This group aims to help you commit to changing your drinking habits and to develop new ways of coping with stress. If you’d like to know more about this group then call (03) 9865 6700 and ask about the Drink Limits group.
You can also read more about the issue here: http://www.lotl.com/Lifestyle/Drink-Limits/
If you identify as a lesbian or bisexual woman, or even if you’re not certain about your sexuality, and you think that counselling might help you with your current issues, then call us on (03) 9865 6700.