Chantal Burchett
about

Do you want to talk to a professional who has personal and professional experience with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer issues (LGBTIQ)?

I am a therapist highly experienced in this field and I have a broad understanding of many of the issues you may want to explore and work through in therapy. I have over 10 years’ experience working within the community and began my counselling career working for Australia’s largest LGBTIQ health promotion agency.

It is well reported that, compared to the general population, LGBTIQ people are more likely to experience and be diagnosed with mental health issues. While there have been positive changes in legal reform and shifts in social attitudes, unfortunately discrimination, stigma, and social marginalisation still exist and can result in negative health outcomes for LGBTIQ people. For successful therapy outcomes, it is important to work with a therapist who understands the challenges that members of the LGBTIQ community can experience.

I understand that too often people have had negative experiences when accessing support services that have not been LGBTIQ inclusive, and I am passionate about providing a safe and non-judgemental space where diversity is embraced, and clients feel supported. My clients often say that they appreciate the fact that I am “real” in therapy and create an environment where they feel comfortable talking about issues that are often considered off limits.

I offer individual and couples counselling support services to LGBTIQ clients presenting for a variety of reasons. If you are experiencing any of the following concerns, you may benefit from accessing therapeutic support:

  • Are you experiencing mental health concerns that are having a negative impact on your wellbeing?
  • Are you experiencing relationship concerns?
  • Are you unsure of your sexual orientation and want to explore this?
  • Do you feel alone or isolated?
  • Are you experiencing issues around ‘coming out’ or ‘inviting others in’?
  • Have you experienced homophobia, biphobia, transphobia or other types of discrimination?
  • Do you want to talk about sexual practices in a confidential and understanding environment?
  • Do you want to negotiate an open or non-monogamous relationship?
  • Are you considering commencing PrEP?
  • Do you want to talk about your sexual health, including HIV and STIs?
  • Do you want to talk about gender identity or are you considering transitioning?

Call on 0409 137 920 or email chantal@cbcp.com.au if you would like to discuss how I can support you to work through any of the above concerns, or other issues you may be experiencing.