Studying psychology and counselling is often seen by some as an invitation to share the frustration they have with their counsellor or psychologist, or therapists past.
And that upset me a bit – I saw someone who reached out for help, but was connected with a therapist who couldn’t see past part of their life. Eventually I noticed a few trends.
And one thing thats always interested me is trends – a lot of my research at university, when I had the freedom to pick a topic, was on groups who’d struggle to find a counsellor who could work effectively with them. I wanted to know more about people in need who have unnecessary barriers put in front of them.
And ironically for someone who is supposed to understand feelings professionally – I don’t understand why someone, especially in a caring profession, would be homophobic – or biphobic, transphobic, or acephobic, for that matter. I heard a lot of stories about people needing help, and not getting it. There’s something so fundamentally wrong with that.
I changed career and started studying to help people – and I find these stories about people who reach out, only to be judged for who they are – or part of who they are? That’s so wrong to me.
So excuse my rant, but I’m just going to come out and say what I wanted to say.
If you’re a member of the LGBTQIA community, engaged in kink/BDSM, sex work, body modification, I’m here for you. I remember when I worked on the rails, up north, working a FIFO job, feeling like other people just didn’t get how hard it can be.
If you’ve ever felt judged or not heard, or not understood, simply for being who you are, try me. You are who I’m here for.