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Trans Counselling 

Brighton, Hove and Online

Ellis J. Johnson MBACP - Psychotherapeutic Counselling for Trans, Queer, or Questioning people

Trans Counselling offers specialist support to people who are transgender, queer or questioning.

This includes people whose LGBTQ+ identity means they would feel safer in a dedicated, affirmative service. 

 
 

About me

Ellis J. Johnson MBACP (he/him pronouns)

I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic, Psychotherapeutic

Counsellor and much of my work involves being open about my

identity as a queer, trans man of colour. I often use the acronym QTIPOC.

 

The modality I use is psychodynamic, which involves bringing unconscious drives and patterns, often from childhood, into consciousness and exploring how they affect us in our day to day lives. My work is also influenced by certain aspects of intersectional feminist theory, which takes into account how intersecting oppressive structures in society, culture, and politics can have an adverse effect on our mental health and bodies.

To this end, my work is affirmative of gender, sexuality and relationship diversity (e.g. non-monogamy, poly, kink), as well as being sex-worker affirmative. 

 

Alongside private practice, I deliver training in trans awareness and inclusivity to organisations around the country, and I also work for a charity providing free short-term counselling to trans and questioning people in London.

 

In the past I have delivered counselling for an NHS Wellbeing service, and worked with students in a university counselling service. I also spent several years working in the voluntary sector as a mental health advocate, trainer and group facilitator for LGBTQ people.

I undertake continual professional development training on a regular basis, and these have included sessions on:

 

  • Grassroots suicide prevention training

  • Working with neurodivergence and ASC

  • Working alongside trans and gender variant people in therapy

  • Post-Slavery Syndrome – Intergenerational PTSD

Why do we need Trans and Queer Counselling?

For many people, reaching out for help can feel unfamiliar and daunting. Counselling offers a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space to explore difficult, confusing or complicated feelings, gain a greater understanding of where they may be coming from, and work towards positive change for the future.


For trans and queer people there can be extra barriers to accessing this kind of support. Living in a society that often excludes, demeans or just doesn't understand us, can mean that reaching out for help can be hard and beginning counselling can feel like a risk. 


Given that research shows around 41% of trans people attempt suicide at least once in their lifetime, having access to specialist, well-informed and dedicated support is vital for the community to not only survive, but to thrive. For this reason, having a trans, queer and LGB-affirmative counsellor can prove to be transformative for many people.

Why do we need Trans and Queer Counselling?

For many people, reaching out for help can feel unfamiliar and daunting. Counselling offers a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space to explore difficult, confusing or complicated feelings, gain a greater understanding of where they may be coming from, and work towards positive change for the future.

 

For trans and queer people there can be extra barriers to accessing this kind of support. Living in a society that often excludes, demeans or just doesn't understand us, can mean that reaching out for help can be hard and beginning counselling can feel like a risk.

 

Given that research shows around 41% of trans people attempt suicide at least once in their lifetime, having access to specialist, well-informed and dedicated support is vital for the community to not only survive, but to thrive. For this reason, having a trans, queer and LGB-affirmative counsellor can prove to be transformative for many people.

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What can psychotherapeutic counselling help with?

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Self-esteem

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Self-harm

  • Bereavement

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Domestic and/or sexual abuse

  • Chronic health conditions

  • Gender

  • Sexuality

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Issues related to racial inequality

  • Immigration/Asylum 

  • And many more

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

It is generally accepted that there is no clear, measurable distinction between the practice of counselling and psychotherapy. However, counselling is often used to describe shorter-term courses of support that might focus on one specific area e.g a bereavement or a phobia. Psychotherapy on the other hand may last longer, may be more time intensive, and may explore a range of topics and in more depth.

What is psychotherapeutic counselling?

Psychotherapeutic counselling can be seen as a mix of both psychotherapy and counselling. It can be short or long term, can address a wide range of issues or can be more focussed on just one.

What does psychodynamic mean?

A psychodynamic approach to counselling explores how unconscious drives, past experiences, and relationships influence our way of relating to the world. In psychodynamic psychotherapeutic counselling, we may talk about your childhood, your family, caregivers and friends, and look for patterns in the way you behave. We may consider unconscious drives to your behaviour and defence mechanisms that might have kept you safe in the past but might now be causing discomfort or pain in your present.

What do you mean by transgender?

The term transgender can mean many things to many different people, however it is used here to describe the experience of anyone who does not fully identify with the sex or gender they were assigned at birth. This is inclusive of people who are non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid or gender diverse.

What do you mean by queer?

Again, queer may mean many different things to different people. Here it is used as an umbrella term to describe anyone who a) chooses to use it, or b) who identifies outside of heteronormative and cisnormative society. This may include people who use the terms gay, lesbian or bisexual, if they so choose.

Do you support parents, partners or family members of trans people?

Yes, I am also happy to work with people who are adjacent or significant to the trans and queer people in their life.

How often do the sessions take place?

Sessions take place weekly, at the same time and in the same place.

Are you a member of any professional body?

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and as such I abide by their ethical guidelines.

What are your qualifications?

I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling from The University of Brighton. I also hold a BSc (Hons) in Psychology with Study in Europe from The University of Manchester.

Do you offer online or telephone counselling?

Yes. Please get in touch for more details.

What are your fees?

My fees are £50 per 50 minute session.

Do you offer a sliding scale for payment?

I do not currently offer a sliding scale.

Do you offer a free session?

I do not offer a free face-to-face session, but can offer a telephone call for us to have a chance to connect and for you to ask any questions before you choose whether to arrange an appointment. The telephone consultation is free and can last up to 20 minutes.

How do I book an initial session?

You can book an initial session or telephone call by emailing ellis.j.johnson@protonmail.com or calling on 07543 739936 and leaving a message. I aim to respond within 24 hours. 

 

"I cannot recommend sessions with Ellis too highly. He is the first person I ever spoke to who actually understood me as a non-binary person. Talking to him gave me the confidence to be myself not just quietly for myself but to be open about who I am."

Get in Touch

Arrange a free 20 minute phone call or enquire about booking an initial session

Brighton, BN1

07543 739936