Neil Loffhagen - LGBTQ/GSRD counsellor
As a Gender, Sexuality, Sex and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) Therapist, based in Bracknell, serving the Berkshire area, my aim is to help you explore all aspects of your gender, sexuality, sex desires and relationships. I work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer (LGBTQ+) people.
I offer full acceptance of who you are. I am happy and comfortable to work with and support you whatever your gender, sexuality, sex and relationships may be. Whatever you bring we will be able to explore together, leading to greater self-acceptance, plus greater personal peace. No issue is considered more important than another. Every area you bring is of unique importance.
Being unique, the way we work together will be unique.
My aim is to help you in your journey to discover your potential. I am not here to tell you what to do; that is advice and any change would likely be short-lived. Through self-discovery, a power within can be found which may surprise you and those around you.
I offer full acceptance of who you are, to enable you to fully accept yourself.
What to do next -
If you feel we may be able to work together, please send me an email or call me on the number above, we could have a 10 minute conversation to discuss what may bring you to counselling and then if you feel comfortable doing so, we can then arrange our first session.
As, Brian Thorne, a person-centred therapist, said:
"I have discovered since that love devoid of understanding, although it can bring comfort and solace, can never heal."
My offering is unconditional love and acceptance, combined with understanding to help bring healing and thus any change you may be seeking. The overall aim is for you to have no need for a therapist or counsellor. As Brian Thorne also wrote:
"If therapy has been successful, clients will also have learned how to be their own therapist."
"It is as though he listened
and such listening as his enfolds us in silence
in which at last we begin to hear
what we are meant to be."
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been counselling for over 10 years. As well as seeing clients privately, I volunteer at SupportU, an LGBT charity, based in Reading, Berkshire.
- Diploma in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy
- Essentials in Gender And Sexual Diversity Therapy
- Diploma in Person-Centred counselling
- BA (Hons) in psychology
Member of the following organisations:
- Registered Member of National Counselling Society (NCS)
- Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)
- Member of College of Sexual and Relationship Therapy (COSRT)
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
The National Council of Psychotherapists
National Council of Psychotherapists
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with the Gender, Sexuality, Sex and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer + (LGBTQ+) communities.
I charge £60 per counselling hour. This is for 60 minutes. First sessions are half usual cost, providing you the opportunity to see if working together will suit you.
We are all unique in what works best for us, so a session can be longer or shorter according to your wishes. This is open for discussion. Costs are then charged pro-rata. Some concessions are available for students and others.
Payment can be by cash, cheque, PayPal or using “mobile to mobile payments”.
Concessions offered for
I use Zoom. After we have made contact and a session is booked, I will send you a link to a Zoom meeting. Zoom is accessible via an app or web browser. It can be accessed using a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop. Here's a link to a brief video on joining a Zoom meeting:
To keep thing secure and private, once we have started the meeting, I will lock it, so that no one else can join. On the vary rare occasions that we may lose our internet connection, it will be worth trying to reconnect. If that is not possible for any reason, we can decide via phone what you would prefer to do. Depending on how long is left in the session, we could postpone until another time, or use phones instead.