Timeout Counselling offers person-centred counselling. This means that we don't try and tell you what's best for you. We don't tend to whip out worksheets and set homework but we are happy to work with you in a way that works for you! Based at a safe, secure location in central Coventry we aim to give you space to talk about things that are bothering you.
Who we see:
People who are, are questioning (or have relationships with those who identify as) -
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (binary or non-binary), asexual, intersex or otherwise queer
- In (or are contemplating being in) an ethically non-monogamous relationship (an open relationship, a poly relationship, swinging etc)
- Identify as kinky, or are questioning whether this is the path for them
You do not need to be only LGBT to use the service - you might be asexual and heteroromantic, or heterosexual and kinky, or poly, etc. You might be the family member of someone who is trans, and be looking for space to talk about that. You might be questioning whether your sexuality or gender identity is what you'd assumed it to be.
You do not need to want to be talking about those topics to use the service: Our interests cover a wide spectrum, from depression, to anxiety, to stress and OCD, to general 'life issues'. You don't have want to talk about LGBT-related topics; you can talk about whatever it is you need to talk about.
We do consider that we have a specialism in LGBT topics; each of the counsellors working for Timeout have a history of living and/or working around various LGBT communities (including non-binary people), and whilst each of us does not claim to be an expert on each part of the community, we feel that we have a higher level of understanding and knowledge about many of the common (and more unusual) problems that LGBT people face than some other people do. We see people in a variety of more unusual relationship styles such as kink or poly-oriented and again, we feel that we are comfortable there. No matter what your relationship style, you are welcomed by us. If you are unsure about whether this is you, please contact us and we'll be happy to have a conversation either by phone or email with you about this.
Training, qualifications & experience
Timeout counsellors are all either fully qualified or are undergoing a recognised supervised training qualification, and you are welcome to specify that you do not wish to see a trainee if you have concerns about that.
As an organisation, we are committed to ongoing training across all types of areas, even areas where we believe that we have a fair amount of pre-existing knowledge.Timeout counsellors and trainees either identify as LGBT or have had a variety of experience working with LGBT people because as our specialist area, we believe that this specifically is important for us. At Timeout we offer ongoing training throughout the year for all our counsellors
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Trans identities, both binary and non-binary
Normativity and oppression
Ethical non-monogamy (including swinging and polyamorous relationships)
Fees are based on a sliding scale. The range is from £5, then rises through a suggested £10 per £10,000 earnt, but this is negotiable with your counsellor. We do at any point have a number of free spaces available, and if you would like to apply for one of these you would need to let us know this when you make contact, as we only have so many free spaces at any one point.
We also have one counsellor who is able to offer ecotherapy. This is essentially, counselling outside. Your counsellor will walk with you as you discuss topics on your mind. The counsellor has training in ecotherapy and is registered with an additional counselling body and has an ecotherapy supervisor in addition to BACP membership and a more 'traditional' supervisor.
Due to safety considerations, ecotherapy is only offered during daylight hours.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available
Types of client