Support

Support

Faith, sexuality and gender identity can be a difficult mix for many people. freedom2b seeks to help LGBTI people wherever they are in their journey by offering peer support, informational resources, and referrals to professional services. You can read our support policy here.

If you or someone you know is at risk of self-harm, or otherwise in need of crisis support, please call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14, or the Suicide Call Back Service on 1 300 659 467.

Individuals and organisations which are able to offer professional support are listed below. For more specific sections, please see our Faith & Religion page for biblical resources and welcoming churches, the Sexuality & Gender Identity page for scientific perspectives and LGBTI community groups, and the Family & Friends page for support groups focused on other social aspects.

Psychologists & Specialist Counsellors

The following individuals are known to freedom2b, and have particular expertise in dealing with issues surrounding faith, sexuality and gender identity. Charges may apply.

  • ACT: Terese Hutchison
    Terese is a former board member of freedom2b and still visits us regularly. She is now based in Canberra and can be contacted on 0421 646 011
  • NSW: Dr Lindsay Duncan – lin-mind.com
    Lindsay has practices both in the Sydney CBD and Blue Mountains.
  • NSW: Dr Stuart Edser – nph.net.au
    Stuart heads a practice in Newcastle. (02) 4952 9777
  • NSW: Raina Jardin – rainajardin.com
    Raina Jardin runs a practice in Surry Hills, Sydney.
  • VIC: Rev Matt Glover – mgacounselling.com.au
    Matt runs a practice in Melbourne, and uses Skype for interstate/overseas clients. 1300 38 50 20.

The costs of counselling by private providers can be covered by the Australian Government’s Medicare program in some circumstances, such as for people suffering serious depression. Assessment by a general practitioner and referral is necessary. Details are can be seen on the Dept of Health website.

Organisations

The following organisations are specifically listed here for their offerings of counselling and support. For more LGBTI organisations which offer a wider array of services, please see the sexuality & gender identity support page.