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Asked by Adam

What courses or unis should I go to if I wanted to be a counsellor or some sort of support for thegay, lesbian and trans teenagers/young adults? As a trans guy who is proud of it, I'm willing to help others in this and would like to know what course would help support young LGBT+ people. I'm also thinking about going into the mental health aspects as well? As some sort of therapist maybe??

Hey there 🙂 Great question! It depends exactly what you want to do. If you would like to be a counsellor, you need to do a psychology degree or complete a registered course, such as a psychology conversion or a BCPC training course. That would make you certified to practice counselling. It can take up to 6 years study with many hours of volunteer counseling hours - but if it’s something you love and are passionate about, it can be really rewarding! There’s also a real need for counsellors who understand what it’s like being LGBTQ+. If you want to be an LGBTQ+ activist - like myself - then you don’t need any particular qualifications, but you do need experience. You can get that by volunteering with local LGBTQ+ groups, getting involved with different campaigns or even starting your own. In my work I’ve given talks in schools and run workshops with young people - it’s not quite as personal as counselling, but you can still give young queer and trans people support, and inspire them to love themselves and change the world! I hope that answers your question 🙂

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