Information & support

Information and support for trans, non-binary and gender diverse people, their friends, families and supporters, is widely available from a variety of sources both regionally and nationally. We have included some suggested links below*. We can also provide letters or reports to help existing patients update their passport or make an application for a gender recognition certificate. 

We can provide psychological support sessions and/or, dependent upon individual need and preference, signpost or refer to a gender specialist psychological therapist.

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Akt supports lgbtq+ young people, aged 16-25, who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. They help people find safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates lgbtq+ identities.

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Galop provide support to LGBT+ people who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, so-called conversion therapies, honour-based abuse, forced marriage, and other forms of abuse.

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GIRES is a volunteer operated membership charity that, in collaboration with the other groups in its field, hears, helps, empowers and gives a voice to trans and gender diverse individuals, including those who are non-binary and non-gender, as well as their families. They host a directory of resources via transwiki.

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Her Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service provides information and guidance related to the Gender Recognition Act and application for a Gender Recognition Certificate. 

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The HFEA provides impartial, accurate information about IVF, clinics and other fertility treatments in the UK and specific information and advice for trans, non-binary and gender diverse people

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers publish a vast array of literature on the topic of gender diversity. Books are written by trans, non-binary and gender diverse people as well as their supporters and clinicians.

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MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. They work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of all LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern.

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Pink Therapy is the UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients. They aim to promote high quality therapy and training services for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and others who identify as being gender or sexual diversities.

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Stonewall stands for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. They imagine a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full.

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The Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity. They support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.They have specific information and support for trans, non-binary and gender diverse people.

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The Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency provides information and guidance related to changing your name and gender on your UK driving licence. 

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Gender Construction Kit is an open source project created by a team of volunteers and provides a guide to changing things that are linked to gender in the UK including physical appearance, official and legal documentation.

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Gendered Intelligence is a trans led registered charity that works to increase understandings of gender diversity and improve the lives of trans people.

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Her Majesty's Passport Office provides information and guidance related to changing your name and gender on your UK passport. 

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Intercom Trust is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ charity working across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and the wider South West, providing help and individual and group support, advocacy, counselling, training, information, an online directory, community surveys, conferences and consultancy. 

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LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

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Mindline Trans+ is a confidential mental health support helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, A Gender, Gender Fluid, Non-binary.

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Public Health England provides information and guidance related to the NHS screening programme for trans, non-binary and gender diverse people. 

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Switchboard is an LGBT+ Helpline. They provide a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being.They support people to explore the right options for themselves. They aspire to a society where all LGBT+ people are informed and empowered.

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TransUnite is a comprehensive resource for people in the UK searching for support in the transgender community. Their easy to use, mobile friendly directory connects people to an established network of trans support groups near them.

*Gender Identity South West is not responsible for the content of external links or external services / organisations. Please check the associated cookie and privacy policies of these providers.

 

Psychological support sessions

We offer individual, couple or family (including chosen family) support, for example where people wish to explore their identity and options in a bit more detail before proceeding to formal assessment and intervention, where there are difficulties coming out, navigating relationships and transition, where distress or difficulty in relation to dysphoria has a significant and persistent detrimental impact upon a patient's wider health and wellbeing. Dependent upon individual need and preference we may signpost or refer to a gender specialist psychological therapist or other health professional. 

Location

At this current time, most sessions are conducted online via secure video link. Appointments can also be made in person at our Exeter base, if necessary.

Appointment duration

Sessions are usually 1 hour. 

Pricing & payment

Sessions are £150. Payment is made at the point of booking using a secure online booking and payment system.