Contact is the recognition of ‘otherness,’ the awareness of difference

Laura Perls

Diversity & Difference:

As a practitioner, I am aware that your experiences will be inherently different to mine. Even if we might share similarities, I can never assume what it is like to be you. Working with diversity and difference means to me a capacity to connect in spite of differences in background, orientation, ethnicity, and belief systems. It doesn’t mean that our differences don’t matter, quite the contrary – that recognition and awareness of differences is essential for meaningful contact.

Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity (GSRD)

Many people with a differing gender expression or sexuality live happy and fulfilled lives. However, marginalisation and prejudice are still prevalent for LGBTQ+ people. If you have difficulties in relation to your gender, sexuality or relational preferences, counselling and psychotherapy (in particular, the gestalt approach) can help to figure things out. I am affirmative and nonjudgmental towards you and what you bring to therapy.

Culture, Religion, Ethnicity & Race

I am aware that consistent experiences of not belonging (e.g. racism, anti-semitism, homophobia, etc) can lead to depression, anxiety and stress – in extreme instances also to post-traumatic stress responses. While many people are well resourced to deal with systemic issues, there are some who get stuck and feel unable to move forward. Therapy can help in these instances to understand the underlying processes that may interfere with personal growth.


If you need more information about counselling & psychotherapy, I am happy to discuss any questions you may have over the phone.