Who are we?
We are the Lesbian Counselling Center Berlin. We are a diverse team of staff and interns with different qualifications in social education, psychology and therapeutic training. We find different life experiences just as important.
We are currently a diverse team of trans* and cis women, trans* men, genderqueer, non-binary, trans* people who are, for example, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, queer. Our staff position themselves as white, black, indigenous, persons of colour, migrants and refugees.
We think that a person’s gender and pronouns cannot be “recognised” by their appearance, voice, other external features or name. We have people of different genders working with us who use no pronouns or different pronouns and different self-definitions.
Who are we there for?
We are there for lesbians, bisexual women, trans*, inter*, non-binary and queer people. People who are not yet sure what they feel like are, of course, also counselled by us.
We advise you if you…
- are in crisis and other difficult life situations
- have lovesickness
- you are concerned about age and menopause
- you are trans* and need hormones
- you feel alone and are afraid
- are stuck in thought loops or can’t make up your mind
- you experience racism and/or are discriminated against in other ways.
Basically you are welcome with all topics and questions!
How do we work?
We understand being lesbian, bisexual, trans* and inter* as a positive way of life that is not reduced to sexuality and gender.
- We work in a resource-oriented way, i.e. we assume that every person already has many great abilities, characteristics and strategies.
- We work in a biased way, which means that we are – contrary to other ideas of therapy – on your side.
- We work in a client-centred way, which means that your needs are at the centre of our work.
- We work in a queer-feminist way, which means that we are on the side of lesbian, bisexual, trans* and inter* issues.
- We have a holistic understanding of health, which means that we include the consequences that discrimination and violence have on health in our work.
- We work intersectionally, which means we include and value different facets of LBT*I* lifes such as migration history, impairment, age, skin colour, multiple belongings in our work
- We work in a discrimination-sensitive way, even though we know that there is no such thing as a discrimination-free space.
- We welcome your feedback, because it is through your feedback that we continue to learn.