You are welcome here

When seeking help from a professional therapist or counsellor, the depth of their awareness, understanding and experience can make all the difference, particularly when differences matter.


I have worked within the widely diverse LGBTQ community for over 25 years, as a counsellor and psychotherapist in both private practice and agency settings.  I bring to my work a deep appreciation for the essential contribution to emotional health and well-being that a LGBTQ life – lived openly and fully – can make possible.


LGBTQ people seek counselling support for many of the same reasons as everyone else.  I make no assumptions that your sexuality, sexual preferences or gender identity are problematic for you.  I am also well aware of the many challenges and obstacles to feeling safe or at ease in the world simply being oneself.  Some of the specific challenges LGBTQ individuals and couples can also experience include:

  • Coming out challenges and staying in dilemmas

  • Reactivity or hostility from family members or peers

  • Family rejection, estrangement or exile

  • Social isolation or loneliness

  • Discrimination or homophobia at school or in the workplace

  • Early experiences of bullying or abuse

  • Unsupported childhood distress, anxiety or depression

  • Being the target of stranger aggression, threats, or violence

  • Low self-esteem or social anxiety

  • Unacknowledged losses and grief

  • Same sex or gender diverse relationship challenges

For LGBTQ individuals, it can make a world of difference to work with a therapist who understands the multiple influences, coming from within and without, that impact one’s emotional resilience and well-being.  I welcome any questions you may have about my practice or experience. If you would like to schedule an initial appointment, you are welcome to call my St Kilda office at 03 9041 1456.

Located two blocks from the Pride Centre.

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We are registered as: Sole Trader.

More details

LGBTIQ Owned and Operated: Yes
Qualifications: MA Counselling Psychology (USA)
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (USA)
Clinical Member, PACFA
Service Delivery Format:
  • - Face-to-face
  • - Online forum/Group
  • - Phone
Service Delivery Location:
  • - All of Victoria
  • - Melbourne CBD
  • - Metro North
  • - Metro South
  • - Metro East
  • - Metro West

Cost: $$$
Opening Times: Daytime, evening and weekend appointments available.

How to contact us

Contact Name: Carol-Ann Allen
Phone Number: 0390411456
Email Address:

Address provided by appointment only
St Kilda
VIC 3182
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