Positive Beams

Gender and Transgender Counselling

Tina Clark

(Formerly Livingstone)

My counselling supports people with diverse gender concerns, in finding their own ways forward to self acceptance, a coherent self, and more comfortable ways of being. I work respectfully with male, female, transgender, and non-binary clients and have been providing counselling support across this human matrix for almost twenty years.

I do not regard gender oppressions as an exclusively trans' or queer issue - how culture frames our perceptions and expectations of gender can be challenging to anyone. Where society judges people weaker, oppressive, or invalid because of their gender, problems are propagated, at both personal and social levels, across the board.

I perceive trans' and non-binary identities as natural diversity and offer experience of successfully counselling people of both binary and non-binary genders who are:

  • Non-transitioning
  • Pre-transition
  • In transition
  • Post-transition
  • De-transitioning

I also offer counselling support to wives, partners, parents, and children of trans-identified and trans-historied people.

Please be aware that Counsellors based in the U.K are currently both unable to prescribe or provide surgical referral. These services are accessed through specialist medical practitioners within the NHS or Private sector.

Client Reviews

Thankyou, Tina very much for all your help. As well as being very helpful re the transgenderism it was also very enjoyable and useful for me in discussing the more spiritual side of things. I don't think I am in contact with anyone else at the moment that I can discuss such things on such a level as with you.

For the whole of my life I've been on a journey to discover who I was. I did not find out until Tina came into my life. With her genuine empathy for her clients as fellow human souls, her insight and experience of these types of journeys she guided me compassionately through a process of self discovery. I had the easiest possible path through one of life's most difficult processes entirely because of Tina. Her mix of forthrightness and wicked sense of humour blend perfectly. I have completed this phase of my journey - which I stress I would not have done without her.

Tina was undoubtedly the prime source of guidance and inspiration during much of my transition, and continued to support me some time after with her person-centred and compassionate approach. During an especially awkward period of time, between one gender and another, I felt that I was almost drowning in a sea of despair, confusion and indecision, only to be thrown a life-raft of optimism and hope, courtesy of Tina. Her humanity gave me the freedom and personal space in which to find, expand and express my new female persona. I cannot recommend her strongly enough!

Tina allowed me to take things at my own pace, building confidence and moving towards being full time, allowing me the space I needed. Having been full time for three years now, my transition has been smoother than I could ever have wished for in a large part due to Tina's help.

I thought that counselling was for Transsexuals, and not for people like me, In fact, I had no idea what I was and that frightened me badly. The two options appeared to be Pervert or Woman and I didn't really feel like either. Working with Tina taught me that it didn't actually matter what I was, it was who I was that was important. With a great deal of patience and no small amount of wit, warmth, and humour, Tina helped me to discover myself and to give myself permission to be that person. What more can anyone ask of life?

Tina has been a significant part of my transition, although she has never influenced me, she helped me evaluate how to deal with my Gender Dysphoria and to understand the options open to me and she gave me the confidence to make my own decisions that were right for me and my spouse.