I’m Glenn, the LGBTQ+ Psychologist, and I know what it feels like to have to hide your true self.
I came out in my twenties and had to overcome my own challenges that came with that. Now I want to help you do that too.
I became a psychologist because I wanted to help people. Through my own personal and professional experiences, I have seen people discover themselves at different stages of their life. In my personal life, I’ve always been someone people confide in or come to for support. In providing therapy, I want to be that person to you too. I create a space for people in the LGBTQ+ community to communicate the issues they’re having.
Growing up in Northern Ireland within a church background, trying to make sense of my faith and sexual identity was a struggle. I loved music and was our church worship leader and I worried how this would be impacted if I came out. At school, it didn’t help that I heard homophobic slurs from my peers, that made me wonder what they’d say about me if they knew I was gay.
I got to a point where I was feeling low, and anxious being around other people and I felt really disconnected from life around me. I needed support from a therapist at that time. Once I got that support, I finally accepted myself and felt free. I finally realised I could just be Glenn.
Family and friends are both incredibly important to me, I finally got to a point in my early twenties where I wanted to tell them that I was feeling confused.
I was hiding my sexuality,
I felt invisible,
I didn’t believe in myself.
I worried about being rejected. I didn’t feel like I was living an authentic life, true to who I was
Once I became a psychologist, I wanted to support people going through similar experiences – people who needed to feel accepted, just as they are. I understand first-hand what it’s like to hide who you are, but even more importantly, I understand what it feels like not to know what comes next. That’s why I’m passionate about helping people figure out life before during and beyond coming out.
Getting to Know Me
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with friends and take my dog for walks.
What’s your favourite food?
What’s something people may not know about you?
I love music. I play the guitar and I used to be in a band!
What do you value the most?
Spending time with my family and friends.
How I Can Support You
I have been supporting others with their mental health since 2001. I am also part of the LGBTQ+ community, with lived and living experiences of the challenges we can face. Coming out can be difficult and figuring out how to live your life beyond that can be just as challenging. That’s what I’m here to help you do.
I pride myself on being a good listener, kind and supportive and through our time together I will help you explore topics like:
Managing anxiety and depression
Overcoming traumatic experiences
Life after coming out
Communicating with family and friends
Living authentically as you
Sex and relationships
Training, Qualifications and Experience
I have been working within the helping profession since 2001 with experience in youth and community development, criminal justice, residential social work, homelessness, primary care, and outpatient and inpatient experience within the NHS and private practice.
I also support other mental health professionals in their clinical work and I am a regular consultant to local, national and international media and production companies.
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology – University of Manchester
- Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Belfast Cognitive Therapy Centre
- BSc (Hons) Degree in Social Psychology – University of Ulster
- HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
- BPS Chartered Counselling Psychologist
- Register of Approved Psychology Practice Supervisors
- BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
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