LGBTQI Individual and Couples Therapist
I am passionate about working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and couples to help them find meaning, fulfilment and connection in the fullness of their lives.
I am a qualified counsellor and Gestalt-informed psychotherapist with extensive experience working with the LGBT community.
Throughout my clinical career, it is the fullness of peoples’ lives that has interested me the most; how do we deal with challenges and issues stemming from our sexuality and/or gender identity? How do we navigate chapters of loss, grief and trauma in our lives? What do we do with our feelings and thoughts? How do we celebrate and acknowledge our successes and achievements? How do we connect with others and manage intimacy?
As a gay man myself, I can appreciate some of the sensitivities that bring LGBT people to therapy. I often meet clients whose lives and relationships are coloured by feelings of inadequacy, shame, loneliness and isolation.
When left unresolved, LGBT people sometimes experience breakdowns in relationships, bursts of anger and frustration, overdependence on drugs and alcohol, blurry lines between love, sex and intimacy, obsessions with their body and appearance, preoccupations with dating and sex apps and more; often resulting in loneliness, disconnection and a lack of meaning in their life.
My objective is to work with you to bring resolution, hope and meaning to the important areas of your life so that you can enjoy the benefits of a life of dignity.
My therapeutic philosophy
Before embarking on my career in psychotherapy, I worked extensively with adolescents and school leavers in a variety of leadership development and capacity building frameworks. I was always struck by their yearnings to achieve something new, to generate impact in their social spheres, to question their surroundings and to explore new possibilities.
Thus, when I later encountered Carl Jung, I was immediately taken by his comment that “the privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” This short sentence continues to speak volumes to me and informs so much of my work as a therapist.
So whilst my clinical approach is informed by a variety of influences – Gestalt therapy, existential theory, systemic theory, relational and interpersonal psychotherapy and more – my foundational ambition is to assist individuals and couples to live their life as their truly are and want to be.
With this in mind, I look for patterns of how clients currently do life with a view to raising awareness to areas that no longer serve them well and providing options and choices for new ways of being and doing life. My work is embedded in the principles of hope, integrity and compassion and I am welcome the full breadth and depth of peoples’ contexts and cultures to our work.
Qualifications, Professional Membership and Awards
I hold a Bachelor of Counselling and Human Change and a Graduate Certificate of Gestalt Therapy. I have also completed trainings in the US in embodied leadership and facilitation. Lastly, I am a member of the Australian Counselling Association and adhere to its code of practice and ethical guidelines.
- Graduate Certificate of Gestalt Therapy (GTS)
- Bachelor of Counselling and Human Change (JNI, St Leonards Campus)
- Bnai Brith Changemaker Award for community leadership (2014)
- David Jansen Differentiation of Self Award (2012)
- ROI Facilitation Intensive (Baltimore, USA)
- Hepatitis NSW
- SMART Recovery Australia (Certified Facilitator)
- ACON Volunteer Counselling
How to contact Brandon Srot
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