About Sydney Gay Counselling
Counselling and Therapy for the Australian and International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, and Transgender Community
Sydney Gay Counselling is a private therapy practice dedicated to improving the lives and relationships of Australian and international lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and questioning (LGBTQIA+) people.
About Clinton Power
Hi, I’m Clinton Power. I’m a clinical counsellor, psychotherapist, and Gestalt therapist who has a passion for helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender people live healthy, vibrant, and rewarding lives.
I opened Sydney Gay Counselling in 2003 with a mission to improve the mental health and relationships of LGBTQIA+ people.
As a gay man, I intimately understand many of the challenges and issues that you may be facing as an LGBTQIA+ person.
Over the last two decades, I’ve worked with a wide range of LGBTQIA+ issues, including:
- sexual issues
- sexual orientation and identity
- non-monogamy and polyamory
- coming out issues
- relationship issues
- conflict resolution
- childhood sexual abuse
- trauma and complex PTSD
Private practice history
I had an in-person practice in Macquarie St in the Sydney CBD for 17 years until the beginning of the COVID pandemic.
In 2020, my husband and I moved out of Sydney to base ourselves in the beautiful Northern Rivers region of NSW. I also transitioned my clinical practice online and have stayed working online since then because I’ve found online therapy to be as effective as in-person sessions.
In 2024, I opened a local Byron Bay counselling office in the township of Bangalow, so I could once again offer in-person sessions in addition to online therapy. Bangalow is a 15-minute drive from Byron Bay or a 20-minute drive from Ballina in northern New South Wales.
While my practice is called Sydney Gay Counselling, I provide counselling and therapy services to LGBTQIA+ people throughout Australia and internationally via Zoom online videoconference. My clients love the convenience of attending their sessions from wherever they are, within their own private space.
I’m a former faculty member of Jansen Newman Institute of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy, where I facilitated group therapy for counselling and psychotherapy students and trained them in therapeutic skills.
I used my group therapy skills to offer a gay men’s group therapy that I facilitated for the last couple of years I resided in Sydney. This group was instrumental in helping a number of gay men reduce their sense of loneliness and isolation and learn new relationship skills.
Specialist in couples therapy
I specialise in working with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer couples and have devoted my career to becoming skilled in couples therapy with same-sex couples. I also frequently help gay individuals and couples overcome sexual issues.
I can help you create a relationship that is respectful, loving, and meaningful.
When I work with you and your partner, I help you learn how to manage conflict effectively, create positive relationship patterns, and restore the connection and intimacy in your relationship.
I was a professional classical musician for over 15 years and played with world-class orchestras in Australia and overseas.
As a performer, I was often dealing with performance anxiety, and I developed an interest in the mind and performance psychology.
My interest in performance psychology then led me to my studies in counselling and psychotherapy.
Before I began my counselling studies, I was an Ankali emotional support volunteer for people living with HIV/AIDS.
My therapy and counselling philosophy are LGBTQIA-affirmative. This means I believe there is nothing inherently wrong with being gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, or transgender.
I believe that emotional, physical, and psychological wellness comes from embracing and accepting your LGBTQIA+ identity.
Other projects and interests
In 2011, I started an online counselling directory called Australia Counselling Directory so the public could find a registered counsellor in their local area.
From 2013 to 2015, I created and hosted 100 episodes of the Australia Counselling Podcast with content for mental health professionals to improve their clinical practice. I sold the directory in 2017.
In 2016, I created the Mind Body Training Institute with a North American colleague to create online courses for mental health professionals.
In 2023, I created an online course for therapists called LGBTQIA-Affirmative Therapy: A Compassionate and Inclusive Approach. Over 100 mental health professionals across the world have registered for my course.
The media have regularly interviewed me on LGBTQIA+ issues.
- Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy (GPTS)
- Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (JNI)
- Graduate Diploma in Music (Sydney Conservatorium)
- Bachelor of Music (WAPA)
- Clinical Member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors Federation of Australia (PACFA) Reg. No. 21029
- Gestalt Australia & New Zealand (GANZ)
The above professional associations provide ethical and professional guidelines, and I adhere to their codes of practice and ethics in my clinical work.
I participate in regular clinical supervision and professional development to enhance my work and ensure my clients get the best possible help.
Online counselling sessions are available for residents of Australia and international clients
Online LGBTQIA+ counselling sessions are available online via Zoom videoconference for all LGBTQIA+ residents of Australia.
No matter where you reside in the world, we can work together online.
In-person therapy in the Byron Bay Shire, Northern Rivers, NSW
In-person counselling sessions are available in the Byron Bay shire at my Bangalow counselling office.
Are you ready to start living a great gay life?
Call me at (02) 8968 9323 or click the button below to book an appointment today.