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Internal Consultation: Guidelines for Psychologists working with Gender, Sexuality, and Relationship Diversity

13 March 2019

These guidelines relate to gender, sexuality, and relationship diverse (GSRD) people. That is broadly people - including psychologists - who do not identify as heterosexual, monogamous, or cisgender (a cisgender person is a person who is content to remain the gender they were assigned at birth).

This includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people, however it also includes people who identify as asexual (do not, or rarely, experience sexual attraction); engage in BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism); are agender (have no gender); have a non-binary gender (have a gender other than male or female); are pansexual (have attraction irrespective of gender); and many other groups.

The guidelines do not, however, relate to anything non-consensual.

The guidelines are aimed mostly at applied psychologists working with mental distress, but should have applicability in associated psychological fields also.

Indeed, the principles they are based upon, derived as they are from both the literature and best practice agreement of experts in the field, should have applicability to other disciplines such as counselling and psychotherapy, psychiatry, medicine, nursing, and social work.

Getting Involved

Send your comments to [email protected] using the form below.

The deadline for responses is Monday the 08th of April.

Please note:

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on Clinical opinion


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