Counseling

Peer counselling

If you are LGBTI person and you feel lonely or have a feeling that no one understands you, you lack confidence or you simply want to come to a safe space for a encouraging talk over tea or coffee, please write us at savjetovanje@soc.ba.

Peer counselling is friendly, encouraging conversation. It requires the ability of one to listen, requires empathy and understanding. It offers support and help, to people with similar background, age, or life challenges.

Help and support is provided on the basis of experience and knowledge, but does not go deep into counselling nor psychotherapy.

If you have a question, have a dilemma, you need advice or want to come for a talk, contact us by email at: savjetovanje@soc.ba or sms to the number +387 (0) 60 30 22 729, every day from 10AM to 3PM.


Psychological counseling

Sarajevo Open Centre is offering new service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex persons. Psychological counselling is achieved through long term collaboration with a group of educated and sensitized psychologists and psychotherapist, with whom we cooperate successfully for many years.

Our psychologists are in continuous training and education related to working with LGBTI people from coming out process to transgender issues. The staff will provide you adequate assistance and support.

The existence of such services has far-reaching significance for the LGBTI community not only in Sarajevo, but also in the country, given that lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and intersex people many times experienced discrimination often from psychologists and therapists. LGBT people are still marginalized social group even when visiting or using the services of primary health care.

Often out of fear of judgement, many LGBTI people are not out to their practitioners and therapists, which often leads to attributing condition of depression or anxiety to other factors.

Hence the importance of the psychological counselling specialized for LGBTI persons is immense. We want to strengthen and encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people, through affirmative psychotherapy so they can live fulfilled life with dignity, in the best possible way.

This is just one of the services that Sarajevo Open Centre offers to the LGBTI community in BiH. In situations when someone cannot physically come to counselling, it is possible to organize on-line consultation via Skype.

If you would like to start a therapy, visit psychologist because of issues you are struggling with, or just want to work on your self esteem, we encourage you to contact us at savjetovanje@soc.ba, and will be happy to connect you with one of our psychologists.