We are delighted to announce that our head of counselling, Marianne Oakes, is now able to see her face-to-face patients in her very own therapy room.
Nestled in the heart of the Peak National park, this new facility complements Marianne’s work ensuring that, should anyone prefer to have their session in person, they can now do so in this peaceful and relaxing setting.
As a trans woman herself, Marianne came into this particular branch of therapy after struggling to find a counsellor with the right experience and qualifications to help her with her own journey. She has been working with the trans community since GenderGP began, back in 2015.
Marianne explained: “For so many members of our GenderGP community, video calling offers the safety they need to be confident enough to open up. As their confidence increases they often look for opportunities to step outside and explore their transition further, in a safe space.”
“The new therapy room is an extension of the video calling service we offer and ensures that, should anyone prefer to meet in person for therapy, they can do so. I am delighted to be able to offer this extension to the service and look forward to meeting many of our service users in person.”
As well as dealing with her own transition, Marianne has witnessed her family’s struggles coming to terms with her gender identity, an experience which has given her the unique insight she brings to her own practice.
She enjoys working with people of all ages, including children, adolescents and their families. Her aim is to create a non-judgmental space in which people can talk openly about their transition, or that of a loved one.