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Weʼre raising £2,800 to help fund Lavinia's training with Pink Therapy on their Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity Course.

Long Melford, Sudbury, UK

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"It was only a couple of decades ago that homosexuality was considered a mental illness by the World Health Organisation. This pathologising of sexual variation has unfortunately affected the way that many therapists view any sexual difference. LGBTIQ individuals are often judged through a heteronormative lens of what is and isn't 'normal'. Even today, people who wish to change their gender, announce a sexuality other than the norm, or those who wish to engage in consensual BDSM/Kink relationships, often find themselves the target of prejudice, or even diagnosed as having some sort of mental illness" - Pink Therapy Website

I am a Psychotherapist and Nature Therapist qualified to MA level - yet there is a gap in my training in working with gender, sexuality and relationship diversity (Kink, BDSM), so I am undertaking further training with Pink Therapy. I am on the first year of a two year PG Post Grad Diploma specialising in gender, sexuality and in relationship diversity. However, the 'heteronormative lens' mentioned above, is not one I have ever looked through, yet I know it exists and the damage it causes - I think it is society that is ill.

This prejudice is deeply damaging and that it happens in the therapy room too, is beyond unacceptable. There are therapists from around the world attending this course and I am proud to be one of those chosen by Pink Therapy to train with them. It's an honour and a privilege.

Some of my existing clients are heterosexuals into kink, some are sex workers, swingers, and some are LGBTQ+ clients who have experienced prejudice. This post graduate diploma will ensure I work with a fully-informed heart and with the most up-to-date research in this field.

My commitment to you is to take everything I learn to the people already coming to me and to those yet to come, and to fully support and serve the LGBTQ+ & GSRD communities, with a passionate, ethical, and knowledgeable heart.

I understand that this is a big ask of my friends and associates to support me in this way, yet I feel this training is crucial to serving my clients. Your support is fully appreciated.

The fees are £2800 for the first year, and I am crowdfunding for these.


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  • Lavinia Dawson5 months ago
    Lavinia Dawson

    Lavinia Dawson

    5 months ago

    Dear Fabulous Supporters, THANK YOU 🙏 Your support is deeply appreciated and makes my heart sing. Let’s change the world together! Lxxx

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    Lavinia Dawson

    Lavinia Dawson

    6 months ago
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    Deep gratitude to my first seven supporters!

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Page last updated on: 8/10/2018 06.20



  • Anonymous


    Aug 9, 2018

    Good fortune with this endeavour, I hope all goes well for you.With much love

  • Tris


    Jul 25, 2018

    Good luck, hope u get all of your target


  • Cate Caruth

    Cate Caruth

    Jul 25, 2018

    Given with love to allow you to continue on your mission


  • Anonymous


    Jul 10, 2018

    Good luck with this important work


  • Sophie Foulger

    Sophie Foulger

    Jul 10, 2018

    You will be amazing, I hope you reach your target x

  • Elaine Masterson

    Elaine Masterson

    Jul 9, 2018

    Good luck with your training. xx


  • Carol Barrett

    Carol Barrett

    Jul 9, 2018

    Good luck Lavinia, your work is from the heart xxx


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Lavinia Dawson

Lavinia Dawson

Long Melford, Sudbury, UK

I was aged 10 when I first learned how people respond to anything other than their norm. It was Belfast in the 70s. Playing with my best friend, Heather Burns, one protestant girl, one catholic. I was stoned with bricks, for being 'other'. I never stopped playing with Heather.

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