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Events for Professionals

Watch this space for new upcoming workshops and groups in the Southwest and on-line or contact us to express an interest and find out more.
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CPD: Working well with LGBTQ+ clients for counsellors and wellbeing practitioners (with reflective practice exercise)

Online via Zoom - cost TBA

4 half-days - to be arranged

The course will be facilitated by Max Cohen and another of our IAAYW professionals.

Max Cohen is an Accredited Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversities Therapist (Pink Therapy), a qualified trainer and group facilitator and has worked supporting people in various roles in the Southwest of  England for over 25 years. He is the Founder and Director of It’s All About You Wellbeing CIC (IAAYW).

Co-facilitators are active members of IAAYW with specialist interests in diversity, training and counselling.

  • The content will be presented in a number of ways, through presentations, pairs work, video, brief experiential exercises, individual reflection, group discussions and anonymised case studies

  • Over the two days we will look at ‘coming out’, intersecting issues, working with family members and partners and talking about sex and sexuality

  • Day 1& 2 - A focus on gender identity (trans, cis, non-binary, genderqueer, gender fluid etc)

  • Day 3 & 4 - A focus on sexual orientation (lesbian, gay and bisexual etc)

  • Completion of an additional reflective practice exercise to be eligible for a discounted 12 month directory entry on It’s All About You Wellbeing website

  • If you have any accessibility requirements or need support to complete the booking, attend the online training and/or complete the reflective practice exercise please let Max know before booking.


Information and booking

If you'd like to be contacted when we confirm the next dates please leave your contact details for Max Cohen on the contact page or call 07500015574.


1. Look at this Information sheet  for more details about the course.

2. Pay the fee at the time of booking in either one or two payments.

Networking Meetings 


Free monthly meeting


Saturday TBC - contact us to find out more

9.30 am - 11 am on Zoom

IAAYW invites you to a monthly networking meeting for counsellors and wellbeing practitioners who have a listing on the directory or for any other counsellors and wellbeing practitioners working with LGBTQ+ clients.

We'll introduce ourselves, share ideas and discuss topics that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ communities may be affected by

  • An opportunity to network with other professionals in Devon and the Southwest

  • Find out about LGBTQ+ events in the local area including Pride events

  • Updates about It’s All About You Wellbeing

  • Attendance certificate included


Hope you can make it - if you can't, please keep in touch and add yourself to our mailout list for future dates in our newsletters!

Please contact us to register in advance for each free Zoom meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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LGBTQ+ Counselling Student Forum

An opportunity for LGBTQ+ counselling students across Southwest England to meet and share, address the challenges and celebrate our strengths.


Meeting dates for 2024:

Online meetings are all at 7pm - 9pm and times TBC for in-person meetings

16th January - online 

17th February - Plymouth                           

13th March - online                                       

18th April - online                                         

18th May - Exeter                                         

17th June - online   

16th July - online           

14th September - Plymouth

16th October - online

16th November - Exeter

12th December - online                     


For your invitation please email


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LGBT+ awareness for small and corporate businesses


Do you want to do more than just tick the box with your LGBT+ customers or employees?

New dates to be confirmed for 2024

£45 per person for a 2 hour workshop or prices to be confirmed for bespoke sessions for companies

Join Max Cohen for an online 2 hour Zoom session to learn about the following:
What do the letters LGBTQ+ mean?
Equality Act 2010 relating to Goods and Services
Best practice in supporting LGBTQ+ employees
Making your business more accessible to customers who are LGBTQ+
Question and answer section
Resources list
Certificate of attendance


For any help with booking or arranging a free consultation about a bespoke session for your company contact Max Cohen on the contact page.

1. Please book by registering in advance using this link (when the next date is announced). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

2. Pay the fee at the time of registering using the PayPal button at the bottom of the page.

Coming soon!

Speaking out...

LGBQT+ people speak out about the things affecting them.
Facilitated conversations between LGBTQ+ people and wellbeing professionals.
Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway book
Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway ®    
Book your individual sessions and groups here based on the best selling book by Susan Jeffers Ph.D.

Max Cohen is a qualified trainer and delivers group workshops and individual sessions using the strategies and tools from the book. He is based in Exeter, Devon, UK, and is a counsellor and trainer. 

For Small Businesses & Sole Traders

New dates for 2024 will be announced soon

£45 for the two hour session

Struggling to deal with the emotional side of work in these uncertain times?

Join Max for a 2 hour online Zoom session to learn helpful strategies based on Susan Jeffers' internationally acclaimed self development book to mange fear and help you to push past pain to a sense of professional  power.

There will be a time for questions and answers and you'll have the opportunity to sign up for online workshops and individual consultations.


1. Please book by registering in advance using this link (when the next date is announced). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

2. Pay the fee at the time of registering using the PayPal button below. For any help with booking contact Max Cohen on the contact page.

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Legal webinars on Zoom

Guest speaker is Bridget Garrood


with Max Cohen

and students from University of Exeter LGBTQ+ and Law society


IAAYW invites you to two legal webinars with guest speaker Bridget Garrood, a Consultant Solicitor with Ian Walker Family Law and Mediation Solicitors.

Bridget was nominated by Exeter University students of  LGBTQ+ and Law and awarded The Exeter University Debbie Hill Alumni Volunteer Award 2020. She leads a project team for Trans and Non Binary Inclusion as part of the Law Society LGBT+ Lawyers Division Committee which aims  to improve, for trans and non-binary people (whether or not they openly identify as trans and/or non-binary) and for the legal profession as a whole. 

She is an engaging speaker and will outline points of law and legal processes including

  • Name and document changes

  • Gender Recognition Certificate and Gender Recognition Act 2004

  • Equality Act 2010

  • Family law, for example, civil partnership, marriage, divorce, domestic abuse and spousal veto

The session is facilitated by Max Cohen, a counsellor, trainer and the Founder and Director of It’s All About You Wellbeing - LGBTQ+ counselling and wellbeing in South West England.

He will talk about best practice in supporting trans+ employees at work and what trans+ people can do to look after their wellbeing during their transitioning process.

“Working well with transgender employees” - the law and best practice in supporting trans+ people in the workplace

- For employers, businesses and HR professionals

- New dates for 2023 to be confirmed

See also “What trans+ people need to know about the law”

- For trans+ and non-binary people (18 years old and over)

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