How It All Started

Written By Richard Cooper 01/02/2016
Phoenix Thinking: LGBTQ+ is a self-development/coaching company created in 2015. Our mission is to work with members of the LGBTQ community, helping them strive for future happiness by encouraging personal pride and acceptance of who they are.
As a gay man, I am very proud of the achievements made within national and international LGBTQ communities over the past 30 years. While we have seen amazing breakthroughs, there is still a lot to be done, and that is what PT: LGBTQ+ is here for: continued progress, but on an individual and personal level.
As you move through the website you will discover what services we offer, what coaching is, and how Phoenix Thinking: LGBTQ+ will help you feel good about you. We will empower you to regain control of your life, your pride, and your future.
After coming out, I honestly thought that was it – life would now be easy. Turns out that was only the beginning. Coming out opened my eyes to a whole new world, a world I struggled to understand, appreciate and get along with. While this may sound overly dramatic to our straight friends, anyone who has felt this struggle will understand the confusion.
On a night out to a local gay club with my friend (and now business partner), I explained the struggles, the prejudice and the emotional upheaval of being a gay man. We discussed the fear of coming out to friends, family and work colleagues, the worry of being judged, the various stereotypes placed on the community, the boxes we are assigned to, the discrimination, the need to keep up appearances, and the overwhelming pressure to look good. I started to realise that I can’t be the only one who has felt this pressure, this fight for acceptance within a community I thought would instantly welcome me. This got me wondering: can I help those in the LGBTQ community overcome these struggles? Completely out of character, I didn’t even make it to the dancefloor to cut some shapes that night!
After another failed relationship, and the issues that presented, I began to take a keen interest in self-development. This came alongside the launch of Phoenix Thinking,  Hayleys business venture that specialises in personal coaching, assisting clients in living stronger, more empowered and happier lives. As a concept, I thought this was definitely something the LGBTQ+ community would benefit from, triggering my decision to become a coach. However, with the additional struggles we face, I decided a dedicated business was needed – Phoenix Thinking: LGBTQ+ was born.
Richard Cooper
Owner Phoenix Thinking: LGBTQ+
Hayley Blaise
Partner Phoenix Thinking: LGBTQ+