Sydney Gay Counselling is soon starting our next gay men’s group therapy in Sydney. The group will be facilitated by myself, Clinton Power, and my colleague, Adam McLean.
Group therapy is as effective as individual therapy and significantly more cost effective.
- I have superficial relationships that never go deeper.
- My relationships never last and I get bored quickly and move on.
- I can’t stop judging or criticizing myself and how I look.
- I feel like I just don’t belong in the gay community or anywhere else.
- I feel lonely, disconnected, depressed or isolated.
- I struggle to connect with other gay men and feel awkward on the gay ‘scene’.
- I’m unsure about my sexuality and scared about what being gay might mean.
- I’ve only just come out and have no idea how to begin connecting with other men.
If you can relate to any of those statements, then group therapy could be beneficial for you. Many gay men have benefited from participating in group therapy and have then been able to form and maintain loving and supportive relationships through participating in a group.
- Develop a deeper relationship with yourself and other gay men.
- Experience support around issues that other men relate to.
- Feel less isolated, alone and lonely.
- Feel more connected and understood by other men.
- Discover what are your blocks to emotional intimacy.
- Develop your feelings of self-worth and esteem.
- Learn how to create stronger relationships with other men.
- Silence your critical thoughts and judgements of others and yourself.
Gay men’s group therapy is an opportunity to feel connected to like-minded people and receive support and understanding for many issues that others closely relate to.
You might be wondering who participates in gay men’s group therapy. The answer is many different types of men, but here are some examples of who is suitable for group therapy.
What Types of Men Participate in Group Therapy?
- Single men that have problems starting or sustaining relationships.
- Men in relationships that have problems getting and staying close with their partner.
- Single men that avoid being close to other men.
- Single men that have lots of casual sex but never go deeper or commit to another man.
- Men in relationships who feel that something is missing, but they are not sure what.
- Men who cycle through many relationships and can’t find one partner to share their life with.
- Men in good relationships that want to make them even better.
Group therapy is not for everyone and it is important that your individual circumstances are appropriate for participating in group therapy.
Group Therapy is NOT Suitable for you if :
- You are experiencing violence in your relationship.
- You suffer from a serious or severe form of mental illness.
- You have a physical dependence on illicit drugs or alcohol and use on a daily/weekly basis.
- You have been violent to others and struggle to manage your anger or rage reactions.
- You have huge mood swings that range from deep depression to extreme highs.
All of these conditions are potentially serious and may require the attention of an individual or couple counsellor.