Fear is a factor for everyone and when it comes to joining a group and even a gay men’s group then the fear may escalate often resulting in procrastination, avoidance and non-attendance. We have certainly seen this over the years when we run our annual gay men’s group.
I’m always fascinated by how much time and money gay men are willing to spend on their appearance, entertainment, and their social lives. Many gay people I know and clients I work with don’t hesitate to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on personal training, beauty products, healthcare and skincare treatments, plastic surgery, and non-surgical beauty enhancements as well as expensive clothes.
Many gay men struggle to create intimacy and closeness with other gay men, and there are a number of reasons why this is so. The experience of growing up gay in a straight world effects us all in different ways, however there are a number of commonalities that gay men struggle with, and these struggles come to the surface when we are in intimate relationships with other men.
Gay mens’ group therapy is a powerful and effective way of changing negative patterns in your relationships and help you learn how to communicate and relate effectively to create deeper relationships with other gay men. As I prepare for our next Sydney gay men’s group therapy, one of the most common questions we get from gay men is how can group therapy help build better relationships?