If you're a gay man who struggles in your relationships, our Sydney gay group 'Real Intimacy' can help you to develop the skills you need to create deeper connections with yourself and other men.
Are you finding that your relationships with other gay men are shallow and dissatisfying? Perhaps you have lots of gay friends, but you never seem to be able to go deeper in your connection with those you are closest to. You have a feeling that there must be another way of relating, but you're not sure what it is or how to do it.
Maybe you feel anxious in social settings and feel awkward when you relate to other gay men. You use alcohol or drugs to build your confidence, yet the crashes keep getting bigger and you're almost always feeling down.
Or perhaps everything is ok in your life and relationships, but you think they could be a lot better and you are interested in finding out how.
Maybe you can relate to the following:
- you struggle to be intimate with other men and find it hard to express your feelings
- your relationships are superficial and shallow and your life lacks meaning and purpose
- you often worry about whether you will ever find a partner you can build a life with
- you feel anxious and nervous around other gay men and avoid social settings
- you lack the confidence to be assertive and often miss out on getting what you really want in life
- you are ashamed of your sexual orientation, or are confused about your attraction to other men
- you life is lacking excitement, happiness, laughter and joy
- you keep repeating the same relationship mistakes over and over again
If you can relate to some of these things, then you are not alone. Our 'Real Intimacy' gay mens' group may be the answer you have been looking for...
The Real Intimacy gay group is a form of group therapy that is a powerful therapeutic way of working on many personal issues that get in the way of you living a full and rich life.
Group therapy is powerful because it harnesses the power of learning through relationships. This means in the Real Intimacy gay men's group, you have an opportunity to learn how to relate in more effective and productive ways through hearing, observing and learning from others and receiving feedback on how other group members relate to you.
Think of group therapy like a small community. Within this small community, you will start to relate to others in familiar ways. Some of the ways you relate may assist you in getting what you want in your life, and some may actually get in the way of you getting what you want.
In the group you can learn through experience and relating to other men what is preventing you from creating deep and fulfilling relationships.
Our Real Intimacy gay men's group therapy is a proven therapeutic method that is effective in empowering gay men in learning to create deep, intimate and satisfying relationships with other men.
Through participating in the Real Intimacy group you can:
- develop the skills of effective communication so that you learn to ask and get what you want in life
- understand the road blocks you have to being intimate with other men
- begin to experience love, joy and laughter again
- move beyond superficial friendships and learn how to deepen your relationships with other men
- relate to other men that are looking for something deeper in life than just the 'gay scene'
- feel less anxiety and greater confidence about connecting and making friendships with gay men
- discover how to feel great about your sexuality and your sexual orientation
Group therapy may be the best investment you make for your life and your relationships.
If you are considering joining our gay men's process group, you may have some questions about the group. We hope we answer some of your questions below. If your question has not been answered, please email us.
***Please note: there is one place available in our current group. Please fill in the form at the bottom of this page to register your interest.***
FAQs About the Real Intimacy Men's Group
About Your Group Facilitator
Clinton Power is passionate about facilitating groups and has over 15 years of experience of working with the LGBTQI community and running groups in a variety of settings.
Clinton has worked with the LGBTI community since 2001, initially as an Ankali Emotional Support Volunteer for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, and soon after as a clinical counsellor when he completed his post-graduate studies in psychotherapy. Clinton has been working with LGBTQI individuals and couples as a registered therapist since 2003.
Clinton trained in interpersonal group therapy and went on to facilitate groups in a counselling training institute for 7 years. It was here that he discovered his passion for running groups and saw how powerful group therapy could be in helping people change.
Clinton has been running groups specifically for gay men since 2010.
Testimonials From Former Group Members
“I'm really glad that I did this"
“I'm really glad that I did this – it was a big risk for me. I think that I have come away with more strength and focus to move forward with my goals in life. I also got to meet and know a great, diverse group of men with whom I can hopefully count of for friendship and support in the future.”
"I learned it's OK to trust people"
“What I learned from participating in the group is it is OK to trust people and let them into my thoughts and emotions. I also learnt that the negative impression I have of myself sometimes is not truly how other people see me.”
– Male 39
“This was a unique experience"
“This was a unique experience, which I forced myself to do so that I could listen and share my feelings about this stage of my gay and male life. I found identifying with others and being able to gain from a random group of men with whom I may never have otherwise met most helpful.”
– Male 35
"The group was a wonderful experience that helped me move forward"
“What helped me was being able to relate your challenges to ones others are experiencing-to know you are not alone. The group was a wonderful experience that helped me move forward and helped me recognise my issues and understand what others are going through.”
– Male 31
"It was one of my most rewarding experiences as a gay man"
“To sum my experience of participating in the group, it was one of my most rewarding experiences as a gay man. One of the best investments I have made. I've made a whole bunch of great new friends.”
– Male 46
If you want to join the Real Intimacy group, please fill in the form below to register your interest.