OUTthink – An LGBT Podcast Retrospective

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OUTthink – An LGBT Podcast Retrospective This episode of OUTthink, we’re going back in time! Since beginning late 2016, I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to meet and chat with some truly inspiring people within the LGBT community and discuss their stories or gain their insights into some of the bigger issues that exist out there within our community. The challenge for me is that, as a podcast that has no intention to benefit financially, bandwidth can be limited and so we’ve reached a point where I have to clean up and create space. With that in mind, and with a desire to keep some of the key lessons and insights from the earlier episodes, we delve back to explore those initial handful of OUTthinks with our guests Daniel Cordner, Lisa Torney and Joe Busuttil. About Daniel Cordner Daniel was our very first guest way back in 2016. In fact, OUTthink went from being an idea to being a reality due to a catch-up and coffee with Danny where I found our conversation came so thick and fast that it prompted me to tell him about this podcast idea that I had and wondered if he would like…

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World AIDS Day 2017

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World AIDS Day 2017 World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Over the past few years, we’ve seen some incredible advancements in the fight against HIV and even steps towards potentially finding a cure. All this is news that is worth getting truly excited about, especially given current estimates see approximately 32 million people globally living with HIV. The fight against HIV and AIDS is not over yet. We have a generation of adults now who have never known a world without the presence of HIV and AIDS. Coupled with the fact that HIV is no longer a death sentence, it seems to be that there has become an increase in the amount of activity that could potentially transmit the virus and an apathy towards the outcome. We need to realise that the fight against HIV and AIDS is not over yet and that we do have the potential, if we all play our part, to eradicate this…

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OUTthink Will Be Back In 2018

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OUTthink Will Be Back In 2018 A little over a year ago, the first episode of the podcast OUTthink was published to the world. The aim of OUTthink was simple; to create more discussion and awareness around the LGBTQIA community and mental health issues. Over the course of the first ‘season’, our topics ranged from discussions on transgender, sexual fluidity, anxiety, shifting friendships, HIV acceptance, the impact of shame, and even a look at how we use comedy as a form of defense mechanism. In each episode, the aim was to have a casual conversation that held no objective other than to explore the topic openly and to consider what advice or insight our guests could offer based on their own experiences. What next for OUTthink? I’d really love to hear from people as to what kinds of topics and guests they would like the podcast to explore next. Our guests tend to fall into two categories; people who are specialists in their area and who can offer us advice or people who have experienced challenges and difficulties and who has a resilience that is inspiring and insightful. If there is one aim I have with OUTthink, it is to…

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OUTthink Is Taking a Quick Break… And Will Be Back Soon!

By LGBTQI, OUTthink, Relationships, Shame

OUTthink Is Taking a Quick Break… And Will Be Back Soon! As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time to continue to produce a podcast series like OUTthink. Between approaching guests, organising times, recording, editing, uploading and publicising, there is a lot of work involved! With that in mind, OUTthink is taking a short break to make time to record new guests and to get some insightful and engaging content together. We’ve got some awesome guests coming up in the very near future! In the meantime, there is six months of OUTthink to go back over if you haven’t heard them all already. Below are some of the most successful episodes as streamed on Youtube to date! Ep 9 – Brian Madigan – Naked Gay Man Brian Madigan runs Get Naked Guru and this podcast looks at stripping ourselves down to our vulnerable self and being authentic. It is also the one and only video OUTthink podcast we’ve done to date but something that we’re exploring as a more regular format in the near future. Ep 11 – Matthew Cooksey – The Velvet Rage I approached Matthew to do an OUTthink episode on the book, ‘The Velvet Rage’…

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Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 19/03/17

By Anxiety, Confidence, Habits, Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy, LGBTQI, Mindfulness, NLP, Phobia, PTSD

Getting Mental Health On The Line – Weekending 19/03/17 This is a weekly post to act as an additional resource for both clients and fellow therapists alike. This week, we’re presenting some of the best from the past week featuring topics as diverse as the infamous rewind technique for phobias with a Dan Jones twist, a Trolls Mindfulness exercise for kids, looking at Persuasion, overcoming challenges for public speaking, hypnosis and PTSD, self-sabotage and PTSD, and lastly, a look at how mental health, sexual health, HIV, and Drugs are all tied together with gay men. If you have a video that you would like featured in our weekly roundup, then drop Lawrence a line with a link to your video. Overcome a Fear of Needles: Phobia Treatment: Rewind Technique By Dan Jones Hypnosis In this video I guide you through the rewind technique to help you overcome a fear of needles. The process is interactive and quite fast, so you may need to listen a few times to get used to the process and to following the process, and to deciding on what memories to use to de-traumatise. It is usually best to use the first memory (often the cause),…

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OUTthink Podcast Hits 10 Episodes!

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OUTthink Podcast Hits 10 Episodes! So, let’s be honest… hitting 10 episodes of a fortnightly podcast isn’t really that big of a deal however it felt like it was time to begin speaking a little bit more about this podcast that I’ve been investing some time and energy into. OUTthink is a podcast aiming to shine a light into some of the mental health and psychological issues that impact on the LGBT community. In my previous posting ‘Why I Created OUTthink‘, I outlined that LGBT folk have a unique relationship with shame during our childhood development. As kids, we knew we were different. We weren’t sure exactly in what way. We definitely couldn’t put a label on it, yet we could feel it and we knew the other kids knew too. As a result, we often allow the toxic effects of shame take impact; creation of the false self, rage, people pleasing, addiction – all common ways to deal with this feeling underneath that we were inescapably flawed and unlovable. As we find out place in ‘the community’, we begin to move more towards dismantling these shame messages and becoming more authentic. OUTthink really aims to both bring topics that…

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OUTthink – Episode 10 – Dean Beck – Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs

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OUTthink – Episode 10 – Dean Beck – Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs I’ll be honest; I approached this interview with a certain amount of anxiety. Here I was, about to sit down with one of Australia’s most well-known LGBT interviewers, who’s body of work covers all aspects of the Australian (and international) LGBT world. Our topic; Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs – four topics that are so interconnected yet rarely approached in that way. In this chat, we discovered why it is so rarely attempted. We touch on several points around each of the topics before, hopefully, bringing them all together around the concept of individual identity towards the end. It’s a 30-minute journey worth having a listen to! About Dean Beck Producer. Broadcaster. Community Advocate. ENUF Ambassador. Dean Beck has over 5 years experience as a broadcaster and radio producer. Dean is the founder and original presenter of community radio’s most popular show about sex, sexuality and self, Hide And Seek. He presents the nationally syndicated interview program Word For Word, heard each week on JOY 94.9 and across the Community Radio Network. He also presents a weekly news and current affairs program, On…

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OUTthink Episode 2 – Discovering Self-Acceptance Post-HIV

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December 1st is World AIDS Day; an opportunity to reflect upon how far we’ve come in the fight against HIV as well as a chance to continue to bring awareness to the world about safe sex practices. While HIV is no longer the death sentence that it once was, the impact of becoming HIV+ can still have a significant impact on that person’s mental health. HIV doesn’t discriminate either. While HIV has long been associated with the gay and lesbian community, the reach of this virus goes far beyond that. When a person becomes HIV+, there is the likelihood that they’ll be dealing with new issues around shame. Because of the means of transmission, they may feel ashamed to talk openly about their circumstances. They may decide to keep the diagnosis secret initially while they aim to make sense of what they should do next and who they should tell. They may go through a sense of anger or denial or experience a sense of their mortality that becomes increasingly uncomfortable for them. They may find that their own self-talk around who they are becomes quite negative and they may find it hard to reach acceptance that people do make…

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POSITIVE CHANGE Campaign 2016

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This time last year, I set out to make the last few weeks of the year really count. I was completing my Diploma of Hypnotherapy and felt a strong desire to work on real presenting issues and use the skills I had spent the prior two years learning to help make change in people’s lives. At the same time, I felt that I wanted to give back to the LGBTQIA community, of which I had been a part of for so many years of my life. I came up with my own campaign, ‘Positive Change’. It allowed me to see clients, to offer them assistance and to allow their change to help provide assistance to those people living with HIV. As a result, it allowed me to hand over $450 to the Victorian AIDS Council at the end of the last year, made in memory of Kerrie Le Gore, a wonderful Melbourne entertainer and local legend who had sadly passed away a few weeks prior. This year, I’d like to do it all again. This time, I’d love to be able to get in front of more people, help promote more change and, in turn, be able to offer a…

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OUTthink – Chat with Daniel

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The following is a transcript of the first podcast of ‘OUTthink’. It’s the first part of a two-part podcast. OUTthink is now available to download or stream now from iTunes, Youtube and Podomatic. Lawrence Akers: Hi, and welcome to OUTthink. My name is Lawrence Akers. I am a clinical therapist, a member of the LGBTQI community, and a passionate advocate for mental health. I’m going to pass it over to my guest to introduce himself for this week. Daniel Cordner: Good day! My name’s Daniel Cordner. I’m a graphic designer, I’m a bike rider, I like to dig in the garden, vegetarian, I love to train handstands, and I’ve also been living with HIV for 11 years. LA: Thanks Danny. So living with HIV for the past 11 years — obviously it’s something that’s become a part of your life and it’s something that you’re quite comfortable with. Let’s start perhaps by going right back to the start and perhaps talking a little bit about what it was back then to be diagnosed HIV positive. DC: So I was diagnosed 11 years ago. HIV was a very different thing 11 years ago. So when I was first diagnosed, I was…

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