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OUTthink Podcast Hits 10 Episodes!

By LGBTQI, OUTthink, Shame

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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Can you name 86 ‘sexual labels’? Sexual Fluidity and the LGBT Community

By Counselling, LGBTQI, OUTthink, TherapyNo Comments

OUTthink is a podcast that talks about issues that affect LGBTQIA+ mental health. The following is a transcript of a chat with Lisa Torney, Sex Therapist, regarding sexual fluidity and the LGBTQIA Community. OUTthink is now available to download or stream now from iTunes, Youtube and Podomatic. Lawrence Akers: Hi, welcome to OUTthink. I’m Lawrence Akers. I’m a clinical hypnotherapist, member of the LGBTQI community, and a passionate advocate for mental health. These podcasts have been made in hope of sharing insight into issues that impact on the LGBTQI community and I’m going to pass it over to my guest for this week to introduce herself. Lisa Torney: Hi Lawrence, my name is Lisa Torney, and I’m a counselor and sex therapist. LA: Excellent. So that’s going to make this one perhaps a little bit more saucier than usual we can expect. This week’s episode is looking at sexual fluidity and the pros and cons around that. So I guess the first obvious question is what is sexual fluidity? LT: Well, that’s a term that describes the way people feel about their sexuality, sexual interests, there was some thinking once that you only were attracted to men or women and…

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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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