Joel's Blog

World AIDS Day 1st December 2018: Dearest Mark

My first boyfriend Mark died rom HIV when I was just 18 years old. I have come to the realisation that Mark is still alive in me. The love and compassion I have for him is still alive today. He is the person who helps me find the drive for my work in the HIV community today.

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My Gender Queer Journey

Somewhere on my journey of finding myself I discovered my Gender Queer Identity. Gender Queer means a person like me, who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions but identifies with neither, both, or a combination of male and female genders.

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Transition

In this blog I am going to talk about the concept of Transition. At the start of my week I offer group work around bereavement to those aged 18+. The themes in the middle of my week are culture, emotional well-being, gender, identity and sexuality.

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Loneliness

In this blog I am going to discuss loneliness, not such a new phenomenon. Loneliness has often presented itself in my therapy room. In my younger years loneliness was a feeling that I would do anything to avoid or find ways to numb it away.

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Transcultural Therapy

In this blog, I am going to look at Transcultural Therapy (also known as Intercultural Therapy) and explore how it differs from mainstream counselling. The approach considers the whole being of the client and the client’s cultural experience in the world...

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