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TRANS SUPPORT GROUP
Mon, 9 July 2012
A short-term support group for trans-identified individuals, which aims to provide a safe and mutually supportive environment for its members to share their personal struggles and triumphs, is being held in Joburg in August and September.
The groups will take place on Wednesday evenings (7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.) for eight weeks from 1 August until 19 September in the Roosevelt Park Area, Johannesburg.
Through the group process the participants have the opportunity to learn more about themselves and the way they interact with those around them, learn through others' struggles and triumphs, receive fresh insights and feedback from the group around concerns that may be troubling them, and provide support to others.
Clinical Psychologist Frederick Walter, who will facilitate the group, says that "one of the powerful aspects of group work is that one may often see aspects of yourself in others. These are both aspects that you embrace and aspects of yourselves and your past that are difficult to accept".
He adds: "Group membership reminds one that you are not an isolated individual but part of a broader community. It is often easy to forget this when living under continually difficult social circumstances and the fear of discrimination."
Walter completed his Masters in Clinical Psychology at the University of the Western Cape. He sees members of the LGBTI community in his practice and completed his honours research around transsexual identity at the University of Cape Town with the assistance of Gender Dynamix.
The cost is R200 per session (partly reclaimable from medical aids). Payment is in two parts: a deposit of R800 is due prior to the first session and R800 due before the fifth session.
If you are interested in participating (or would like to refer someone to the group) call him on 081 263 2217 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. An initial consultation will be set up (charged at a fee of R200) to assess whether group work is best suited to your needs. Places in the group are limited to eight members.