In the case of The Circle : A few friends and I felt that people around us were too afraid of therapy and we’d been hearing a lot of cases of child sexual abuse and just general assault in the lives of a lot of friends- both men, women and everyone else. This was when we were in undergraduate college. We just wanted to create space that is co created by everyone who participates. In the case of The Queer Question: My partner and I wanted to make ourselves visible and available to ask questions to, for anyone whether in the queer community or not. We wanted to do this in the hope of demystifying being queer in the country and to be the models we were looking for when we were younger to let young queer people know that it is okay to be gay 🙂
We do targeted, small sessions that try to dispel myths surrounding mental health. Usually open spaces without topics, sometimes with topics, activities and spaces created to administer movement therapy, pet therapy and others with professionals present.
The Circle usually uses the idea that strangers are sometimes better to talk to than friends- because strangers often know nothing about you, no background, no idea. They often can objectively confront certain situations with a lot more help being offered than friends can. Secondly, a lot of the people who attend our sessions leave saying I thought I was the only one, but I know I’m not. We all have the habit of thinking the world is against us, and that view often changes when we know we have a few on this side of the line as well that could help us become better versions of ourselves.
I tend to use a lot of humour, when I facilitate, I can think quickly and I love playing and creating conversation. I’m well read in some areas and am a research student so I guess I have theoretical knowledge I can apply.