Group Therapy FAQ

FAQ – Support Group for Bi People

If you are considering joining our curious, questioning and coming out bi support group, you may have some questions about the group. We hope we answer some of your questions below. If your question has not been answered, please email us.

What is the structure of the Support Group for Bi People group?

The next ‘bi support group will run weekly for 6 weeks. The location is close to the Melbourne CBD at a venue to be announced. The group will be closed, which means no new members will join once the group has commenced. There will be a maximum of 6-8 members and 1 facilitators.

What are the dates of the next group?

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Is the group free?

No. I am a therapy practitioner who operate in private practice. There is no federal or state funding to provide services for free. I also believe that by making a financial investment in attending the group that you are also investing in yourself. This will lead to you having better outcomes from your participation in the group.

How much does the Bi support  group cost?

Our support group is a very economical way of receiving therapy for a lot less than the cost of individual therapy. The fee is $60 +GST per 2-hour session. The total financial commitment to the group is $360.00 (incl. GST).

A non-refundable weeks payment upfront ($360) is required to secure your place.

What is your refund policy?

Due to the nature of organising a group of this nature and the necessity to know how many group members there will be, your commitment is for all 6 sessions. If you miss a session for any reason, you will not receive a refund for that session. If you decide to change your mind about whether the group is right for you at any stage of the group process, you will not receive any refund of fees. The deposit is non-refundable to cover administration costs.

We will do our best to fully explain what the group experience is like so that you can make a well-informed decision. Our feedback speaks for itself and we encourage you to read what others have said about the group experience as an indication of what kinds of experiences and outcomes members can expect.

I’ve never been in a bi support  group before. How does it work?

  • You will need to participate in the group to get the most out of it.
  • You will develop personal goals that you will work on in the group.
  • The group will have a ‘here and now’ focus. This means you will share your thoughts and feelings in the present moment with the group and other members.
  • Giving and receiving feedback with other members is a part of the process. This is how you learn about the unique way that you relate to others.

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What types of people participate in the Bi Support  group?

You don’t need to be a specific type of person to join the group,

This group is for people who have identified as bisexual, pan sexual, or bi curious. you may be in a mixed orientation relationship (straight/bi) or just come out of a relationship. You may have just come out or are thinking about coming out

Who is NOT suited to the Bi Support group?

Not everyone is suitable for group therapy. Group therapy may not be for you if:

  • You are experiencing violence in your relationship.
  • You suffer from a serious or severe form of mental illness.
  • You have a physical dependence on illicit drugs or alcohol and use on a daily/weekly basis.
  • You have been violent to others and struggle to manage your anger or rage reactions.
  • You have huge mood swings that range from deep depression to extreme highs.

All of these conditions are potentially serious and may require the attention of an individual or couple counsellor.

What do you discuss in the Bi Support group?

Each week, depending on the needs of the members, themes are set as a  springboard for you to explore and discuss the relationship issues that you are experiencing as a gay man.

The following themes are by no means exhaustive but will help you to get an idea of how we structure each weekly session.

Some of the themes we will explore in the 6 weeks include:

  • Sexual identity and sexuality.
  • your experience of coming out
  • Coming out late in life.
  • relationships and being bi
  • reactions of friend and family
  • making friend and building new relationships
  • sexual relationships and sexual safety
  • Boundaries and staying safe. How comfortable am I in playing safe?
  • How do I negotiate my needs and wants in a relationship without hurting the other?
  • Why am I always putting others first and myself last?
  • Exploring when being bi is not the issue.
  • Looking for love in the wrong places.

We also encourage you to bring your own issues or themes that you want to bring to the group for discussion. There will always be time for reflections about the previous group and how you are progressing with your personal goals.

Who is the facilitator and what experience does he have?

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