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Mardi Gras Caption Contest!

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (3)

Mardi Gras is coming and we need your help! We need some same sex and poly themed postcards to let the world know that Imanadari Counselling is a fun (and safe) space for same sex attracted couples and poly peeps.


Help us caption our post cards with some same sex attracted and poly misunderstandings.


For example -


"And then I realised... I was caught in the lesbian web of death."

"And then I realised...that's not what drag racing means"

"No, no, my husband's partner is lovely - it's just her girlfriend I can't stand!"


Leave your best caption in the comments. Our favourite caption will receive a $50 gift voucher from Max Black and will go on our new postcards to be used at Mardi Gras Fair Day and beyond.


BDSM Correlated With Psychological Wellbeing

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

A new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has shown a correlation between BDSM and robust mental health.


 

The study compared individuals who participate in BDSM with a group of controls and looked at personality traits such as extraversion, neuroticism, attachment style and general wellbeing. It found that while individuals who engage in BDSM tend to be less agreeable, more open to new experiences, less neurotic, and report a greater overall level of psychological wellbeing.

 


Past studies have tended to focus on whether or not people who practice BDSM have higher rates of depression or other mental health issues (spolier - they don’t). What is unique about this study is that it is one of the first to look at the BDSM community from a perspective of health and personality differences, rather than simply searching for signs of psychopathology.

 


Of course, while it definitely is a step in the right direction, the study also raises more questions than it answers. Does this mean that practicing BDSM raises your psychological well being, or is understanding and being in touch with your sexuality the key? Are people who are open to new experiences simply more likely to have tried a whole range of different sexual activities, and discovered that they enjoy BDSM? Are there any unique positive personality traits that might also be present in groups of people who identify as sexually “vanilla”, or asexual?


Hopefully there will be more research to come as the psychological community increases it’s understanding of the role of sexuality as a fundamental part of mental health and wellbeing.


Want to know more?


You can find a summary of the study here, or find out how to stay safe sane and consensual here.

 

Our New Imanadari Postcards

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Imanadari Counselling at the Fetish Night Markets

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Check us out at the Fetish Night Markets, this Friday the 28th of September! Starts at 6:00pm at Citygate Central, Thomas St, Haymarket. 

Come along to our table and say hello!

Survey for LGBTIQ/alternative sexualities in the UK

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone!

Reposting for Joseph De Lappe at Pink Therapy - Joseph is a Kink Aware therapist in the UK, and is currently running a survey for the UK community -

Where do you go when your relationship(s) are in distress?

We want to reach LGB and T identified people, plus all the other GSD groups: people who identify as asexual, kinky, poly, swingers/those in The Lifestyle. Basically anyone who might feel that mainstream counselling or relationship therapy isn't for them.

 

All data is anonymous and confidential and cookies have been disabled for additional security. The survey link is

 [https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GSDsupport]

Should you want any further information, or have any comment to make, please feel to contact the researcher Joseph De Lappe [email protected]