Tuesday, July 15, 2008

LGBTQ Peer-Counselling Training Initiative, July 13 2008

The Shakti Center's LGBTQ Peer-Counselling Training Initiative - 13 July 2008

The session was held in the Center for Counselling office on Radhakrinshnan Salai, Mylapore. This session was the fourth in the series focussing on peer-counselling issues related to transgender women. Many transgender women participated in the session. Issues regarding the need for counselling were discussed. Everyone in the group shared there personal experiences, there was a lot of emotional ventilation among the group.

Sankari from Center for Counselling facilitated the session.

Some of the Issues that transgender women face was discussed. For example:

  • Feeling rejected ( family / self)
  • Livelihood options
  • Marriage / Relationships
  • Peer Pressure
  • SRS – Surgery
  • Gender related questions
  • Health
We felt by the end of the day, that places where transgender women could go for counselling or services that empowered them was very limited. Center for Counselling offered their services to transgender women who would like to seek counselling services. Sankari our full time counsellor and counselling trainer is available as a counsellor along with Magdalene Jeyarathnam.

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