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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How do I encourage my adult son make wise decisions about his sexual health?

    I know my gay son is leading a very explorative lifestyle.

    I am concerned about his risky behaviours.

    How can I encourage him to be careful without coming across as judgemental?
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  • Jeremy Barbouttis

    Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist, Sex Therapist

    Jeremy is an expert in Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy, Sex Therapy, Relationships & Addictions. Jeremy is a Clinical Supervisor with the Australian Hypnotherapists Association.Specialisations: Stop Smoking Hypnosis, … View Profile

    You are concerned about speaking to your adult son regarding his sexual health in a non-judgmental way. A starting point might be to find a sexual health counsellor who can help you explore your own attitudes towards your son's sexuality and help to identify how they might affect your communication with your son around his sexual health. It is likely your own judgement of either how you might communicate or the material you are communicating on that will prevent your being able to speak to him about your concerns in a non-judgmental way. There are also many other factors in the relationship with your son that will affect your ability to express such concerns. Given the wide number of variables, I would advise you to reflect on your concerns with a sex counsellor who can assist you explore the issues and how best to communicate with him.

  • Karen Bartle

    Hypnotherapist

    Karen has spent many years working in private practice, integrating hypnotherapy, psychotherapy coaching, and NLP to help people overcome issues such as anxiety, phobias and … View Profile

    Asking questions rather than making statements is more likely to creat a better atmosphere between the two of you. Your son will be less inclined then to feel criticised or judged and it'll allow him to express his needs in his own way. He's more likely to explore his issues in a relaxed way if he has a listening ear and knows then that you're there for him when he's ready to change his behaviour. 

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