Sexual attitude reassessment of sexuality educators and counsellors
I had worked as a medical practitioner in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for 18 years. In my private practice in fertility for more than 10 years, I encountered increasing women and men with sexual problems, issues of gender expression and identity, as well as sexual and reproductive issues related to gender variance and/or sexual orientation. I felt very compassionate to these clients and their partners. I also felt that our society has changed tremendously over these issues in the past two decades. I therefore studied at the University of Michigan, USA and graduated in 2016, which updated me with the latest knowledge as well as research on issues of sexuality and gender variance and a deeper understanding of the problem and solutions related to my client’s issues in order for me to help them with professionalism.
Sexual attitude reassessment (SAR)
SAR is important in any professional dealing with sexual health. The process is intense and important. It explores a wide range of issues of how sexuality and gender are discovered, expressed, desired, developed and identified in individuals and how they are powerfully shaped by social, cultural and interpersonal contexts. I have since then developed an even more profound capacity for compassion and empathy for these individuals particularly when we studied how gender is expressed since childhood and how it imposes difficulties and suffering to the children, adolescents and the parents because of the prejudiced attitude of our current society towards variance. Sexuality issues including sexual desire, attraction, orientation and physiological capacity for fluidity both at a certain time in life and over time needs to be understood with evidence-based research. As a professional dealing with sexual health, an open attitude to individuals with different forms of gender expression and identity without judgement together with our own cultural competence are very important.
The increasing importance of LBGT issues (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) in our society, is increasing its awareness. The stigma and the suffering born by children, adolescents and adults who have non-traditional sexual expression, behaviour and gender variance should be empathetically understood and alleviated. It is my goal that, as a professional with a special interest in sexual health, the mental, physical, psychological, emotional, affectational and sexual health of these normal variant individuals would from now on improved through ethical education, counselling and therapy, with the issues of social justice and prejudice addressed with updated knowledge and understanding of sexuality and gender issues by the professionals in our society.