Rob rushed into his first session with me, gym bag on one shoulder, briefcase on the other, 10 minutes late and out of breath. He set his bags down, gently put his Blackberry on the table in front of him, and heaved himself onto the couch. As he paused, awaiting my response, quite honestly, I was awaiting my response as well. I knew this was not Rob's first experience in therapy and that a lot was riding on what I was about to say. Rob had been referred by a former client of mine he'd met in an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
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By Melisa Raney, with illustrations by Ian Berry. Melisa Raney is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Atlanta with her two children. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. CNN By the time you reach your 30s, you think you know yourself -- your likes, your dislikes, what inspires you, what makes you tick.
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Decades ago when gay people faced ostracism and the threat of prosecution in the UK and other Western nations, many chose to marry and disguise their sexuality. But even with increased tolerance now some choose to take the same path. Nick, who is in his 50s, has been married to his wife for 30 years.
It was the height of the Aids crisis and she was in the waiting room of an inner-city STI clinic, frequented by those most at risk of HIV: gay men, injecting drug users, sex workers. A positive result, back then, would have been a death sentence. In the clinic a friendly gay counsellor asked Megan to step into his room and asked her if everything was OK.