59 min

Mohsin Zaidi on the psychological toll of having to hide his true self from the people he loved the most Therapy Works

    • Mental Health

"Would they prefer a gay son or a dead son was genuinely a question that went through my mind more than once a day."
In this week's episode, I am speaking to the wonderful Mohsin Zaidi about the importance of belonging and the bitter struggle he encountered with his identity. We explore:


The tension that arises when our core identities are different from what we believe they should be

Why courage is something we must grow and it may take years to find the courage to be true to oneself

How expanding our external world expands our internal world and may enable ourselves to inhabit ourselves more fully

How secrets and lies can poison and destroy you

When you despair, it's important to remember to be patient and to not put too much pressure on oneself


Julia’s Website: https://juliasamuel.co.uk/
Julia’s Instagram: @juliasamuelmbe
Read Mohsin's book here: https://www.mohsinzaidi.com/
Important Support:
Stonewall - Support for LGBTQ+: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
Mermaids - Helping gender diverse kids and their families: https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/
It Gets Better - A project to uplift and empower LGBTQ communities: https://itgetsbetter.org/
If you'd like to get in touch with the podcast team, please contact us on therapyworkspodcast@gmail.com.
A big thank you to our sponsor, BetterHelp. If you’re thinking of giving therapy a try, BetterHelp is a great option. It’s not only convenient and can be done from the comfort of your own home, but it’s also affordable. All you have to do is fill out a quick survey and you’ll be matched with a therapist! 
Visit betterhelp.com/therapyworks today to get 10% off your first month.
If you'd like to be unknown voice on Season 2, please send in a one minute video about a challenge you've faced to jsamuelpod@gmail.com.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

"Would they prefer a gay son or a dead son was genuinely a question that went through my mind more than once a day."
In this week's episode, I am speaking to the wonderful Mohsin Zaidi about the importance of belonging and the bitter struggle he encountered with his identity. We explore:


The tension that arises when our core identities are different from what we believe they should be

Why courage is something we must grow and it may take years to find the courage to be true to oneself

How expanding our external world expands our internal world and may enable ourselves to inhabit ourselves more fully

How secrets and lies can poison and destroy you

When you despair, it's important to remember to be patient and to not put too much pressure on oneself


Julia’s Website: https://juliasamuel.co.uk/
Julia’s Instagram: @juliasamuelmbe
Read Mohsin's book here: https://www.mohsinzaidi.com/
Important Support:
Stonewall - Support for LGBTQ+: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
Mermaids - Helping gender diverse kids and their families: https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/
It Gets Better - A project to uplift and empower LGBTQ communities: https://itgetsbetter.org/
If you'd like to get in touch with the podcast team, please contact us on therapyworkspodcast@gmail.com.
A big thank you to our sponsor, BetterHelp. If you’re thinking of giving therapy a try, BetterHelp is a great option. It’s not only convenient and can be done from the comfort of your own home, but it’s also affordable. All you have to do is fill out a quick survey and you’ll be matched with a therapist! 
Visit betterhelp.com/therapyworks today to get 10% off your first month.
If you'd like to be unknown voice on Season 2, please send in a one minute video about a challenge you've faced to jsamuelpod@gmail.com.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

59 min