I also attended the workshop last weekend, I had been thinking about getting on one for a few years but always found one reason or another not to go. Having decided to face my fears, I traveled to the workshop feeling very anxious about what to expect and whether I was doing the right thing.
What can I say, the workshop has given me a huge amount of belief that I can overcome this disability. As soon as you walk in to the meeting room you realize straight away that you are not alone and all the other guys are just normal people you could meet any day of the week. There is no pressure to do anything and the first evening is spent discussing paruresis before heading to the bar were for the first time in 20 years I felt at ease discussing my phobia with other people outside my family.
Over the next two days I tried desensing and can not believe how much progress I made. By Sunday morning I was peeing in my en-suite with the door open and two guys in the same room, later that morning I used the urinal in the hotel toilets. Unbelievable!
I realize this is just the start and I will only improve if I keep following the great advice I was given over the whole weekend, I know my condition is pretty severe but if I can make this much progress in two days then anything is possible if I keep on working at it.
Many thanks to all the guys who attended, it was a pleasure to meet you all and I really hope things are working out for you. To Andrew, Dan and Colin, thank you so much for all the work you put into this charity, you really are amazing people and deserve a huge amount of credit for running these workshops.
If you suffer from paruresis, please book yourself onto a workshop and start living your life without fear.
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