Moving from Sexual Shame to Sexual Health

Operational definition for sexual shame “Sexual shame is a visceral feeling of humiliation and disgust toward one’s own body and identity as a sexual being and a belief of being abnormal, inferior and unworthy. This feeling can be internalized but also manifests in interpersonal relationships having a negative impact on trust, communication and physical and emotional intimacy. Sexual shame develops across the lifespan in interactions with interpersonal relationships, one’s culture and society and subsequent critical self-appraisal (a continuous feedback loop). There is also a fear and uncertainty related to one’s power or right to make decisions, including safety decisions, related to sexual

Therapist Bookshelf: What books have been meaningful to multiple clients lately

I’m an avid reader and audible book listener and one of my reading and listening goals is to find both research and resources to better support my clients. The past month, I’ve had multiple meaningful conversations with clients about the following books. Whenever I see a book reach multiple clients in positive ways I want to share them with others! Here is a book quick review of the following books that are most talked about right now in my clinical practice: 1.Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle Hardcover Emily Nagoski, Phd and Amelia Nagoski, MDA I’m a huge fan of Emily’s work in general because it combines both cutting edge research with practical and applicable tips and eve

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