Archive for November, 2016

sexual health

November 24th, 2016

When I was in graduate school, we were required to take one course in Human Sexuality to fulfill the national curriculum requirement, but it was sorely lacking in the bridge between theory and clinical application. As an addictions and trauma specialist since the early 90′s, I admit that my training in “sexual health” has been intermittent at best. I’ve learned a lot about problematic sexual behaviors but not as much about the true integration of sex and intimacy as we help clients feel more liberated with their sexual identity and sexual health.

I have been very fortunate through the years to collaborate with Patti Britton, a local clinical sexologist, sex coach, sex educator and author. Dr. Britton (Patti) and Doug Braun-Harvey recently gave a 6 hour workshop to the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles which was very well-received and a breath of fresh air for those of us who don’t specialize in this area. At this particular time, it seems like it’s even more important to express oneself sexually with freedom, expansion and empowerment.

As I continue to expand my personal and professional journey in this area, I invite you to consider the limitless possibilities for learning and opening a dialogue with those in your life. It’s an often overlooked discussion, but my hope is that we will continue to integrate sexual health into addiction recovery as a vital element of finding one’s recovery voice.

For more information, feel free to contact myself, Dr.Britton, Doug Braun-Harvey or someone in your area who has the expertise in this specialty area. AASECT, the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists is the largest and most reputable organization for training and resources. I wish you all a very safe, pleasant and fun holiday on this day of gratitude–gratitude for all of the limitless possibilities that exist within us regardless of external circumstances.