Is Sex a basic human need - Sex and Neurobiology?
July 29, 2016
Hosted by Jessica Ford, MA, M.S.W., LCSW
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The journey begins today with this first show to help you discover and connect with your sexual voice. Just what role does our brain play in how we see, connect and feel about our sexual self? Our engaging and dynamic speaker neurologist, Dr. Jim Pfaus will take us into the inter working of the brain and the neurological forces around sex. His research looks at determining how monogamy and promiscuity are inherent in the brains of every species. 'It’s just your ecological niche that determines it.' His work on mapping where pheromones and sexually conditioned neutral odors are received in the brain points to how our first sexual experience may be a guiding force in our future sexual experiences. Dr. Pfaus’s research is guiding future pharmaceutical decisions to help women who struggle with and want to improve a low libido. As we begin, we will attempt to answer the questions, is sex a basic human need and how nature and nurture may determine sexual needs and desires?
The Sexual Voice
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The Sexual Voice is a compassionate journey to discover a healthier, happier and more fruitful sexual self by utilizing the broad lens of sex therapy. The skills of master sex therapists, prominent authors, sex researchers and scholars guide you in this exploration to gain insights into your own unique sexual voice through curiosity, self-compassion and acceptance. Be empowered to filter out the voices of culture, society, religion and other influences and transcend to the authentic expression of your sexual self. Are you seeking to know more about your sexual needs? At times do you feel in conflict to the other voices in your life? If you struggle with finding the words to express your true feelings, this is the show to listen to. Connect with your authentic sexual self to understand and appreciate your own unique sexual needs and desire. Everyone has a sexual voice no matter gender or orientation.
Jessica Ford, MA, M.S.W., LCSW
Jessica Ford is a licensed clinical social worker and AASECT certified sex therapist with a private practice in Oak Creek, WI where she provides relationship psychotherapy to individuals and couples who experience challenges in their relationships and issues with sexual dysfunctions. She holds a Master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a Master’s degree in clinical social work, family systems from the University of Chicago – School of Social Administration (SSA).
Her extensive post-graduate training in sex therapy and marriage/family therapy includes work with master couples and sex therapists, Esther Perel, Dr. Sue Johnson, Terry Real, and Dr. Gina Ogden. She completed the required teacher training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and the Oasis/University of Massachusetts Medical School for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
Her professional certifications and memberships include American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapist (AASECT), Society of Sex Therapist and Researcher (SSTAR), International Society of Sex Medicine (ISSM) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She was awarded Who’s Who in American for Mental Health 2009.
After living and working in Ontario Canada for 15 years she returned to Wisconsin in 2015. She is the proud mother of two grown children, five grandchildren and a great granddaughter. In her spare time she loves to sail on Lake Michigan and garden.