Orientations - Rewriting what we think we know

August 26, 2016
Hosted by Jessica Ford, MA, M.S.W., LCSW

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Orientation – who we are romantically and-or sexually attracted to or not. The concepts of sexual orientation are now more inclusive than ever before. There is pansexual, asexual, bi-sexual, transgender and Kink-BDSM and even pedophilia are being considered orientations. Our orientation defines our relationships and our basic sexual identity. Dr. Meg-John Barker expands the lens of sex therapy to see how we engage in non-monogamous relationships. Their work as a relationship anarchist is compelling. They have particular expertise around bisexuality, openly non-monogamous relationships, Kink-BDSM and non-binary gender. Looking Back - what words, phrases and images have helped you learn to express your sexual voice and identify you basic sexual needs. Stay tuned as we take a look back at what we shared with you over the past 4 great shows.

The Sexual Voice

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.

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Jessica Ford, MA, M.S.W., LCSW

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.

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