Mindfulness - Personal Intimacy and Presence with Self

September 16, 2016
Hosted by Jessica Ford, MA, M.S.W., LCSW

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The mindful approach is about listening without judgement to our innate wisdom of the body and mind connection through cultivating awareness, recognizing lifelong physical and mental patterns and teaching techniques and practices which expand mind-body integration. The need for mind and body connectedness in sex has prompted some new liaisons. Lori Brotto is encouraging women to bring Buddha into bed with them. 'We know a desynchrony exists where the genitals are doing one thing and the mind another, and this has a bearing on sexual response. So if we can teach women to bridge the gap between mind and body' by cultivating mindfulness, she says, 'we should be able to improve that response.' Men and women can relearn to appreciate their body and its capacity for sensual pleasure.

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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Dr. Stanley Althof


Dr. Stanley Althof earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. He completed an internship in clinical psychology at University Hospitals of Cleveland and his postgraduate work at the Menninger Foundation. He’s the Executive Director of the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida, the Consulting Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital and is also Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He and his two former partners were the 2005 recipients of the prestigious Masters and Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has been in clinical practice and research for over 30 years with the research focusing on the psychosocial aspects of sexual dysfunction and the impact on men, women, and couples. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, an Associate Editor of Handbook of Clinical Sexuality for Mental Health Professionals and Male and Female Sexual Dysfunction. View Guest page

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Dr. Meg-John Barker


Dr. Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. Meg-John published the (anti-)self-help relationship book Rewriting the Rules in 2013 and they have a number of books for the general public out in 2016 including The Secrets of Enduring Love (w/Jacqui Gabb), a comic introduction to queer (w/Julia Scheele), and a practical guide to sex (wJustin Hancock).
Meg-John is also a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and has published many academic books and papers on topics including non-monogamous relationships, sadomasochism, counselling, and mindfulness, as well as co-editing the journal Psychology & Sexuality. They were the lead author of The Bisexuality Report – which has informed UK policy and practice around bisexuality – and are currently co-editing a book on non-binary gender with similar aims in that area. View Guest page

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Dr. Lori Brotto


Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a registered psychologist in Vancouver, Canada. She has recently become Executive Director of the Women's Health Research Institute of BC. Dr. Brotto holds a Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health (2016-2021). She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on developing and testing psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women with sexual desire and arousal difficulties and women with chronic genital pain. Other major lines of research include exploring psychosocial versus hormonal predictors of women's sexual response, asexuality, sex and cancer, and genital self-image. Dr Brotto is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, is the Sexual Health expert writer for the Globe and Mail, and is frequently featured in the media on topics related to sexuality. View Guest page

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Neil Cannon, PhD.


Neil Cannon, PhD is in private practice in Denver he treats individuals and couples for all matters related to sex, intimacy and relationships. Neil is an Instructor, at the University of Michigan School of Social Work Sexual Health Certificate Program and a Professor of Marriage & Family Therapy at Denver Family Institute. Neil has been treating kinky clients for the past decade and did his doctoral dissertation on BDSM. View Guest page

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Kathryn Hall, PhD.


Dr. Kathryn Hall received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and completed advanced training in Sexual and Marital Therapy at the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal. Since 1988, she has worked with individuals and couples in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in her private practice in Princeton, NJ.
Her award winning book Reclaiming Your Sexual Self: How You Can Bring Desire Back into Your Life is still in print. She is the co-editor of Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy and The Cultural Context of Sexual Pleasure and Problems: Psychotherapy with Diverse Clients. She continues to conduct research, publish journal articles and lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of topics related to sexual issues. View Guest page

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Paul Joannides, Psy.D


Paul Joannides, Psy.D. is a research psychoanalyst. He is the author of the Guide To Getting It On, an award-winning book on sex that is used in dozens of college sex-education courses and has won praise in Rolling Stone, Playboy and Oprah Magazine.
Paul has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and the American Journal of Sexuality Education. He was awarded the 2014 Professional Standard of Excellence Award by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
Paul has been quoted in the New York Times Magazine about sex education and he has written chapters for some of the most respected reference books in sex education. He created the 90 Seconds on Sex series for Playboy/Sirius Radio. He writes on sex for Psychology Today Blogs. The NCAA approved Paul to speak to college athletes on sexuality as part of their speaker’s grant program. http://www.guidetogettingiton.com/ View Guest page

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Dr. Peggy Kleinplatz


Dr. Peggy J. Kleinplatz is Professor of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Psychology and Director of Sex and Couples Therapy Training at the University of Ottawa. She is a clinical psychologist, Board Certified in Sex Education and a Diplomate and Supervisor of Sex Therapy. She has taught Human Sexuality at the School of Psychology, University of Ottawa since 1983, and received the Prix d’Excellence in 2000.
She has edited four books, notably New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives, (Routledge, 2nd Edition), winner of the AASECT 2013 Book Award and Sexuality and Aging (2015) with Dr. Walter Bouman. In 2015, she received the Professional Standard of Excellence Award from AASECT.
She is in clinical practice and deals with sexual issues in individual, couple and group therapy and focuses on eroticism and transformation. Kleinplatz's current research is optimal sexual experience with a special interest in sexual health of the elderly, disabled and marginalized. View Guest page

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Joe Kort, Ph.D


Joe Kort, Ph.D., MSW, MA is a psychotherapist, coach and author in private practice since 1985. Its specialties include: Gay Affirmative Psychotherapy and IMAGO Relationship Therapy. His practice specializes in sex therapy and sexual identity issues, including Out-Of-Control Sexual Behavior; responsible non-monogamy/monogamy; childhood sexual, physical and emotional abuse; mixed-orientation marriages; coming out; and depression and anxiety. All services are for people of any sexual orientation. Dr. Kort graduated from Michigan State University with dual majors in Psychology and Social Work. At Wayne State University, he earned his Master's in Social Work (MSW), then a Master’s (MA) in Psychology, and has received his Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Sexology from the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists (AACS). View Guest page

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Mike Lew, M.Ed


Mike Lew, M.Ed., a psychotherapist and group therapy leader in Western Massachusetts, is director of The Next Step Counseling and Training Centre. As a cultural anthropologist specializing in the field of Culture and Personality (Psychological Anthropology), he worked with the late Margaret Mead and Colin Turnbull. After further training in Counseling Psychology, he became a leading expert on recovery from sexual child abuse, particularly issues of male survivors.
He has worked with thousands of men and women in their healing from the effects of sexual child abuse, rape, physical violence, emotional abuse and neglect. The development of strategies for recovery from incest and other abuse, particularly for men, has been a major focus of his work as a counselor and group leader. His publications include Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse. View Guest page

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Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST


Wendy Maltz, LCSW, DST, is an internationally recognized sex therapist, author, and speaker, with more than thirty-five years of experience treating sex and intimacy concerns. She authored many highly acclaimed sexuality resources, including the recovery classic, The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, as well as Private Thoughts: Exploring the Power of Women’s Sexual Fantasies, and The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography. Wendy’s popular educational website, www.HealthySex.com, provides free articles, podcast interviews, posters, videos, and more to help people overcome sexual problems and develop skills for love-based sexual intimacy. View Guest page

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Barry McCarthy, PhD


Barry McCarthy, Ph.D. workshop presenter, author, and professor. He is a professor of psychology at American University, the recipient of the Masters and Johnson award for lifetime contributions to the field of sex therapy, a certified marriage and sex therapist. He has authored 106 professional articles, 26 book chapters, and 14 books including Rekindling Desire, Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style, and Enduring Desire
Sex Made Simple, Sexual Awareness (5th edition), Therapy with Men After Sixty, Men's Sexual Health, Coping with Erectile Dysfunction, Getting It Right the First Time, Coping with Premature Ejaculation. View Guest page

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Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.


Emily Nagoski is the New York Times bestselling author of Come As You Are: the surprising new science that will transform your sex life. She has a PhD in Health Behavior with a doctoral concentration in human sexuality from Indiana University (IU), and a master’s degree (also from IU) in Counseling, with a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in human sexuality, relationships and communication, stress management, and sex education. For eight years, she was the inaugural Director of Wellness Education at Smith College, before transitioning to fulltime sex nerd, traveling the country, teaching college students, training professionals, and learning every day.
https://www.amazon.com/Come-You-Are-Surprising-Transform/dp/1476762090?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0 View Guest page

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Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT


Gina Ogden is recognized as one of the creative masters in the field of sexology. An award-winning sex therapist, researcher, and teacher. She is the author of ten books and counting, and a nationwide survey to investigate sexuality and spirituality.
She is founder of the 4-D Network for Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit, an international collaboration of practitioners. She conducts retreats and trains internationally, lectures widely, and offers online courses for professionals. She has appeared in the media from talk radios to the Oprah Winfrey Show. She supervises and trains a variety of professionals and health providers in her innovative 4-Dimensional Wheel approach.
Her ground breaking books for women, translated into a dozen languages speak to the heart of sexuality in a way that women all over the world recognize. Her integrative books for professionals guide clinicians to engage clients actively in their own deep healing. Go to www.GinaOgden.com or www.4-DNetwork.com View Guest page

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Dr. James Pfaus


Jim Pfaus received his PhD in behavioral neuroscience from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in 1990. After postdoctoral training in molecular biology and behavior at the Rockefeller University in New York City, he joined Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology, Concordia University in Montréal in 1992 where he is currently a professor of Neuroscience and Psychology. His research is generally concerned with the neurochemical and neuroendocrine functions. His particular interests are in monoamine and neuropeptide systems in sexual arousal, desire, reward and into the mechanisms of conditioned sexual responses and sexual desire in the brain. This research has received international attention and been the subject of many newspaper, magazine, and television reports, and featured in lay books about sex and sexuality. He is interviewed regularly on various news reports and syndicated programs such as the Discovery Channel and HBO/BBC "Middle Sex". View Guest page

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Dr. Caroline Pukall


Dr. Caroline Pukall, a Clinical Psychologist, is Professor of Psychology, Director of the Sexual Health Research Laboratory (sexlab.ca), and Director of the Sex herapy Service (Psychology Clinic) in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on human sexuality, with a particular focus on vulvodynia, sexual difficulties, male and female sexual arousal, and diverse relationships. In the Sex Therapy Service, Caroline trains student therapists on sex therapy techniques for clients who have sexual and/or gender issues. View Guest page

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Herbert Samuels, PhD.


Herb Samuels M.S. S.W., Ph.D. is president of the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He is Professor of Human Sexuality and past Chair of the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. He has been involved in the field of sexology for more than thirty years.
His primary work is as a sexuality educator. However, research and counseling are areas that Dr. Samuels has pursued over the years. His publications mostly concern the sexual behavior and attitudes of African-American men and women. He was a member of the board of directors of SIECUS - Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States and is currently on the board of advisors for the Sinclair Intimacy Institute, with whom he participated in the making of several sex education videos, e.g., The Better Sex Video Series for Black Couples. View Guest page

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Dr. Pepper Schwartz


Pepper Schwartz is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her B.A. and M.A. are from Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her MA/ Ph.D. are from Yale University.
She is the author & co-author of 25 books. The Normal Bar: the Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and Ten Talks with Parents about Sex and Character were on the New York Times best-seller list.
Her most recent books, published in 2015 are 50 Great Myths about Human Sexuality (Wiley) and Snap Strategies for Couples (Seal Press, Perseus). She has been profiled the mass media outlets such as USA Today, and Newsweek. She co-wrote columns on sex and health for Glamour magazine for 8 years.
She helped create the dating web site Perfectmatch.com, is a sexuality adviser for WebMD, AARP's Love, Sex and Relationship Ambassador and is one of the three experts on the hit A&E/FYI television show "Married at First Sight". View Guest page

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Alexandra H. Solomon, PhD


Alexandra H. Solomon, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor in the department of psychology at Northwestern University and a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. One of her courses is Northwestern’s internationally renowned “Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101,” which combines traditional and experiential learning to educate students about key relational issues like intimacy, sex, conflict, acceptance, and forgiveness.
Solomon’s articles on love and marriage have appeared in The Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Family Process, and other top publications in psychology. Her work also appears in Yahoo! Health and The Huffington Post, and she is a frequent interviewee and contributor for the Oprah Network and O Magazine.
Her first book, Loving Bravely: 20 Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want (New Harbinger) will be published in February, 2017. http://www.dralexandrasolomon.com View Guest page

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Leah Valian, M.S.W., RSW, RST


Leah Valian, M.S.W. RSW is a registered Clinical Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and is a registered Sex Therapist BESTCO-Board of Examiners of Sex Therapy & Counseling in Ontario. She is the director of Couple Health a relationship and sex therapy counseling centre serving Ayr, Stratford and Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario Canada.
She is a member of SSTAR (Society of Sex Therapy and Research). Esther Perel, Gina Ogden and other master therapists have mentored her. Leah is passionate about our human right to enjoy our best lives particularly regarding sensuality and sexuality. Vibrant and healthy relationships with our self and others offer a potent source of well-being. She believes that compassion and creativity are essential to helping move us through the relationship dilemmas we all face. For more information regarding Leah check out http://couplehealth.ca/. View Guest page

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