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Sacred Psychology with Tamara Powell, LMHC

The podcast for mystics and misfits. Through stories and interviews, Tamara takes listeners behind the veil of psychology to a place where neuroscience and spirituality go hand in hand.
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Sep 17, 2018

Can someone be addicted to sex? Exploring the hot button and much debated issue of problematic sexual behavior and why we need a different approach, especially in the U.S.!

 

In this podversation:

  • Do labels like "sex addiction" matter?
  • Can someone be addicted to sex?
  • AASECT's position on sex addiction
  • If sex addictions exist, they are likely over-diagnosed.
  • The power in asking what is this person's relationship to the behavior rather than looking at the behavior alone
  • Why shame is such a big factor in compulsive sexual behavior
  • How so many have a fundamental lack of understanding of healthy sexuality
  • You can't pain these pictures with a broad brush; it has to be individualized.
  • Why porn often feels easier than having sex/ being intimate with a partner
  • Why so many individuals may actually want their partners to be labeled as an "addict"
  • Some of the pros and cons of an addiction model as well as 12 step programs for it
  • Why Dr. Weeks advocates for more of a harm reduction model
  • What is erotic conflict?

An erotic conflict is experienced by a person who is engaging in (or even fantasizing about) a sexual behavior that conflicts with his or her moral values or religious values. For example, a person who is attracted to sex with the same sex might experience an erotic conflict because their religious beliefs tell them that same sex attraction is wrong. Their behavior conflicts with their religious beliefs. A person who is using escorts might be experiencing an erotic conflict because breaking the law is against their personal moral values. A man who is watching pornography occasionally, a few times a month, might feel as though he has a sexual addiction or pornography addiction because his religious beliefs tell him that lust and pornography are bad. Therefore, he equates any use of pornography with addiction.

- Dr. Jennifer Weeks

  • Religious believers may actually have higher incidences of problematic sexual behavior
  • The complexity trauma adds to individuals with erotic conflict or problematic sexual behavior
  • Why Dr. Weeks and I both have empathy for sex offenders
  • Could sexual imprinting play a role in our sexual scripts, erotic conflicts, and problematic sexual behavior?
  • Educate Empower Kids
  • How pornography may contribute to erectile dysfunction
  • Why the U.S.'s poor sexual education programs are creating long lasting sexual issues
  • Starving ourselves into problematic sexual behaviors (due to lack of intimacy)
  • "Sex 'addiction' is NOT about sex; it's an intimacy disorder"

Meet Dr. Jennifer Weeks

Dr. Jennifer Weeks is the founder and director of Sexual Addiction Treatment Services, an out-patient treatment program for out of control sexual behavior.

She has over twelve years experience treating all aspects of addiction, trauma and addiction, sexual addiction, and sex offenders. Jennifer is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist- Supervisor, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Dr. Weeks is the author of the blog, Dr. Jen’s Recovery Readings as well as the prevention book, The New Age of Sex Education: How to Talk to Your Teen about Cybersex and Pornography in the Digital Age.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Weeks provides continuing education training for therapists and lectures at addiction conferences throughout the US.

Connect with her further at: www.sexualaddictiontreatmentservices.com

Sep 3, 2018

Her story sounds like a Lifetime movie: abuse, rape, homelessness, exotic dancing, drugs, grief and loss, and a suicide attempt. But that's when EVERYTHING shifted. Hear how a spiritual awakening brought Jessica Valor the purpose and the passion she knew she was meant for.

In this podversation:

  • Jessica's rough start in life (e.g., childhood abuse, rape as a teenager)
  • How she found herself homeless and couch surfing for about a year
  • Jessica's introduction to the world of exotic dancing and cocaine
  • Her wake up call and return to education
  • Exploring deep wounds which may or may not be associated with stripping
  • Listening to your soul longings for more
  • The story of Mikey, a platonic soul mate, whose love and later death affected Jessica deeply
  • Spiritual partnerships and their power to transform us
  • "He witnessed my wholeness when I could not"
  • "Friendship is the insurance that everything's always going to be okay"
  • How a suicide attempt and near death experience changed EVERYTHING
  • "Never go through grief alone"
  • Jessica's process towards spiritual integration and reopening to her psychic gifts
  • "Journey of Souls" by Michael Newton
  • "Wherever you go is where you are" - embracing the archetype of healer
  • "Healing is interchangeable with evolution."

Meet Jessica:

Jessica Valor is an inspirational speaker, healer and mentor who delivers her programs to thousands of women and men entrepreneurs every year on the topics of conscious leadership, intuitive intelligence and personal development. Jessica is a clear and powerful conduit for high-level spirits.

She awakened to the strengths of her clairvoyant, healing gifts in 2011 after her own "near-death experience" where she visited heaven, met with a council of ascended masters and returned to life to help the world heal and move through ascension.

She works with change leaders all over the world offering a transformational and transcendental experience through her speaking, mentoring and energy healing academy. She has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs and spiritual seekers who are committed to their purpose and vision by helping them embody their power and understand their gifts.

Jessica lives in Atlanta, GA with her fur baby, Monji who she adores. When not inspiring thousands of leaders she is found as a domestic Goddess cooking, creating rituals, practicing yoga and of course singing and dancing to her favorite songs. She loves helping her clients rise to their highest potentials and building the foundation of #teamlove to help those in need.

Connect with her further at: http://www.jessicavalor.com/ or at Love Your Life podcast

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