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Smart Sex, Smart Love – It’s time to be the author of your own story

Are you surviving or thriving during this global pandemic? Are you living your best life right now? How are you responding to so many unforeseen changes? During the pandemic, many of us are facing unique challenges that test our resilience. George Khamis, therapist with The Center for Relationship and Sexual Health in Royal Oak, Michigan,…

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Smart Sex, Smart Love – How do you begin to uncover your erotic identity? Inquiry, meaning and purpose in sex

Sex can, and should, be an access point to an immense internal world. In healing our connections to ourselves and others, we uncover a powerful way of being in our bodies, our relationships, and our lives. Finn Deerhart, sex counselor, coach, Tantra facilitator and public speaker, discussed this subject during a Smart Sex, Smart Love…

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Smart Sex, Smart Love – Why are men stigmatized and women fetishized when it comes to maintaining appearance?

Recently I’ve been posting videos on TikTok about many different mental and sexual health topics, and the response has been surprisingly overwhelming … unfortunately. I was shocked that some were not listening to my messages; they were shaming me and personally attacking me because I wear a hair piece. This Smart Sex, Smart Love podcast…

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Smart Sex, Smart Love – Episode 56 Dr. Holly Richmond on How the Latest Innovations in Sex Tech are Transforming the Way we Mate, Relate and Masturbate.

On this week’s show Joe is delving into the world of sex tech with his guest, Dr Holly Richmond. They chat about how the latest innovations in sex tech are transforming the way we mate, relate and masturbate. “Sex tech is redefining how we have sex,” says Holly. “It’s not heteronormative penis/vagina sex anymore these…

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Smart Sex, Smart Love – Episode 55 Hayden Dawes on Doing the work: Talking Racism, Self-Compassion, and Radical Permission

On this week’s show, Joe is joined by Hayden Dawes, LCSW, LCAS, to talk about racism, self-compassion, and radical permission. Hayden, who describes himself as a Compassion Warrior, Social Worker, Mental Health & Intersectionality Therapist, believes radical permission is a powerful practice that is life-changing. His work examines the psychosocial challenges impacting people of color…

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Smart Sex, Smart Love – Episode 54 Peter Bippus on Difficult Topics Around Male Sexual Assault

On this episode Joe meets Marriage & Family Therapist, Peter Bippus to talk about survivors of male sexual assault. Having worked with a host of populations from inmates awaiting trial, to families coming to terms with their transitioning children, to survivors of domestic abuse, Peter is not one to shy away from difficult topics. He…

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Smart Sex, Smart Love – Episode 53 Shadeen Francis on The Transformative Power of Pleasure

“Pleasure is about the experience of feeling good,” say’s today’s guest, licensed psychotherapist, media personality and author, Shadeen Francis. “Pleasure is hardwired into our nervous system!” Known for her signature brand of warmth and humor, all of Shadeen’s work is inspired by her commitment to helping people live lives full of peace and pleasure. In…

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Smart Sex, Smart Love – Episode 52 Charon Normand-Widmer on Somatic Psychotherapy and Sex Therapy

On this episode, Joe is talking about somatic psychotherapy and how it relates to sex therapy, with Licensed Master Clinical Social Worker, Charon Normand-Widmer. Charon practices at The Center for Relationships and Sexual Health in Royal Oak, Michigan. She specializes in working with individuals seeking support navigating erotic, gender and sexual identity challenges; alternative relationships;…

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Smart Sex, Smart Love – Episode 51 Brian McNaught on Intimacy and LGBTQ Older Adults

On today’s show, Joe is joined by certified AASECT sexuality educator, presenter and author, Brian McNaught, to chat about Intimacy and LGBTQ older adults. Forty percent of Americans age 65 to 80 are sexually active. Before the COVID containment, sexually transmitted infections were on the rise in nursing homes. Even if they’re unable to perform…

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Smart Sex, Smart Love – Episode 50 Bradley Birkholz and Jason Villarreal on ‘Side Guys’ – Gay Men Who Enjoy Sex Without Anal Penetration.

On this episode, Joe is talking about ‘Side Guys’ – Gay Men Who Enjoy Sex Without Anal Penetration with YouTuber, LGBTQ+ activist, and writer, Bradley Birkholz and Latino nurse practitioner, Jason Villarreal. Gay men are constantly referring to and defining themselves as “tops”, “bottoms”, “Verse”, Top Verse, Bottom Verse”. When they consider dating or simply…

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