Themes: therapy, counseling, change, conflict resolution, communication issues, resentment, relationship issues
So, you made it to therapy! You know I'm really excited for you. But there's a common frustration that many clients have when sitting next to their partner in the office: (a) my spouse is being fake in front of the therapist, or (b) why is my spouse changing so quickly when I've been begging them to do the same thing for years?
Let's talk about it.
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#74 – Are You Avoiding Sex with your Spouse?
12:18Episode Notes Themes: avoidant attachment, low desire, low sex drive, intimacy issues Be honest: are you avoiding sex with your significant other? There are many reasons that engaging with sexual intimacy can be unappealing in a relationship. This episode explores some of the possible reasons... and how to start addressing the issue. Work with Me Visit myintimacytherapist.com to book a free 15-minute consultation for sex therapy in the state of Georgia
#73 – Identify What You Like about Sexual Intimacy
8:28Episode Notes Themes: sexual intimacy, communication, relationship issues, sex therapy, low desire Your ability to directly communicate what you like about intimacy - both to your significant other and to yourself - is HUGE if you want to get on the same page in your sex life. So challenge yourself: do you know what you like and why? Work with Me Book a consultation at myintimacytherapist.com Follow @myintimacytherapist on Instagram!
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#72 – What is Relationship OCD? with Alex Bishop
49:57Episode Notes Themes: relationship anxiety, relationship ocd, anxious attachment, avoidant attachment, dating anxiety, new relationship, self-sabotage Do you feel constant, intense urges to end your relationship? Or feel your brain being hyper-critical of your partner - even though you feel that they are safe and a good match for you? If so, the term "relationship OCD" or "relationship anxiety" might help shed light on what is going on. Our guest for this episode is Alex Bishop, a registered counselor from Canada: "Hi, I’m Alex! As someone who has struggled relationally with a diverse spectrum of issues from relationship anxiety/ROCD, disorganized attachment, intimacy and commitment issues, and doubt, I get how difficult it can be to be in a relationship and feel settled and secure. I know what it’s like to desperately want to be committed and feel open-hearted and at the same time want to run for the hills! With all of the internal disorganization I was experiencing, I knew I needed help and that the only way through my relationship problems was to seek professional help. In my healing through various different modalities from one-to-one therapy, group work, psychedelic medicine, and breath and bodywork I slowly worked towards more security within. I became better able to communicate my thoughts and feelings, I no longer felt a massive desire to run away, my doubt about whether I was with the right person dissolved and I learned that everything I had been experiencing in my intimate relationships had ties to childhood trauma and relational wounding. I learned that it wasn’t safe to get close to people and open my heart. My continued healing allows me to open my heart more and more and enjoy a safe, loving relationship. Transcending these difficulties allows me to now guide others into doing the same. As a Registered Counsellor I now help others with a wide range of personal and relational issues work towards a more fulfilling loving relationship with their partner and themselves!" Work with Alex Instagram @forloveweheal Website www.forloveweheal.com
#71 – Relationship Advice Can Be Harmful Comparison
11:50Episode Notes Themes: comparison, avoidant attachment, perfectionism, relationship advice, relationship OCD In your most well-meaning attempt to gain guidance and clarity, you ask a close friend - or maybe even Google - about your deepest relationship uncertainties or fears. But sometimes advice-seeking can become a repetitive compulsion to seek reassurance or "normalizing" of your relationship. Let's talk about the potential negatives of asking others for relationship advice. Follow on Socials Instagram: @myintimacytherapist Website: myintimacytherapist.com
#70 – Anxiety and Control are Blocking Intimacy in Your Relationship
17:35Episode Notes Themes: fear, anxiety, control, self-sabotage, controlling tendencies, anxious-attachment, disorganized attachment, avoidant attachment, intimacy If you (or someone who knows you) would describe yourself as being a "controlling person" at times, this episode is for you. Obviously, you want to feel good in your relationships. But maybe you're having a hard time noticing how your need for control is sabotaging the relationship you want! Work with Me Book a free consultation at myintimacytherapist.com
#69 – I'm Having Trouble Adjusting to a New, Securely-Attached Relationship
13:28Episode Notes Theme: anxious attachment, avoidant attachment, disorganized attachment, secure attachment, new relationship, dating, self-sabotage in relationships, relationship OCD So, you've been on the dating scene for a hot minute. You have aaalll the horror stories of dating apps, ghostings, toxic relationships, or even some well-meaning situationships. But here you are; you have met a significant other that respects you, values your time, and wants to create a secure relationship with you. So why are you freaking out?! This episode is for you if you are having trouble adjusting to a new relationship with someone that you genuinely want to be with. Let's navigate these beginning waters together! Action Steps Attachment styles book: Attached by Amir Levine Work with me one-on-one: myintimacytherapist.com
#68 – You Can't Heal a Relationship All On Your Own
12:21Episode Notes Themes: communication issues, anxious attachment, avoidant attachment, self-help, personal growth, relationship issues You are the type of person to see a problem and solve it. You do all the research on your emotions, your relationship, what you should/shouldn't do...and it has been helping! But up to a point. You're hitting a wall because your partner won't do their work. They won't change. OR, you are fine when single - but as soon as you enter a relationship, you feel triggered again. You're back to square one with the anxiety, the protest behaviors, the old patterns. Tune in to the episode to learn more about the meaning of the phrase: "relational wounds are healed relationally"
#67 – Negative Thinking Ruins Your Relationships
10:00Episode Notes Themes: criticism, negative self-talk, protest behaviors, anxious attachment, avoidant attachment, communication issues, shame, relationship issues, low self-esteem The way that you choose to speak and think can create a personal prison, trapping you in a life that you don't even want. Let's talk about why this is damaging, and how to change it! Work with Me Click "subscribe" to always be updated when a new podcast episode is live! Visit myintimacytherapist.com for blogs, quizzes and activity downloads Schedule a 15-minute consult on my website
#66 – The Difference Between Anxious Attachment Sex and Intimate Sex
19:57Episode Notes Themes: anxious attachment, reassurance sex, anxiety, avoidant attachment, intimacy Have you ever used sex as a means to get the emotional closeness that seemed to not exist outside of the bedroom? If you realize that you want emotionally intimate, relational sex but have been caught in a whirlwind of sexual encounters where you feel anxious about your connection with the person - this episode is for you! We talk about the difference between sex fueled by insecure attachment versus sex in the context of a more secure connection. Work with Me Get blogs, quizzes and downloads at myintimacytherapist.com Follow me on Instagram @myintimacytherapist
#65 – How Fantasy Can Unblock Sexual Shame or Shutdown
24:28Episode Notes Themes: sexual fantasy, sexual shame, purity culture, low libido, low sex drive, intimacy, relationships If you have trouble thinking about yourself or your partner in a sexual way, it can be hard to integrate intimacy into your relationship. You may feel a "block" or even a complete separation from that part of yourself. This episode speaks to what fantasy is, and how you can use it in a constructive way to connect in complete intimacy with your person. Action Steps Download free intimacy resources and quizzes on my website, myintimacytherapist.com Share this episode with a friend! Give the podcast a rating in your Apple Podcasts or Spotify app