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Welcome back to BeREAL. This week, Diana and Ednesha are joined by Andrea Dresser to discuss sex therapy, both what you can expect as a therapist and as a patient.
Andrea Dresser has spent over twenty years involved in community health as a Health Educator, Consultant and Mental Health Advocate. Since graduating with a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy in 2009, she worked in various agency settings and started a private practice in 2011. She continued her education to become a Certified Sex Therapist through AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists). Married, Andrea has two grown sons, and is a grandmother to two little girls.
The episode begins with Andrea giving the listeners a little backstory as to how she got into sex therapy. She recalls the ill structured classwork and her beginnings as a marriage counselor. Ednesha tells Diana and Andrea how she would love to be a licensed sex therapist, but how, for the time being, she incorporates sex discussion into her individual or couples’ psychotherapy sessions. Ednesha then asks Andrea what can be expected from courses on sex therapy, and how they differ from the classes she rpeviously took on psychotherapy.
Andrea then goes into some details of her work. She gives examples of ways to treat common sex issues, and the many physical and emotional conflicts that can lead to roadblocks in one’s sex life. She goes over the different ways men and women view sex, and how these viewpoints often come to be. She then explains the importance of religion in sex therapy sessions, as she has many clients who became sexually confused due to their upbringing.
Andea finishes the episode by discussing what her work looks like today. She explains how COVID-19 has made some bonding activities and sex therapy practices a bit difficult when done virtually. She also talks about the issues that are brought up when she is seeing transgender patients.
Thank you so much for tuning into BeREAL this week. Be on the lookout for a brand new episode next Tuesday. In the meantime, make sure you check out last week’s episode on communication during quarantine if you haven’t already.
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