Sexual trauma

Sexual trauma

Last week, I asked you and your partner to discuss your early sexual experiences. Our sexual history often influences our relationships, and those influences are not always positive. This week, I want you and your partner to discuss any sexual trauma you may have...
How have your early sexual experiences shaped you?

How have your early sexual experiences shaped you?

Last week, I asked you and your partner to discuss your experiences with sexual identity. Sexual identity can be a life-long discovery, and for many people, is not fixed over time. But like so much of our sexual selves, it is often informed by early experiences. This...
What were you taught about sex?

What were you taught about sex?

Now that you and your partner have examined your family life and how that shaped your personality and coping mechanisms, it is time to look back at your relationship and sexual history. It’s not only your family who has put things into your baggage. You need to...
Secrets in your family

Secrets in your family

In my last several blogs, I have asked you and your partner to reflect on your family histories, and the ways each of your upbringings have manifested themselves in your current relationship. The last topic I want you to discuss as part of this exercise is secrecy....
Was there substance abuse or mental illness in your family?

Was there substance abuse or mental illness in your family?

Last week, I asked you and your partner to discuss your experiences with conflict. Unfortunately, a common source of family conflict is substance abuse and mental illness. The presence of these difficulties in our childhood homes can have a significant effect on our...

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