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Unmasking Sexuality and Breaking Down Cultural Barriers (Part 1)

Updated: Feb 16

In this special two-part article, I'm excited to be interviewed by Nadia Hughes, a fellow podcaster and director of Unfair Advantage Accounting, as we explore intriguing topics on sex and relationships.




Sex Therapy and Relationship Dynamics


I'm a relationship specialist, specialising in couples therapy and sex therapy. My expertise extends beyond conventional relationships to the intimate aspects behind closed doors, helping people enhance their private spaces. My 15 and a half years of tertiary education across three countries include a counselling degree and a Master's in Counseling, along with a degree in psychosexual therapy from Sydney University. The term "psychosexual" emphasises that sex is not just about the body; our psychology and thoughts largely shape it. In my practice, I've observed that introducing the word "sex" often swiftly brings both relationship and sexual issues to the forefront of couples' discussions, allowing us to address them openly and effectively.


My Personal Journey in Sex Therapy


I chose the path of sex therapy after initially feeling conservative and uncomfortable discussing sexuality. My journey began when I realised I couldn't effectively help couples without addressing their sexual issues. To bridge this gap, I pursued additional education to understand better and communicate about sexuality, initially as a supplement to couples therapy. Over time, I've seen that sexuality is integral to couples' well-being, often taking precedence once we openly discuss it.


Cultural Perspectives on Sexuality


Cultural perspectives on sexuality vary significantly across different countries and cultures. In some societies, a strong taboo and a sense of shame is associated with discussing sexuality openly. Many people feel uncomfortable and uncertain when addressing this topic, leading to either silence or immature reactions in group settings.


These cultural norms deeply influence how people perceive and interact with sexuality. For example, in Australia, there is a notable conservatism regarding sex, with social gatherings often segregated by gender, which can hinder communication and understanding between men and women. This early separation of genders can create significant challenges in relationships, as it fosters a perception of the opposite sex as fundamentally different and hampers effective communication.


Exploring Modern Sexual Dynamics


Modern sexual dynamics encompass a wide spectrum of experiences, ranging from one-night stands to the intriguing world of swingers. In Australia, a stark contrast exists between conservative pockets and the more adventurous crowd, with some valuing emotional connection before physical intimacy. Emotional safety is paramount in committed relationships, particularly when considering potential consequences, such as pregnancy. However, for some, one-night stands offer an opportunity to explore excitement and thrill, which may be lacking in safer environments like Australia.


The connection between pain and pleasure is a universal aspect of human nature, extending beyond sexuality. Australians' fascination with war and spicy food exemplifies this connection, where a hint of pain intensifies pleasure. This principle even applies in marketing, where a higher price tag can make an item more desirable, demonstrating the enduring relationship between pain and pleasure in various aspects of life.




I hope this first part provides valuable insights into the multifaceted nature of sex therapy and its importance in fostering healthy relationships. Stay tuned for part 2, where we'll delve deeper into these engaging discussions!




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