79 episodes

Ask a Sex Therapist is for you if you are ready to spice up your sex life. You are ready to learn all the things you were never taught about sex, intimacy and great communication in the bedroom. You are excited to explore your own body and feel more connected to your partner. You want to feel body confident, allow yourself to experience greater sexual pleasure and feel accepted for your fantasies and desires. If you are ready to take your relationship to the next level, get rid of the shame and stigma around sex and create happier, more fulfilling love life, this is the show for you.
Hosted by Heather Shannon, Certified Sex Therapist, you'll be taken on a journey to release your sexual inhibitions and embrace your authentic sexual identity. Because it's time for you to Ask a Sex Therapist. Find out more about Heather's work and ask her your (anonymous) sex questions at https://HeatherShannon.co.

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Ask A Sex Therapist with Heather Shannon Heather Shannon

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 153 Ratings

Ask a Sex Therapist is for you if you are ready to spice up your sex life. You are ready to learn all the things you were never taught about sex, intimacy and great communication in the bedroom. You are excited to explore your own body and feel more connected to your partner. You want to feel body confident, allow yourself to experience greater sexual pleasure and feel accepted for your fantasies and desires. If you are ready to take your relationship to the next level, get rid of the shame and stigma around sex and create happier, more fulfilling love life, this is the show for you.
Hosted by Heather Shannon, Certified Sex Therapist, you'll be taken on a journey to release your sexual inhibitions and embrace your authentic sexual identity. Because it's time for you to Ask a Sex Therapist. Find out more about Heather's work and ask her your (anonymous) sex questions at https://HeatherShannon.co.

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    Ep 78: Exploring Sexual Fantasies with Artemisia De Vine

    Ep 78: Exploring Sexual Fantasies with Artemisia De Vine

    🔥 Ever wondered what’s behind your deepest sexual fantasies? This week on Ask A Sex Therapist, Artemisia De Vine joins Heather to chat about erotic fantasies. Artemisia, with her extensive background as a professional dominatrix and sex worker, helps us understand when it feels safe to explore fantasies by getting past our own internal protectors. It’s about finding that balance between the taboo and what feels acceptable to us. Tune in and learn how you can make your fantasies a reality!
    👂 What you'll learn:
    - The psychological underpinnings of common sexual fantasies
    - How exploring these desires can lead to profound states of consciousness
    - The importance of the ego and desire in shaping our erotic experiences
    - Strategies to embrace and integrate your fantasies for healthier intimacy
    - Artemisia's unique perspective on overcoming societal guilt and shame linked to sexual preferences

    Timestamps for some of the key moments in our conversation:
    01:45 - Artemisia Divine's unique introduction to the world of sexual fantasy08:34 - Overcoming societal and religious impact on sexuality15:22 - The vital role of presence and psychological understanding in sexual experiences23:50 - Decoding the complex symbolism of personal sexual fantasies29:18 - Combining fear and desire within fantasies to achieve balance37:55 - The transformative potential of sexual fantasies in relationships42:44 - The intricate workings of Artemisia's "Divinery Method"51:22 - Emotional aftershocks: Navigating arousal and shame58:17 - Dissecting cuckolding fantasies: Importance of the "antidote"67:00 - The connection between sexual fantasy and spiritual journey

    🎧 Don't miss this enlightening exploration into the complexity of human desire - press play now!.

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    • 49 min
    Ep 77: How to Orgasm More--or for the First Time!

    Ep 77: How to Orgasm More--or for the First Time!

    🎉 Learn about Expanded Orgasm with this free guide! 👉 Expand Her Orgasm Tonight (2.0)
    Ready to unlock the secrets to more and better orgasms? 🎉 This week on "Ask a Sex Therapist," we're tackling one of your favorite topics—orgasms! Whether you're chasing your very first climax or looking to make those peaks a more common part of your bedroom repertoire, this episode has something for you. Join Heather Shannon as she explores everything from breaking mental barriers to practical tips for heightened pleasure, all with her signature blend of humor and expertise. Don't miss out on these game-changing insights!

    What you’ll learn in this episode:
    - 🧠 The mental blocks that might be killing your vibe and how to overcome them.
    - ✨ How different sensations could dramatically change your sexual experiences.
    - 🔄 The importance of security and attachment in improving your orgasm frequency.
    - 🔍 Masturbation tips and why knowing your body is crucial.
    - 🚀 Techniques to boost orgasm probability if you already enjoy them but want more.

    Tap in to discover the secrets to a sensational sex life. Grab your headphones and listen today! 🎧👉

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    EPISODE LINKS
    Ep 5 The Clitoris - Ask A Sex Therapist with Heather Shannon: 005 The Clitoris on Apple PodcastsEp 22 The Orgasm Gap - ‎Ask A Sex Therapist with Heather Shannon: 022 The Orgasm Gap with Dr. Laurie Mintz on Apple PodcastsEp 48 The Magic of Masturbation - ‎Ask A Sex Therapist with Heather Shannon: 048: The Magic of Masturbation: More Presence, More Pleasure on Apple PodcastsEp 56 Female Arousal with Susan Bratton - Ask A Sex Therapist with Heather Shannon: 056: Female Arousal with Susan Bratton on Apple Podcasts



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    • 26 min
    076: EFT Tapping for a Better Dating Life with Allison Jayne

    076: EFT Tapping for a Better Dating Life with Allison Jayne

    🌟 Feeling stuck in your love life or overwhelmed by stress? Tune in to this game-changing episode of "Ask A Sex Therapist," where we sit down with emotional healing coach Allison Jayne to uncover transformative techniques for personal growth and better relationships! Allison shares her expertise on EFT tapping, a simple yet potent method to rewire your brain for more positive outcomes. Whether you're battling feelings of unworthiness in dating or just trying to navigate the waves of modern love, this is the episode that might just turn your world around! 🌈👫
    🎧 In this episode, you'll discover:
    - How EFT tapping can help you overcome trauma and reduce stress.
    - The role of your subconscious self-concept in your romantic relationships.
    - Strategies to combat the scarcity mindset in online dating.
    - Practical tips for using EFT tapping to enhance your dating experience.
    - Allison's inspirational journey from tapping novice to emotional healing maestro.

    Don't miss out on these remarkable insights! Tune in now to transform your approach to love and personal wellness! 🎶💖

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    • 56 min
    Ep. 75 What Really Happens at a Cuddle Party?

    Ep. 75 What Really Happens at a Cuddle Party?

    🤗 Are you ready to expand your understanding of intimacy beyond the bedroom? In this cozy episode of Ask A Sex Therapist, Heather shares her personal journey of attending her very first cuddle party! Wrap yourself up in the knowledge that not all closeness needs to be about sex, discover how platonic touch can open doors to greater intimacy, and learn about the fascinating dynamics of cuddle parties. Whether you're flying solo or navigating relationships, there's something in this episode to warm everyone's heart. Tune in and embrace a world where consent is king and connection is queen. 🛋️
    Listen now to embrace the warmth of non-sexual intimacy and learn how cuddle parties are creating a new space for consent and connection!
    What you'll learn in this episode:
    - The underestimated power of platonic intimacy
    - Defining cuddle parties and how they differ from play parties
    - Tips on negotiating personal boundaries and practicing consent
    - The draw of cuddle parties for a diverse crowd, including those interested in non-monogamy
    - How cuddle parties can serve as a space for personal growth and self-discovery
    Timestamps:
    - [00:03:24] Explaining what a cuddle party is and how it functions
    - [00:04:47] Distinction between cuddle parties and play parties
    - [00:06:10] The attractiveness of cuddle parties to those seeking connection
    - [00:07:18] The personal growth element of attending such events
    - [00:09:13] Building the safe container of a cuddle party
    - [00:21:08] How asking for consent can transform interactions
    Listen to this heartwarming exploration of non-sexual intimacy and learn how to add a touch of consensual coziness to your life! 🎧


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    • 23 min
    074: Perimenopause, Menopause & Balancing Your Hormones with Dr. Kelly Casperson

    074: Perimenopause, Menopause & Balancing Your Hormones with Dr. Kelly Casperson

    🎙️ Hot flashes, mood swings, and... sexy times? Menopause isn't just your mother's concern, folks – it's a rollercoaster that can start as early as *38* and it affects everything from your emotions to your intimacy. 😳💥 Fear not, because this episode of *Ask A Sex Therapist* is here to light up the path through the mist of menopause. We've got the radiant Dr. Kelly Casperson from "You Are Not Broken" dropping truth bombs on everything hormone-related. Plus, we spill the tea on the good, the bad, and the not-so-slick truths behind the lubes and creams that promise to keep things smooth sailing south of the border. 🚀💦 Tune in and turn your perimenopause frowns upside down!
    Here's what you'll learn from this episode:
    - The real deal on "bioidentical" hormones and what's just slick marketing 🎩📈
    - Why your birth control pills aren't on the same level as menopause treatments 🚫💊
    - Tips for talking to your doc about hormones like you've got an MD of your own 🗣️💪
    - The lifesaving importance of lube, and why silicone is your new BFF 🙌✨
    - How vaginal estrogen could be the $20 game-changer for your love life ❤️💡
    Timestamps:
    - [02:15] Understanding menopause and its surprising age range
    - [05:30] Demystifying perimenopause symptoms
    - [11:45] Why "bioidentical" hormones are causing a buzz
    - [17:20] The significant risks of misinformation on vaginal estrogen
    - [23:45] How healthy habits can support hormonal balance
    - [31:00] Navigating the options for hormone replacement therapy
    - [38:30] The big misconceptions of hormones and sexual health
    - [43:10] The affordable secret weapon against dryness
    - [49:50] Why GSM should be on your radar sooner rather than later
    - [55:25] Vaginal estrogen myths busted for breast cancer survivors

    Ready to rise above the confusion and start living your best life? Listen now and transform your approach to perimenopause and beyond! 🎧🌟

    Don't miss out; visit heathershannon.com for more insights and to snag your free dirty talk guide! 📚💬

    RESOURCES
    GET THE INTIMACY AUDIT FREE MINI COURSE (discover what’s blocking YOUR sex life!)
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    APPLY FOR HEATHER’S INTIMACY INFUSION PROGRAM 
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    https://instagram.com/askasextherapist (Join the podcast’s broadcast channel!)
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    https://instagram.com/SexTherapistHeather 
    YOUTUBE CHANNEL & VIDEO VERSION OF PODCAST 
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    KELLY CASPERSON WEBSITE:
    https://kellycaspersonmd.com/


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    • 41 min
    073: Overcoming Sexual Insecurities, Poor Body Image & Self-Consciousness

    073: Overcoming Sexual Insecurities, Poor Body Image & Self-Consciousness

    Hey there, lovely listeners! 🌸 In this episode, we're getting real and addressing the tricky topic of self-consciousness during sex. Whether you're worried about your body, technique, or just feeling like a complete beginner, we've got you covered. Join me as we unpack what self-consciousness really looks like in the bedroom and uncover actionable steps to boost your confidence and fully enjoy your intimate moments. Let's kick those insecurities to the curb and embrace owning our authentic selves! 💪
    In this episode, you'll learn:
    - How to recognize signs of self-consciousness during sex
    - The impact of cultural ideals on body image and sexual confidence
    - Practical steps for finding inspiration and building confidence
    - Unpacking limiting beliefs and exploring their impact on sexual experiences
    - Understanding the importance of addressing emotional blocks for a fulfilling sex life

    Ready to take charge and transform your sexual experiences? Tune in now to the Ask a Sex Therapist podcast! 🎧

    00:00 Late night episode discussing self-consciousness during sex.
    04:00 Overanalyzing can emphasize insecurities and self-consciousness.
    06:44 Finding and appreciating your favorite flavors and partners.
    12:25 Acceptance and compassion for body image struggles.
    15:25 Challenge thoughts, change experience, unpack stories, notice.
    17:27 Heather’s story of overcoming fear of public speaking in college.
    19:51 Podcast email available, upcoming episodes with guests.

    GET THE INTIMACY AUDIT FREE MINI COURSE (discover what’s blocking YOUR sex life!)
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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

Symphonix ,

Great stuff!

Shannon shares about being vulnerable and it struck me how vulnerable she has had to be in order to create this podcast. It challenges me to put myself out there and risk.

linssul ,

Thoughtfully done for a sensitive subject!

As a new listener, I appreciate Heather’s candid approach to sharing her own story that’s informed with her work as a therapist. Listening to this show has made a delicate subject much more approachable!

RussReynolds ,

Very informative

I like how she gives examples from all perspectives of the interpersonal relationships

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