When our sex lives are struggling, we have a tendency to drive up the intensity as a way to improve our experience. This often feels like an endless chase that leaves us feeling more defeated. Did you know that slowing down and practicing sexual mindfulness actually leads to more consistent orgasm, a sense of harmony in sexual interactions, and a feeling like the relationship was flourishing instead of floundering? Our guest today is Dr. Chelom Leavitt, a professor and researcher at Brigham Young University, who studies sexuality and mindfulness in relationships. She is the co-author of two books, “A Better Way to Teach Kids About Sex” and “Sexual Wholeness in Marriage “, along with other articles and resources available on her website. In this episode, we discuss:
What is sexual mindfulness
Her research project on sexual mindfulness
The improvements she notices with the couples who practice this
Ways couples can practice mindfulness in other areas of their relationship
How sexual mindfulness can help couples healing from sexual betrayal
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About Geoff Steurer
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, relationship educator, and coach with over 20 years of experience. I am the co-author of, “Love You, Hate the Porn: Healing a Relationship Damaged by Virtual Infidelity”, the host of the weekly podcast, “From Crisis to Connection”, and have produced workbooks, audio programs, and online courses helping couples and individuals heal from the impact of sexual betrayal, unwanted pornography use, partner betrayal trauma, and rebuilding broken trust. I currently maintain a private counseling and coaching practice in beautiful Southern Utah where I live with my wife and children.
About Dr. Chelom Leavitt
Dr. Chelom E. Leavitt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Family at Brigham Young University. She earned her PhD from Penn State. Chelom researches mindfulness and sex within committed relationships. Dr. Leavitt validated a sexual mindfulness curriculum as an effective method to increase emotional connection, sexual and relational satisfaction, and sexual functioning.