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Episode Info: Hello, friends. In this episode, I chat with Dr. Alison Leigh Siegel, a licensed psychotherapist, human sexuality expert, and a sex and relationship advisor. A topic a lot of listeners have been asking for, we talk all about sex, intimacy and relationships, including some of the most common issues and how you can take steps to overcome them. Duff the Psych turns five! As I mentioned last time, October 2019 marks five years since Joelle and I started Duff the Psych! During this month we’re doing lots of cool stuff to celebrate. So far I’ve given away over 900 of my books for free and am currently offering a huge discount on my Kick Anxiety’s Ass course (to take advantage of this incredible offer, head to and sign up using the offer code “FIVE” at checkout, or just click here, and you can start kicking anxiety’s ass!). We have lots more fun and surprises to come so if you’re not yet following me on Facebook, definitely do follow along as I will be announcing freebies, discounts, giveaways and all sorts of really cool stuff across the month of October! Also, watch out for a fun celebratory live stream on Facebook this Friday, October 11th! With that said, let’s get into the interview! Introducing Alison Leigh Alison opens by telling us about what she does and her work as an expert sex advisor. Alison has been in practice in the San Fransico Bay area for around 23 years and works as a psychotherapist and ‘sex advisor’ meaning she typically works with couples and individuals with any issues surrounding sex, which can include a range of aspects such as intimacy, lack of libido and erectile dysfunction. Alison helps them to get to the root of their problems and then teaches skills and techniques across a number of sessions to combat their issues – sessions can continue for as long as the client requires them. Alison briefly explains the title of ‘sex therapist’ and how it coincides with sex and relationship therapy, or coaching. She also highlights how there isn’t a specific license or qualification to become a sex therapist and so when seeking one out you should always do your research. Sex and relationship issues with Alison Leigh Whether it be due to mental health problems, medication side effects or other issues, a topic that seems to come up a lot is lack of desire. Alison talks about how this is quite a common occurrence in couples but not so much for individuals. In the context of a couple’s relationship, Alison explains how she would help work through issues such as lack of desire, a sudden decrease in libido, or perhaps a discrepancy where one person is much more interested and the other less interested. Alison describes how she approaches each issue in a holistic way and recognizes the need to understand and unpick any other issues that may be getting in the way of their sexual relationship. She highlights how in cases such as this, often having sex will be the final solution and will...
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