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Overcoming Sexual Shame with Derek Leighton

In this episode, I talk with Certified Sex Therapist, Derek Leighton about how gay, bi and queer man can begin to recognize and heal sexual shame. This important topic is rarely, if ever, discussed and yet it’s one of the most commonly discussed issues in counseling.

Tune in to hear Derek and I talk:

  1. Defining sex therapy vs traditional talk therapy

  2. Understanding how sexual shame impacts how we relate to our sexual interests, desires and preferences

  3. The impact of words like “premature” and “dysfunction” in creating more shame

  4. How early non-sexual messages about masculinity set the stage for later sexual shame

  5. Learning to define and communicate your sexual desire, interests and needs

Learn more about Derek Leighton’s sex therapy services as well as EMDR, group therapy and relationship therapy by visiting


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Thanks! Buck


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