23: “Sex positivity is a philosophy and movement towards acceptance.” (ft. Dr. Shannon Chavez)

23: “Sex positivity is a philosophy and movement towards acceptance.” (ft. Dr. Shannon Chavez)


Join guest Dr. Shannon Chavez for a discussion about making love, and making sex positivity. Dr. Chavez is a sex therapist and a clinical psychologist whose work breaks down stigmas around sex and sexuality.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What “sex positivity” is and why it’s both a movement and a philosophy; 
  • Why our sexuality is so much bigger than our sexual preferences and behaviors; 
  • The most common fears and insecurities about human sexuality;
  • How and why sexuality and sex positivity is linked to justice; 
  • Plus you’ll get some toy suggestions. 

Welcome to a conversation about making love through learning to become more sex positive.

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Shannon Chavez Qureshi, PsyD, CST  is a nationally recognized expert, therapist, and educator specializing in “all things sexuality” including help for menwomenLGBTQIA, and couples; the treatment of sexual disorders; sex education for conservative religious and cultural groups; sexual trauma and abuse; and compulsive behaviors surrounding love, romance, and sex.

She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California (PSY26924) and Arizona (PSY004290) with a private practice in Beverly Hills, California (SHAPE Center) where she works with individuals and couples (of all genders and orientations) to address sexual concerns and build sexual awareness through therapy, coaching, and education.

Dr. Shannon is also a national speaker on women’s sexual health and has been featured on major news, radio, and television programs as a sex and relationship expert. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, HuffPost, Refinery29, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, Shape, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Latino Perspectives, and Self Magazine; and is a frequent contributor to the websites SheKnows.comKinkly.com, and SimplySxy.com.

She also wrote a guide for clinicians on the treatment of love addiction through the use of attachment-oriented psychodynamic therapy – proving she has actually “written the book on it”!

She works with various organizations and programs as a presenter, spokesperson, media commentator, and consultant in sexual health and wellness, relationships, and mental health.

She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Institute for Sexual Health in Beverly Hills, California treating sex addiction-compulsivity and sexual dysfunction.


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