Speaking up about your needs, desires, fears, and upsets in relationships can be an anxiety-inducing experience. If you struggle with speaking up, you are likely familiar with the symptoms of anxiety - the "what if" thoughts, the nausea, the fears of everything unraveling. On today's show, we interview Paula Leech, a sex and relationship therapist who specializes in helping women and couples learn how to speak up. We discuss how to take more risks with your words, how to separate your anxious thoughts from your other thoughts, how to develop a different mindset about difficult topics, and much more. If you have ever wondered if speaking up about what is important to you could feel easeful, today's episode is for you.
More about our guest:
Paula Leech holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She’s also an AASECT (American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) certified Sex Therapist and worked with individuals, relationships, and families in private practice in Quincy, Massachusetts for over ten years. In that time, Paula received AASECT certification as a Supervisor of Sex Therapy, and co-founded a sex therapy agency and training institute where she saw clients in addition to training therapists to become competent, confident sex therapists themselves. Paula continues to regularly present at various training institutes as well as Universities and therapy agencies across the US.