A companion for anyone experiencing the effects of trauma, featuring true stories of survivors from a broad, inclusive range of backgrounds
With Pleasure: Managing Trauma Triggers for More Vibrant Sex and Relationshipsis a companion for anyone experiencing the effects of trauma. Through true survivor stories, expert insight, writing prompts, and grounding exercises, it explores pleasure, relationships, and community as worthy and essential antidotes in trying times.
Written by trauma-informed sex therapist Jamila Dawson, LMFT, and sexuality journalist and podcaster August McLaughlin, With Pleasure provides a much-needed alternative to harmful "self-help" ideologies that instruct people to "change their thoughts" or "choose to be happy."
Instead, Dawson and McLaughlin encourage readers to respect their feelings, understand the complexities of a society and systems that fuel trauma, foster self-compassion, and embrace pleasure.
9781641605038, Chicago Review Press, September 2021
About the Authors
August McLaughlinis a nationally recognized health and sexuality writer, trauma-informed certified sex educator, and host and producer of the podcastGirl Boner Radio. Her articles have been featured byCosmopolitan, theWashington Post,Salon,HuffPost,LIVESTRONG.com, and more. She is the author ofGirl Boner: The Good Girl's Guide to Sexual Empowerment, featured in theNew York Times, Health,andShape.She has presented at colleges, recovery centers, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta.
Jamila Dawson, LMFTis a licensed sex and relationship therapist, writer, and educator. She runs her private psychotherapy and consulting business, Fire & Flow Therapy, and teaches as adjunct faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles. She has lectured at the University of Southern California and AASECT Summer Institute, and collaborated with a variety of sex therapists and educators, as well asBuzzfeed,Playboy,Harper's Bazaar, and other media outlets. She presents locally and nationally on sexuality, empowerment, BDSM/kink, pleasure, relationships, and trauma-informed/healing-focused psychotherapy.
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