Drew Linsalata

The Anxious Truth - A Panic, Anxiety, and Mental Health Podcast

Drew Linsalata

  • EP 0059 - Anxiety, Sex and Relationship Issues (With Leslie Gustafson)

EP 0059 - Anxiety, Sex and Relationship Issues (With Leslie Gustafson)

Friday 4th January 2019

Discover how anxiety can impact sex, intimacy and relationships as Leslie Gustafson and host Drew Linsalata discuss the problem and how action-oriented behavioral therapies are effective in addressing anxiety and sex issues. Listen to the episode now on alcoholfree.com!
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The Anxious Truth - A Panic, Anxiety, and Mental Health Podcast
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Drew Linsalata
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Overcoming Anxiety for a Healthy Intimate Relationship: Insights from a Certified Sex Therapist and Licensed Therapist Leslie Gustafson on The Anxious Truth Podcast

So the person, the non-anxious person, if you will, can be empathetic and supportive and be a cheerleader, I think, as opposed to being an enabler or not an enabler.
The Anxious Truth is back with another episode that delves into the complex topic of anxiety and how it can affect sex, intimacy, and relationships. Host Drew Linsalata is joined by certified sex therapist and licensed therapist Leslie Gustafson to discuss the issue and offer insights on how action-oriented behavioral therapies can be effective in addressing anxiety and sex problems.
The conversation begins with a discussion of how anxiety disorders can impact sex, intimacy, and relationships in general. Leslie shares that she often encounters couples who struggle with intimacy due to anxiety, but they are not aware that anxiety is the underlying problem. Physiological responses such as rapid heart rate, heavy breathing, and perspiration mimic the same feelings of a panic attack or anxiety spike, making it difficult for individuals to move through it. They associate those bad feelings with bad things and want to avoid them. As a result, they become afraid of intimacy and sex.
Leslie and Drew then discuss the importance of action-oriented behavioral therapies in addressing anxiety and sex issues. Leslie explains that taking things slow and adding in things gradually can help reduce anxiety. It is less threatening and less pressuring when things are introduced in a slow and non-threatening way. Leslie also emphasizes the role of empathy, support, and cheerleading in managing anxiety and improving intimate relationships. She shares that the non-anxious person can be empathetic and supportive, serving as a cheerleader instead of an enabler or not an enabler.
The episode ends with Leslie and Drew encouraging listeners to stay in the battle, get in the battle, and be courageous enough to keep fighting for themselves to get the help they need to get to a better place. It is essential to work with a therapist who provides helpful strategies and works with patients in a proactive way. In summary, this episode provides valuable insights into how anxiety disorders can affect sex, intimacy, and relationships, and how action-oriented behavioral therapies can be effective in addressing these issues. Tune in now to listen to the full episode on alcoholfree.com and get on the path to recovery.