“Galen Fous is a visionary looking to undo the shackles of societally induced sexual shame!” Dr. Michael Aaron, Sex Therapist, Author – Modern Sexuality
London: 10/8: Open at 6, starts 7pm – 9pm; Price: 15 GBP to 25 GBP. Registration Details
Price includes admission at 6pm to tour the Freud Museum and a digital copy of Galen’s highly acclaimed book Decoding Your Kink – Guide to Share, Enjoy and Express your Wildest Sexual Desires.
Kink Sex-Researcher, Author and Therapist Galen Fous MTP will discuss his ground-breaking research on Kink Sexuality and offer insights into the psychological complexity and roots of Kink Desires and Power-exchange.
Based on the results from over 4000 participants from his acclaimed Discover Your Personal Erotic Myth Survey and case studies from his clients over the last 2 decades, Galen has developed an array of Kink-positive therapeutic tools and insights that support clients in embracing their authentic sexual desires in a conscious, responsible shame-free manner.
If you are a sex therapist, psychologist, sex-educator, student or coach helping clients embrace their desires in a healthy way, or an individual curious about Kink, this talk will offer foundational groundwork to expand your view of consciously embodied, Kink-oriented sexuality.
Galen presents an experiential model of Kink that supports embracing the depths of ecstatic experience, transcendence and intimacy Kink offers, as well as the resolution of the shames, fears and traumas that may resist it fullest expression. It is your birthright to be who you are sexually.
This lecture will focus on Sexual Authenticity in general and Kink sexuality in particular. It will introduce a psychological model and therapeutic techniques drawn from depth, analytical, positive and transpersonal theories of psychology.
The concepts covered will include:
Techniques to help clients become conscious, honest and empowered sexual beings
Understanding the Archetypal, Symbolic, Mythic psychological structures of Fetishsexuality – aka Kink.
Expanding the concept of “Normal” sexuality from cultural, moral and political considerations to the individual’s personal inherent nature.
Supporting clients to be in integrity around their sexual expressions and agreements
Understanding how sex-negative internalized fears interfere with authentic sexual expression
Introducing the concept of Sexual Authenticity Disorder, its symptoms and treatment
Guiding clients through the Five Keys For Sexual Fulfillment and integrating their sexuality in their life and relationships
Review of the primary Kink-oriented client concerns
Fetishsexuality as Sexual Identity
Exploring a client’s Personal Erotic Myth (and your own!)
Sex is Friction – Eros is Myth: The distinction between “vanilla” sex and Kink-oriented Eros
D/s-BDSM – the yin/yang of Kink – understanding the sacred/profane paradox of Kink
Review of the data-set and insights from over 4000 respondents who’ve taken the PEM Survey. ( http://galenfous.com/pem )
There has been an explosion of Kink sexuality across all levels of society in the last few decades. Kink is just one aspect of a broader expansion of sexual expression that emerging globally that is certainly unprecedented in the history of civilization.
The intention of Galen’s work is to lay a foundation for how Kink-oriented individuals can begin to consciously, exuberantly embrace their inherent desires. The approach is designed to help the client(s) establish a negotiated, consensual path to their authentic Kink desires with their partners and untangle all the internal resistances that may hold their desire back or keep it hidden.
Kink is a very complex sexuality. It requires mature, responsible, adult sensibilities to engage partners in healthy, consensual, fulfilling ways. It requires coming to terms with the sex-negative fear, shame, trauma, confusion and sexual dishonesty prevalent within ourselves and the culture.
This complexity and the rapid emergence of Kink into mainstream culture has left many of the current academic and clinical models of sex therapy and psychology inadequate if not obsolete.
I believe it will be important to explore and create new therapeutic approaches that better support clients to embrace their authentic desires in healthy ways and come to terms with the challenges of doing so.
For example I believe Kink-oriented sexuality, or what I call Fetishsexuality, should be recognized by the academic and clinical psychological communities as an authentic sexual orientation. It fits the APA’s ( American Psychological Association) current definition of sexual orientation that includes straight, gay, lesbian and bi-sexual (http://www.apa.org/topics/lgbt/orientation.aspx).
A Fetishsexual, by my definition is a person driven to orgasm or other deep erotic state through their innate, inherent, ongoing desire for a particular range of mythic, archetypal, symbolic sexual engagement. I call this persistent inner desire their Personal Erotic Myth. A PEM contains the fantasy imagery, storylines, mythic archetypal personas and counter-personas, props, attire, dialogue and actions that drive one’s sexual desire.
Some people are quite conscious of their PEM(s) and for others it lurks below the surface of their conscious awareness, even when erotically engaged. A PEM typically falls within a broad range of psychological, emotional and physical power exchange dynamics. These dynamics can be negotiated and explored between consenting adults with similar yearnings.
Each side of the power-exchange expresses as one of paired archetypal sexual personas such as dominant/submissive, sadist/masochist, and a pantheon of sub-categories of each. Abundant examples of these pairings can be found within emerging Kink, Fetish, D/s-BDSM and other alternative subcultures.
Like other sexual orientations, Fetishsexuals have particular sexual preferences, look for compatible romantic, life-partners, and seek to join with others in communities. For these reasons, I believe Fetishsexuality qualifies according to APA definitions as a sexual orientation.
For those working with Kink-oriented clients, this lecture will provide a preliminary basis for introducing a Kink-positive therapeutic model in academia and into clinical practice.
Tickets: Sliding Scale 15GBP or 25 GBP online (charged in US$ on check-out) or 25 GPB cash at the door
Price includes admission to explore the Freud Museum. a free digital copy of Galen’s latest book, “Decoding Your Kink – Guide to Explore, Share and Enjoy Your Wildest Sexual Desires” has been praised by sexual psychologists and educators as “Visionary …Masterful …Groundbreaking …Cutting Edge…Worth its Weight in Diamonds … Highly Recommended…A Must Read!”
London: 10/8 : 7pm Registration Details
Galen Fous MTP: Kink-Positive Therapist, Author, Educator & Sex Researcher
Galen lectures at universities, grad schools and conferences about sexual authenticity and specializes in the psychological dynamics of Kink. He is on the faculty of Sexology University, and the Modern Sex-Therapy Institute where he offers non and CE approved classes for therapists, on Kink-positive psychology.
His research is focused on understanding and mapping the psychological dynamics of sexual desire including Kink, Fetish and D/s-BDSM sexuality.
He has a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology from Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.
Galen works with clients within a psychological framework that helps individuals and couples move through shame, fear and trauma towards honest, embodied and confident expression of their authentic desires.
He helps clients shift from compulsive, secretive, risky sexual behaviors to negotiated, consensual ecstatic sexual engagements.
An important component of his research into the nature of Fetishsexual and Kink desire is the development of the Discover Your Personal Erotic Myth Survey. ( http://galenfous.com/pem ) This ground-breaking research survey has over 4000 participants so far. It is the first Kink-focused study that begins to document the archetypal, symbolic, mythic aspects of Kink-oriented individuals by mapping the specifics of their sexual desires.
Galen’s latest book, “Decoding Your Kink – Guide to Explore, Share and Enjoy Your Wildest Sexual Desires” has been praised by sexual psychologists and educators as “Visionary …Masterful …Groundbreaking …Cutting Edge…Worth its Weight in Diamonds … Highly Recommended…A Must Read!”
He is also the author of “The Sharp Edge of Love – Extreme Sex, Mythic Passion, Primal Intensity. Learn more at http://GalenFous.com/