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Sexual Integration Therapy: A Sex-Positive, Non-Pathologizing, Client-Centered Sexual Health Model – peer reviewed article

    Our article on my Sexual Integration Therapy model has been accepted and published by the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Here is an excerpt with the link to the full accepted manuscript available at the link below.  Synopsis: For centuries, in Western culture in particular, people with sexual desires outside the narrowest range of procreative sexuality have been pathologized and treated as abnormal, deviant or perverse by the psychological professions, a criminal according to legal decree, or as a sinner by religious doctrines. The authors believe that many individuals who have been pathologized, condemned or terrorized for sexual desires that fall outside the cultural or religious “norms,” suffer from a deep separation of their sexual psyche from the rest of their psyche. For too many, their sexuality exists and operates in a secretive, hidden part of their being. For these individuals, their sexuality is disconnected and suppressed from their overall public persona. How can their birthright as a sexual being, be welcomed into their everyday life under these conditions? How can people achieve a balanced state of mental health and overall well-being [...]

By | 2024-06-07T00:04:35+00:00 June 6th, 2024|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Perils of Secret Sexuality and the Healing Power of Sexual Integration Therapy

In a world that champions individuality and self-expression, the topic of sexuality remains shrouded in secrecy for many. Maintaining a secret sexuality can have profound and harmful effects on one's mental and emotional well-being. In this blog post, we will explore the detrimental impact of secret sexuality and hidden desires, shedding light on the transformative power of Galen Fous' Sexual Integration Therapy for fostering a healthier, more integrated approach to our sexual selves. The Hidden Toll of Secret Sexuality: Maintaining secret sexuality can lead to a myriad of negative consequences. The burden of hiding one's true self often results in heightened stress, anxiety, and even depression. The fear of judgment and rejection from society, friends, and family can create a toxic internal environment, where shame and guilt fester. Moreover, the internal conflict arising from living a double life can strain relationships and hinder genuine connection with others. It becomes a constant battle between authenticity and conformity, leaving individuals feeling isolated and disconnected from their own identity. Galen Fous' Sexual Integration Therapy: A Path to Healing: Sexual Integration Therapy, developed by renowned sexologist Galen Fous, offers [...]

By | 2023-12-13T18:49:42+00:00 December 13th, 2023|KInk-Positive Sex Education, PEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Navigating Curiosity: Exploring the Question, “What Is Your Kink?”

In a world that is becoming increasingly open to diverse expressions of sexuality, many individuals find themselves curious about the realm of kink and BDSM. The question, "What is your kink?" often sparks intrigue and a desire for self-discovery. As society embraces the idea that sexual preferences exist on a vast spectrum, exploring one's kinks can be a liberating and empowering journey. In this blog post, we'll delve into the nuances of kink, providing guidance for those curious about discovering and embracing their own desires. Defining Kink and BDSM: The first step to determining, "What is your kink?" resides with first defining what kink and BDSM are generally, and then more specifically, to you. Kink is a term that encompasses a wide range of unconventional sexual practices, fantasies, and preferences. BDSM, an acronym for Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism, and Masochism, is a subset of kink that involves power dynamics and consensual role-playing. It's important to note that all activities within the realm of kink and BDSM are based on mutual consent and respect. Self-Reflection and Communication: The next step in exploring one's answer to [...]

By | 2023-12-01T19:16:24+00:00 December 1st, 2023|KInk-Positive Sex Education, PEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unveiling the Power of Sexual Integration Therapy: Insights from Galen Fous’ Eurotas Conference Talk

In the realm of holistic well-being, the Eurotas conference emerged as a beacon of enlightenment, fostering discussions that transcend conventional boundaries. One particularly riveting talk that captured the essence of progressive therapeutic approaches was delivered by Galen Fous, a renowned expert in the field. Galen introduces his revolutionary modality "Sexual Integration Therapy" that helps people enhance their sexual confidence, pleasure and intimacy, while resolving sexual trauma, compulsive sexual behaviors and shame, to embrace your sexual authenticity. His presentation on Sexual Integration Therapy left an indelible mark on attendees, shedding light on the transformative journey of bringing our sexuality out of the cave and into the light. He asks: What are the consequences of being out of the light, out of integrity, in secrecy, with our sexuality? And what can we do to bring it forward? For centuries a lowered sense of the value of our sexuality has been deeply embedded in the collective cultural psyche. This has carried on throughout the ages, ultimately pathologizing sexuality. The danger caused by diagnostic models that pathologize an individuals’ behavior and gets it wrong carries harmful consequences.  Sexual Integration [...]

By | 2023-11-15T18:43:08+00:00 November 15th, 2023|KInk-Positive Sex Education, PEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unraveling Sexual Paradox: A Personal Journey to Achieving Sexual Authenticity

In a world where discussions about sexuality are gradually evolving, it's important to acknowledge the intricacies that shape our sexual identities. One of the unique perspectives on this topic is offered by Galen Fous, who delves into what he terms "sexual paradox." In this blog post, we will explore what sexual paradox means according to Galen Fous and how it can be reconciled to achieve sexual authenticity.  Defining Sexual Paradox Galen Fous, a renowned author and thought leader in the field of human sexuality, has highlighted the term "sexual paradox" to describe the complex and often contradictory forces that shape our sexual desires, orientations, and identities. He suggests that these paradoxes are an intrinsic part of human sexuality, and understanding them is essential for achieving sexual authenticity. Fous posits that sexual paradox involves recognizing the multiplicity of our sexual selves. It acknowledges the fact that human beings can have a diverse range of sexual interests, desires, and fantasies that may seem contradictory on the surface. For example, someone may identify as both dominant and submissive, or they may be drawn to both monogamous and non-monogamous [...]

By | 2023-11-07T17:49:39+00:00 November 7th, 2023|KInk-Positive Sex Education, PEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How the Symbols of BDSM Can Assist with Sexual Healing

In the realm of psychology, the intricate interplay between the mind and the body is a subject of profound fascination. For those seeking to understand and improve their sexual wellbeing, the symbols of BDSM offer a unique and intriguing avenue for exploration. In this blog post, we'll delve into how the symbols of BDSM can assist with sexual healing, providing a holistic perspective on psychology and human sexuality. The Power of Symbols Symbols have played a pivotal role in human history, conveying deep-seated meanings and emotions that transcend language barriers. In the realm of BDSM, these symbols have been carefully crafted to communicate desires, boundaries, and the complex dynamics between partners. The psychology behind the symbols of BDSM lies in its ability to provide a structured framework for communication, fostering trust, understanding, and empathy. Enhancing Communication with Sensory Exploration One of the core principles of BDSM is the necessity of open and honest communication between partners. In the context of sexual healing, this communication is paramount. The use of symbols and codes, such as the iconic "safeword," allows individuals to express their comfort levels and [...]

By | 2023-11-02T18:24:27+00:00 November 2nd, 2023|KInk-Positive Sex Education, PEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Intricate Role of Kink Symbols for Power Play in Sex

The world of human sexuality is a vast and complex landscape, filled with a myriad of expressions and experiences. One such facet that has garnered significant attention in recent years is the realm of BDSM, particularly the use of kink symbols for power play in sex. This blog post aims to delve into the psychological underpinnings of this intriguing aspect of human sexuality. Kink symbols, in the context of BDSM, are objects or actions that signify a particular role, status, or activity within the power dynamic. They can range from clothing items, such as collars or cuffs, to specific gestures or rituals. These symbols serve as a form of non-verbal communication, creating a shared understanding and agreement between the involved parties. From a psychological perspective, these symbols play a crucial role in establishing and maintaining the power dynamic. They act as tangible representations of the psychological contract that exists between the dominant and submissive parties. This contract, often negotiated and agreed upon beforehand, sets the boundaries and expectations for the power play in sex to unfold. The use of kink symbols can be understood through [...]

By | 2023-10-25T19:23:33+00:00 October 25th, 2023|KInk-Positive Sex Education, PEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Demystifying Out of Control Sexual Behavior: Embracing a Sex-Positive Perspective

Sexuality is a fundamental aspect of human nature, often shrouded in myths and misconceptions. One such myth pertains to "out of control" sexual behavior, which is often stigmatized. Galen Fous is a pioneer in the field of human sexuality, advocating for authentic sexuality as everyone's birthright. His work emphasizes the importance of embracing one's unique sexual desires and expressions while promoting a consensual, safe, and respectful approach to sexuality. In this blog post, we will debunk common myths surrounding this topic and explore new, sex-positive ways to regard non-normative sexual behavior.  Myth 1: Out of Control Sexual Behavior Is Always Harmful One prevailing myth suggests that any sexual behavior that deviates from societal norms is inherently out of control sexual behavior, and harmful. However, it is important to recognize that consensual, non-normative sexual activities can be deeply fulfilling and rewarding for those involved. A sex-positive perspective emphasizes that diverse sexual expressions are valid as long as they are consensual and cause no harm. Myth 2: Non-Normative Sexual Behavior Indicates a Mental Disorder Another myth is the assumption that individuals who engage in non-normative sexual activities [...]

By | 2023-10-19T18:53:27+00:00 October 19th, 2023|KInk-Positive Sex Education, PEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Understanding Core Erotic Themes: Exploring the Personal Erotic Myth

In the realm of human sexuality, understanding our core erotic themes can unlock a deeper understanding of our desires and fantasies. Galen Fous has developed and researched this concept and coined it the Personal Erotic Myth (PEM). In this blog post, we will delve into the world of core erotic themes and explore how they shape our sexual experiences. Defining Core Erotic Themes: Core erotic themes, as described by Galen Fous' Personal Erotic Myth, refer to the underlying psychological and emotional patterns that drive our sexual desires and fantasies. These themes are deeply rooted within us and often emerge from our earliest experiences, upbringing, and societal influences. They represent the unique narrative that guides our sexual expression and can encompass a wide range of elements, such as power dynamics, role-playing, sensory experiences, or specific scenarios. Understanding the Personal Erotic Myth: Galen Fous' Personal Erotic Myth suggests that our core erotic themes form a personal narrative, much like a myth, that shapes our sexual identity and preferences. By examining our own personal history and experiences, we can begin to unravel the layers of our desires and [...]

By | 2023-10-11T19:21:19+00:00 October 11th, 2023|KInk-Positive Sex Education, PEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Archetypal Exploration of Dominant and Submissive Symbols in Sexual Power Play Dynamics

For seasoned practitioners of sexual power play, delving into the realm of dominant and submissive symbols takes on a deeper significance. This blog post will examine these symbols through the lens of psychological archetypes, offering a nuanced perspective for those well-acquainted with the intricate tapestry of human sexuality. Understanding the Archetypal: At the heart of sexual power play dynamics lies a profound interplay of psychological archetypes. While it is paramount to underscore that all activities must remain consensual and respectful, a more intricate understanding of these archetypal symbols can elevate the experience and facilitate profound psychological exploration within intimate relationships. Archetypal Representation in BDSM: In the BDSM context, symbols often embody archetypal roles. The iconic black leather whip, for instance, serves as a symbol of dominance and control, mirroring the archetype of the powerful and authoritative figure. Conversely, the submissive may adopt the symbol of a collar, signifying their embrace of the submissive archetype. These symbols serve as potent tools for symbolic communication, allowing for the embodiment and exploration of these archetypal roles. Archetypal Attire and Accessories: Clothing and accessories, chosen with archetypal significance, play [...]

By | 2023-10-04T18:50:37+00:00 October 4th, 2023|KInk-Positive Sex Education, PEM, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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