Re-Thinking Infidelity

On June 7, 2015, in Denver Sex Therapy, by drneilcannon1

Yesterday in Minneapolis I had the privilege of introducing my friend, Esther Perel, to 600 sex therapists for her key note plenary address.  We were attending the annual international conference for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT).  AASECT is the leading certification body in the world for clinical and educational aspects of human sexuality.

Esther not only packed the house, but she shook it!  I have never seen any other speaker at this event receive such a long and enthusiastic standing ovation following her speech.  Esther is the author of the best-seller, Mating in Captivity and now has more than 7 million views on her two Ted Talks.  Esther is a true thought-leader on the subject of eroticism.

 

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Dr. Neil Cannon and Esther Perel speaking in Minneapolis

Mating in Captivity…

On April 19, 2015, in Uncategorized, by drneilcannon1

 

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Please allow me to introduce you to my friend, Esther Perel…

Everyone in our field knows that Esther is a shining star in the world of sex, intimacy and relationships. She is a masterful clinician practicing in New York City and the most eloquent person I know. Esther authored the “must read” book for couples called “Mating in Captivity” and she gave a remarkable Ted Talk viewed now by some 6 million people.  Esther speaks a half dozen languages fluently and she has an extraordinary clinical understanding of eroticism.  Esther epitomizes the concept of being an old soul.

My reason for writing about Esther however isn’t about her brilliance, but rather her professional generosity.  Several years ago when Esther was visiting Denver, we were “talking shop” over dinner.  She was kind enough to share an exercise with me that she does with her clients.  I have been using it ever sense with my own clients however I hadn’t yet passed it on to the clinicians that I teach, supervise and mentor.  So on this beautiful Sunday morning here in Denver, I sent Esther an e-mail requesting permission to share her work.  Before I could get back upstairs with a fresh cup of coffee, there was a lovely affirmative response waiting for me.

That my friends, is professional generosity and I didn’t want it to go un-noticed.  Thank you, Esther for all that you do for our beloved field, the clients we serve, and the work we do.