Nitasha Strait, Ph.D: Understanding the Effect of Lust on Romantic Relationships | Reloscope #15

In this episode, host Aditi Kutty is joined by Dr. Natasha Strait, licensed marriage and family therapist, certified sex therapist, and clinical supervisor specializing in couples and sex therapy

Lust is a timeless and intoxicating emotion that weaves its way into the fabric of human desires. It has intrigued and captivated minds for centuries. While often misunderstood and accompanied by controversy, lust holds a mirror to our deepest passions. It unveils a raw, untamed aspect of humanity.

Meet Dr. Nitasha Strait

Nitasha is the owner/CEO of The Better You Institute, LLC, where she is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified sex therapist, and clinical supervisor specializing in couples and sex therapy. She got her start working in community-based programs throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Here, she learned the power of family systems and attachment.

Nitasha realized how big of a gap or how much misinformation there often was in her client’s learned narratives about sex and sexuality and how greatly that impacted them daily with themselves and their loved ones. It has become her life’s mission to serve as many people as possible, helping individuals untangle sexual scripts that block them from getting what they want.

About the episode

In this episode hosted by Aditi Kutty, Dr. Strait started by discussing how lust and sexual desire impact romantic relationships. She discussed miscommunication in relationship expectations and the challenges that accompany it. She compared sexual and romantic desires and how they differ, their effect on relationships later on, and their chemical influences.

A crucial topic raised was sexual desire incompatibility, which Dr. Strait suggested could often be resolved through effective communication. On the other hand, compatibility in other aspects of the relationship can compensate for differences in sexual desire.

The episode touched upon the influence of cultural and societal expectations on sexual desire. Dr. Strait shared insights into individuals from backgrounds that repressed sexual desire. She drew from her experiences to observe how attachment styles impact sexual desire.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Strait emphasized the importance of understanding and accepting varying levels of sexual desire in relationships. She highlighted the need for a safe, open space to explore and express desires.

Finally, Dr. Strait emphasized the value of effective communication in romantic relationships and the power of self-reflection. She encouraged open conversations about desires, boundaries, and positive self-talk.

In conclusion

Sexual intimacy and lust contribute to the essence of a successful relationship. In order to achieve that, it’s important not to shy away from or avoid sexual communication, for communication is key. Understanding, acceptance, and openness are must-haves for a satisfactory sexual life!

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