If you are experiencing pain when having or attempting to have intercourse, you are certainly not alone. According to an article published in Harvard Health, “Millions of women experience pain before, during or after sexual intercourse. Many women suffer in silence and don’t seek the help they need, or they have trouble finding a clinician who…

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Hello. I missed writing a blog last month because, well…all hell broke loose. I write to you from my home.  Seeing my dear clients online or by phone. We’re all experiencing little human contact. Feeling vulnerable. I’m sure you can relate. This new world means that we’re going through all this together, at the same…

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I recently listened to a few podcasts that talked about stress reduction and thought there were a lot of good ideas.  I have been working closely with all of them myself and will attempt to share these ideas in hopes that you will find them helpful too. Reducing stress in our lives is so important. …

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It is so very important that we all take care of ourselves.  No one else is going to do it.  When we don’t, we ultimately run ourselves into the ground.  This is a healthy reminder that seems to return over and over around the holiday season.  It is especially needed for women, but truly it…

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Pain or discomfort during intercourse may be diagnosed as dyspareunia, vaginismus or vulvadinia in women.

Kimberly Atwood is a licensed psychotherapist and certified sex therapist specializing in sexual health, intimacy and relationship issues. She works in private practice in Princeton, NJ and provides online therapy with clients across the country (IN, MA, NJ, NY, PA). For more information, please check out her website.

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The last few things I’ll add about self-care… As we’ve been exploring, self-care isn’t just about a bubble bath and exercise.  Think outside the box and find new ways to rejuvenate your energetic supply.  There isn’t a prescription and it will evolve for you over time.  Sometimes we may need a lot more or different…

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Get creative – creativity is so important and helpful when it comes to self-care.  This can be as easy as getting an adult coloring book or making a new music playlist for yourself to listen to (and sing with) in the car. You could take a class in art/music/photography (and many others) or pick up…

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Adding on to last week’s post, here are a few more ways of making self-care a priority for you in 2019. Create a ritual that helps tap into the parasympathetic nervous system by slowing down – for example: making hot tea (or hot water with lemon) as a ritual. The ritual aspect to this means…

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I don’t know why, but I really don’t like making New Year’s resolutions.  However, I do strive for self-improvement and growth all year long.  One of my main focal points over the last year has been improving self-care, and I carry this into 2019 as well.  I have found a new at-home practice to be…

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One of the most important tools that consistently gives back the most for the least amount of time and energy is… **drum roll please** a gratitude journal.  And, what better time of year to remember to give thanks (or gratitude) than Thanksgiving.  This is also a good time of year to make a commitment to…

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