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Ep. 15: Sex, Shame, and Navigating Conflict w/ Moushumi Ghose, LMFT

Updated: Jun 29

Mou shares her insights as a therapist with over two decades of experience!


Episode Recap


Ashley is joined by author, documentarian, and therapist Moushumi Ghose, to discuss the connection between shame and sex, as well as navigating conflict in relationships and how to fight well.

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  • “A lot of the shame that we hold on to in terms of sexuality has become useless.” - Mou

  • “Like shit people are dying--now is the time to be your realest self because you want to be around other humans that resonate on that frequency.” - Mou

  • “Quarantine means getting more creative in terms of intimacy and sexuality. I recommend pushing the envelope or doing something a little outside of your comfort zone.” -Mou

  • “Trauma is contagious and exponential.” -Mou

  • “Trauma can be anything that pulls the rug out from under you and you fall on your ass and you look up and everything hurts and is spinning and you’re like what the hell.” -Mou

  • “The signs I encourage people to look for are sweaty palms, heart racing fast, pit in the stomach, butterflies, anxious, face is flushed and hot, stop seeing straight, lightheaded, rageful- that is what activation or a trigger feels like.” -Mou

  • “The goal is not to blame yourself for the trigger, but to recognize that the trauma now creates a story and that story is a lie, it’s old news, it doesn’t exist anymore, it’s not happening in that moment.” -Mou

  • “Self-awareness is one of the sexiest traits you can have.” -Ashley


About Moushumi Ghose, LMFT: Mou is an activist and advocate towards healthier attitudes around sexuality and gender. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist she opened a solo private practice in 2007, with a passion for helping people empower their relationships and sexuality. Her passion to reach broader audiences served as her transition into making video & films, writing articles/books, and public speaking. 

She also transitioned out of a solo practice into a worldwide sex therapy/ psychotherapy/coaching group practice with a team of therapists and coaches whom she trains and who see clients in person and virtually, worldwide. 


To find and work with Mou, visit her website and Instagram. Buy her books: Marriage, Money, and Porn; Love is Not A Pie; Classic Sex Positions Reinvented.


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