What's A Sexologist? Read Our Interview With Juliet Allen
The first question that came to mind was simple: What does it mean to be a sexologist? We were pleased to get a chance to speak with Juliet and find out!
Q: For those that don't know can you tell us, what's a sexologist?
A: Sexology is the study of sex. As a sexologist I spend my time studying all aspects of sex and sexuality and then put my study to good use by working as a sexuality coach, educator and writer. A day in my life as a sexologist can include a 1:1 coaching session with a client, writing a sex-related article for a blog, going into schools and educating youth, running a women's sexuality workshop on orgasm… My days can be diverse, fun and interesting and I absolutely love my career choice!
Q: What is Sexuality Life Coaching?
A: Sexuality Life Coaching is similar to regular life coaching, only it focuses more on sexuality, inner desires and intimate relationships with yourself and others. Talking about sex can still be taboo for many people. My goal is to empower people to talk more and reduce the shame they feel when talking about themselves as sexual beings and to dispel the myths that surround sex. As a sexuality coach I create a space where people can talk openly about their life, relationships and experiences with sex and sexuality. Often after just one coaching session my clients feel a lot more freedom and clarity surrounding their sexuality and sex life.
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Q. How did you get into this field of work?
A: I studied psychology when I was a lot younger and have always been interested in the psychology of sex. I watched the 'Kinsey' movie and as soon as it finished I was searching for a postgraduate course in Sexology! I enrolled and began working as a sex educator for young people in Australia. I have always spent a lot of time writing and reading about sex and I am truly passionate about it so naturally my career has taken off!
Q: Can you tell us a bit about the work you do to educate adults about sex?
A: I write a lot of educational articles for my blog (www.juliet-allen.com) and I'm a sexologist for Ansell Condoms. I have a sexology column and Q&A on their website and absolutely love helping people out with their sex-related questions! Next month I'm running a women's workshop called 'Let's Talk About Sex', the workshop includes goodie bags full of fun stuff and a workshop with me on orgasm and self-pleasure. My aim is always to empower others to embrace their sexual selves.
Q: What inspires you?
A: My daughter inspires me everyday. She's 7 years old and absolutely gorgeous. Being a mum has changed my life and is by far my biggest inspiration. Simple life events inspire me; my daily coffee every morning with my lover, watching a movie all snuggled up on the couch, travelling… The list goes on and on. I love living a colourful, yet simple life. (Pictured here: Tracey Cox The Sex Doctor)
Q: What did you do before you began studying sexology?
A: Originally I studied my undergraduate degree in psychology. I then went on to travel the world, gave birth to my beautiful daughter, became a yoga teacher and birth Doula and then decided I wanted to be become a sexologist. I've lived a colourful life and am truly grateful for the path that I am on as a woman and mother.
Q: What's your hope/dream for the future?
A: My life vision is always to empower individuals to embrace their own unique sexuality with acceptance and love. Every person is unique and sexuality is fluid and not always easy to understand. I want to continue my work as a Sexologist and help others to understand sexuality and feel happy as sexual beings.
About the Author
Juliet Allen is a sexologist who stands for sexual empowerment and the rights of everybody to truly and wholeheartedly listen to their body and follow their desires. She works 1:1 as a sexuality coach, with people who are ready to dive into what their sexuality and desires mean to them, empowering them to embrace and accept that sacred part of themselves. She has a background in psychology and postgraduate studies in sexology. Juliet also facilitates inclusive sexuality and relationship workshops for young people and adults in Australia.
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