Episode 8: Premature Ejaculation 101


Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Shannon Hickman, LCSW, CST, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist on the topic of understanding premature (or early or rapid) ejaculation. What is the diagnostic criteria for PE? Do people know how long most sexual experiences last? What types of myths and misconceptions abound about sexual expectations and what it means to have a successful sexual encounter that affect people's perspective about penile performance? What contributes to PE? What types of treatment can be helpful for PE? What role can the spouse play in treatment? What role does physiology play versus psychology? 


Shannon Hickman is a licensed clinical social worker with 12 years of experience in a variety of disciplines. She has worked in a variety of group and individual settings, including hospitals, clinics, and drug and alcohol  treatment facilities, and now runs a private practice in Murray, Utah.  Shannon is focused on individual and couples counseling as well as sex therapy. She received her undergraduate degree in 2004 in social work from the University of Utah and went on to receive her masters degree in social work in 2006 from Rutgerā€™s University. 


Resources/Recommendations that were mentioned during the podcast:

DSM 5

International Society for Sexual Medicine

She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman by Ian Kerner

Guide to Getting It On by Paul Joannides

Stephanie Buehler author of Sex, Love and Mental Illness: A Couple's Guide to Staying Connected and A Heart-Pounding Guide to Passionate Sex

Sensate Focus

Sensate Focus Exercise: Non-Sexual Intimacy

Flesh Light Product (some may find this site offensive)


Other resources:

Coping with Premature Ejaculation: How to Overcome PE, Please Your Partner and Have Great Sex by Barry McCarthy and Michael Metz

For good lube information check out the Mormon Sex Info podcast: Lubrication 101


Thank you to Jeff Meyers for the intro and Peter & Mary Danzig of Otter Creek Duo for the concluding bumper music. 


Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcast, Mormon Mental Health.  


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