David Bullard on Sex, Trauma and Intimacy (#82)

About the Guest

David Bullard, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been practicing individual psychotherapy and couples therapy in San Francisco for over 30 years. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was affiliated with the Human Sexuality Program and the Behavioral Medicine Unit, hosted international symposia on sexuality and medical conditions, and taught courses to medical students, nurses, interns, residents, faculty, therapists and other health care providers. He currently consults with the Symptom Management Service (which provides outpatient palliative care) at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and is a member of the Professional Advisory Group, Spiritual Care Services, Clinical Pastoral Education Program at UCSF. David is a guest teacher at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center and Green Gulch. David’s practice and teaching have been supported and deepened by exploring Bhutan with Dr. Robert Thurman; by advanced training in the trauma therapy, Somatic Experiencing, in Brazil with Dr. Peter Levine; and by enjoying time in the west of Ireland with David Whyte and others in celebration of the poetry of the human soul.

In this episode, we discuss:

  1. The evolution of sex therapy and myths of sexuality
  2. Common obstacles to intimacy; including the role of social media, pornography and how they can augment or detract from intimacy
  3. New ways of treating trauma
  4. Cultivating presence with our nervous system
  5. David’s experience of Buddhism
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