Sex Talk Special Guest Dr. Anadel Barbour – How to Have Better Sex

Dr. Barbour was 40 years old with a high school education when she got sober. Without a plan in mind, she began taking classes part-time at a community college while holding various jobs. After earning a We’re going to be breaking new ground on this week’s SEX TALK. For the first time, the focus will be on “How to Have Better Sex.” My special guest is Sex Coach/ Sexologist, author of the clinician’s book “Sex in Sobriety”, Dr. Anadel Barbour. She will be answering questions as well as providing advice on how to have better sex, how to re-engage your partner, and how to experience pleasure despite physical barriers.

certificate as a drug and alcohol counselor she began working at a rehab until the financial struggle of an entry-level position forced her back into restaurant work. As coincidence would have it, she was feeling too old and tired for the waitress hustle when the restaurant burned down. It was the kick in the pants she needed. The next six years were spent as a full-time student, receiving a BA in liberal arts, a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctorate Degree from The Institute for the Advancement of Human Sexuality. Today, Dr. Barbour is a Sexologist (therapist) and Sex Coach based in Los Angeles. She specializes in trauma, addiction, and sexual concerns.

When I asked why she decided to specialize in sexuality she said that as a drug counselor, she’d noticed that sex was missing from the treatment conversation and that she was tired of hearing that “sex and drugs were outside of the scope of practice” while working in supervision groups as a clinical psychologist in Family Therapy. As a Sex Coach, she brings mindfulness techniques into the bedroom. Dr. Barbour is the creator of FLOW Therapy which focuses on individuals’ own resources for fulfillment, liberation ownership and well-being.

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For anyone not in-the-know, SEX TALK is a free monthly live video event on open to anyone in recovery where the conversation focuses on how sex (and our relationship to our sexual-selves) has impacted our recovery. It is a judgement-free space to shed shame and secrets, to find identification and solutions. It’s a place to start connecting the dots between our beliefs and behaviors and our emotional response to them. SEX TALK is an hour filled with honesty, empathy and compassion. I hope you join us.


About Patty Powers

Originally from Toronto, Patty began drinking and using drugs recreationally as an adolescent. At eighteen she moved to New York City where chance meetings with other addicts opened doors to careers, romantic relationships, the art world and the music scene. By 1987, she was living alone in an abandoned building in Los Angeles, having cut all ties to her former life. It was at this low point she was first introduced to recovery. On December 10th 1988, Patty was admitted into a treatment facility located outside of New Orleans for heroin addiction, cocaine, and methamphetamine use. She was discharged with 42 days clean on the first day of Mardi Gras and has remained drug and alcohol free. Patty did not set out to become a recovery coach. Initially she was asked by friends in the entertainment industry to help provide guidance and companionship to their clients struggling with balancing work commitments with their newfound sobriety.Through word-of-mouth her practice grew to include referrals from therapists, treatment providers, and other coaches. Leaders in the wellness community, including integrative physicians and psychiatrists, now refer Patty clients struggling not only with substance abuse issues but also those with impulsive destructive behaviors. Her recovery writing and personal essays appear regularly on numerous websites. Patty speaks at wellness events and sober college campuses and brings Recovery Strategies Workshops to community and recovery events. She hosts a live video open discussion on Sex in Recovery the first Sunday of each month at
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  1. I didn’t realize the Oscars were happening the same night as SEX TALK or I would have postponed a week because my special guest is full of “how to” instructions to bring into the bedroom and will take questions from attendees.

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