When a TEDx talk has the word “Masturbation” in the title, it’s hard to know what you are in for; but let’s be honest – one can’t help but (a) wonder what it will look like, and (b) who the hell has the guts to deliver a talk on this often-taboo subject? Well, the answer to both questions is simple – Dr. Teesha Morgan, that’s who.
Being an old guy, whenever I hear the term “Sex Therapist” I tend to think of Dr. Ruth – you know, that lovely grandmother who is still brazenly instructing listeners in a thick german accents to “Massage the clitoris with the tip of the penis” or some other such graphic intimate act; things that to be honest, I’m not totally comfortable hearing from an 87-year-old woman who (in my mind at least) is better suited serving milk and cookies to grandkids rather than telling them what to do with their junk.
This is just one of reasons why meeting Dr. Morgan, (Okay, Teesha) and then hearing her TEDx Stanley Park was so great; she has re-defined the title of what a “Sex Therapist” looks like. To start with, Teehsa is young, hip and stylish – all of which I think makes her very relatable, both in and out of the office. As a sex therapist, she’s unfailing professional and approachable; yet she also strikes me as someone who’d be fun to have a beer with after work.
Another major reason to listen to Teesha is her very impressive resume; besides having a Bachelors of Science degree, a Major in Psychology and a Masters of Counselling degree specializing in Sex Therapy, she also has an Associate in Sex Education and Clinical Sexology certificate – sort of “one-two-three” (or is that four?) academic punch, and one that makes her one of the few Sex Therapists AND Clinical sexologist in Vancouver.
Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, Dr. Morgan concluded her studies by receiving a Doctorate in Human Sexuality, and is a well-known columnist & featured writer in numerous national newspapers, magazines, often appearing on television and radio programs. But even with such an impressive resume, what makes her TEDx Stanley Park talk an especially great is the final ingredient she brings to the table… and that’s her wicked sense of humour.
Teesha is someone who is clearly fun to be around; she has an easy style, a professional manner, and is quick to tell a cheeky joke – all at the same time. Shortly after we met, it dawned on me that these are all qualities that she must use to put her patients (clients?) at ease, and make them feel comfortable and safe enough to discuss some very personal topics with her.
Lucky for us, these are the exact same qualities she brought to her TEDx Stanley Park talk “Masturbation Myths”, making it one of the funniest, yet brazenly honest talks we got to see and hear that afternoon. Heck, I even learned about the “Little Man In The Canoe” that day!
Anyway, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this TEDx talk as much as I did; and make sure you leave a comment below to help support the video! Oh, and while I’m at it, I can’t forget to shout out Doctor Morgan’s latest venture: Her book, “Heads Up”~! Make sure you check it out at www.headsupbook.com.
My thanks to Teesha (Eh-hem! Dr. Morgan) for allowing me to share her TEDx talk (and book preview) with you. You rock!
Dr. Morgan is the Co-Founder of The Westland Academy of Clinical Sex Therapy an online teaching program for busy professionals, launching in Fall 2015. She can be reached here.