Cheers Sexy People!
Happy Thursday, rock stars! I am delighted to share my latest podcast interview that I captured with the amazing and awesome Melissa DaSilva. I was elated to meet Melissa when she reached out to me to be on her podcast that caters to the LGBTQ+ community, Pride Connections. We had a hoot of a time creating that episode together (Episode 28) – so much so that I invited her to also come onto my podcast that I am sharing with you today. Melissa is vivacious, passionate, entertaining, and just a bubbly enthusiastic lover of life, and living life on your terms. I love this gal! She is also quite fascinating doing work as an artist and even a hypnotist! Melissa, I am so stoked with everything that you are doing. Keep helping make the world a better place for those of us that color outside the lines! You rock!
Here is Melissa DaSilva’s bio:
Melissa DaSilva is an entrepreneur, podcast host, therapist, hypnotist and artist. Melissa started her career in the social work field. She has worked in agencies and schools for many years. Always wanting to make more of an impact on society, she started the mental health agency East Coast Mental Wellness. She has created an environment that gives clinicians a place to do work that they love, so they can help clients make the change they so desperately want. Melissa’s specialties include helping others get unstuck in their lives through the use of coaching, therapeutic techniques and hypnosis. Melissa is also the creator and host of the successful LGBTQ+ podcast Pride Connections. She has been published on many website blogs and featured as a guest on several international podcasts. When not working Melissa enjoys spending time creating art, reading and connecting with others. She is a proud wife and pet parent.
Some topics we discuss in this super cool, educational, and fascinating interview:
— Melissa shares about her work as a therapist specializing in the LGBTQ+ and as a coach to other therapists – plus her top two karaoke songs!
— Learn more about her podcast where I was a guest and an upcoming podcast called “The Shit Therapists Say.”
— The shocking truth about the lack of awareness of polyamory among couples therapists.
— Her biggest challenge in her relationships: “Unlearning what your parents teach you.”
— How doing couple therapy sessions (towards the end of the day) influences her attitude towards jealousy in her relationship.
— Melissa discusses being an empath and how it stems from childhood trauma, as well as tips on how empaths can “recharge”.
— Her next project: New property in Latin America. Find out where it is and her plans for this new venture.
— Learn more about LGBTQ+ individuals who are transitioning or non-binary, the often insensitive questions they get, and restroom struggles.
— Melissa touches on the topic: “Are non-binaries real?”
— Her growing market which includes 8th graders!
— Learn about Melissa’s tip for those who’d like to go into alternative relationships.
— Melissa’s top book recommendations, her favorite Bruno Mars song, and more fun stuff!
Thank you Melissa, for being so awesomely generous with your time; for the Pride Connections podcast aimed at the LGBTQ+ community, and for sharing your wisdom and insights with us via the podcast interview! It was enlightening, engaging, and so fun! Follow her work and adventures at her website at MsMelissaDaSilva.com, her therapy practice at EastCoastMentalWellness.com, her podcast PrideConnections.com, and on Facebook @APrivatePracticeMadeEasy.
To hear the podcast, go to the Podcast link here and subscribe to the Loving Without Boundaries podcast, and check out Episode 108 with Melissa. Also, please help spread awareness of alternative lifestyles and create more tolerance for consensual non-monogamy in the world at large by Rating and Reviewing the Loving Without Boundaries podcast in iTunes. It only takes a few minutes.
If you would like to be interviewed either in written form or via audio on the podcast, please feel free to contact me and we will set something up. Thank you!
ANNOUNCEMENT – GUEST PODCAST APPEARANCES
I recently have had the honor of being featured on two other podcasts:
Check them out! We talk about all things jealousy, consensual non-monogamy, and living an alternative lifestyle while maintaining healthy relationships. On “With PolyAnna”, I vulnerably share a story about why pole dancing changed my life! Tune in to find out more!
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT OFFER – We continue to have some exciting goings on here at Loving Without Boundaries (LWB). We now have exclusive content for you via the LWB podcast and my Patreon page for those who choose to become a patron. Please visit the link to check out how you can come join the party over at Patreon! Want to hear more from our amazing interviewees? You got it! Want to dig deeper into the community and your fellow poly folk? Right on, let’s do it! Want free relationship coaching? It’s all there! Come join us, and enjoy exclusive content made just for you, our patrons of this work!
NOTE: Soon I will be offering a monthly group “hangout” and coaching calls for all of our podcast patrons at any level. If you are supporting the podcast, I am supporting you on your journey. Come join us and meet like-minded folks on the same journey you are!
UPCOMING POLYAMOROUS-FRIENDLY EVENTS
1) Free LWB Facebook Group for Healthy, Sex Positive, Open Relationships — Ready to explore healthy, deeply connected (and virtually jealousy-free) open relationships? It’s all possible – especially when surrounded by a community of people already doing it. Many in newly open relationships experience roller coaster emotions of jealousy, insecurity, and feel alone on their journey. That’s why I created this free Facebook group where people are coming together to share actionable tips for succeeding in multiple loving relationships, explore deeper love, and find mutual understanding and support. There’s an abundance of rock star information posted in the group daily by our amazing members. We create a safe place to engage that’s fun and thrilling! Click here and request to join our free group!
2) World Domination Summit (WDS) Meetup; Portland, Oregon; Sunday, June 30, 2019, 1:30pm–3pm — Workshop: Jealousy Survival Guide. Jealousy can have an enormous impact on some people, so it is no surprise that people (especially those who practice consensual non-monogamy) think, talk, and write about it quite a bit. Using techniques from her book, “Jealousy Survival Guide”, Kitty Chambliss gives you inspiration and provides tools to gain and practice new skills. This is a comprehensive workshop and step-by-step template for recognizing feelings of jealousy and insecurity as they come up using effective tools for sorting through those emotions, and when, if, and how to bring up challenging or potentially emotionally charged conversations with loved ones. NOTE: You do NOT need to be a WDS attendee to come to this meetup that is being held at the locally famous McMenamins Ringlers Pub. Come join the fun, the adventure, and the celebration of community!
3) Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit (SFS), Alexandria, Virginia, August 15–18, 2019 — The Sexual Freedom Summit features human rights activists, sexuality educators and researchers, professionals from the legal and medical fields, authors, sexual freedom movement leaders and organizational partners all working toward the time when sexual freedom is fully recognized as a fundamental human right. This Summit is for EVERYONE interested in learning about the issues in the realm of sexual freedom, advancing their current knowledge and in gaining the tools to actually create the change we need to accomplish. I hope to see you there!
See you on the flip side, lovely community! Keep being brave, compassionately vulnerable, and uniquely and authentically you!
Wishing you peace, love and happiness
(and thrilling, fun sex too!)
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