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Sacred Psychology: Season 4 Episode 3 with LCDR Jamie Sorenson

Jamie Sorenson

In this podversation:

I teamed back up with the incomparable LCDR Jamie Sorenson whom you might remember from Season 3 Episode 1- Why You Tried to Kill Yourself, to answer some really common relationship questions collected from listeners. Two mental health practitioners for the price of one! And since we don’t always agree, you’re getting a pluralistic perspective on issues many are afraid to ask about.

  1. (2:52)How do I know if someone is into me?
  2. (7:03)What do I do about my partners jealousy?
  3. (13:04)I want to have kids she does not. Can the relationship work?
  4. (19:10)We just started dating and she already wants to spend less time together. What does that mean?
  5. (23:49)How do we stop fighting over religion?
  6. (33:33)Do you believe in soulmates?
  7. (38:58)Am I ever going to meet someone?
  8. (43:54)Do you have premonitions about a partner? Like the song …”I knew I loved you before I met you.”
  9. (45:29)What level of privacy is OK in relationships?
  10. (50:23)I feel like I can’t do things spontaneously like have a friend over or go out. I feel like I have to ask permission first and when do have people over or go out, I feel like I have to tip-toe around telling him this is what I’m planning. If we don’t talk about it before hand he grumbles and then I feel like I have to tip-toe even more. How can I better approach this?
  11. (56:30)“How to know when a partner’s request for photographic “material” becomes concerning. Is it ever normal, or is it a definite sign of sexual addiction?”
  12. (1:07:20)“How do you best handle intimacy after taking a loving look at and un-packing trauma, when your ideas around it transform and change?”
  13. (1:13:09)“My wife wants an open relationship and I want to complete fidelity. Should we get a divorce?”
  14. (1:24:30)“I am poly curious (did I just make that up?), and husband says hell no and now I feel ashamed for even suggesting it. What now?”
  15. (1:25:50)“Navigating your partner’s jealousy and possessiveness as someone with a lot of muchness, who likes to share herself with others and have the freedom to share and receive unlabeled affection and intimacy with many people, not just one.”

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Meet LCDR Jamie Sorenson

Why You Tried To Kill Yourself book Jamie is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is currently serving as the embedded Mental Health Provider at Command Submarine Squadron 11 out in San Diego CA, providing mental health treatment, education, consultation and much more to all the of sailors and submariners attached to that division.

Her awards include the Navy-Marine Corp Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, & the Navy Achievement Medal with one gold star. She also was also honored as the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Mental Health Nurse of the Year in 2013 by San Diego Psychiatric Nursing Society.

She wrote & published the book “Why You Tried to Kill Yourself” in 2017. Her newest book, “Single, Pitiful and Unlovable…Yeah Right!” is available on Amazon.

As if that weren’t enough, Jamie has completed over 80 whole/half marathons! She’s an avid traveler and animal lover.

Meet Tamara Powell

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Tamara Powell, LMHC is a licensed therapist, university psychology instructor, and soul mentor for non-conformists. She is also a reiki master teacher known for integrating science and mysticism.

With specializations designed to quell existential angst and provoke the highest potential in each individual to achieve their true soul purpose, Tamara is passionate about holding sacred space for misfits and mystics.
If you’re interested in working with her, you can learn more about her services here.





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  1. Laurie Young

    Laurie Young

    February 23, 2019 at 8:47 pm -

    Hi — left a msg. on your Facebook page but now I find a better place to comment — here! Thanks for the interesting, insightful talk w/ Jamie Sorenson, 04 Ep 03. Lots of thought-provoking topics. But one small piece suggested that a partner may be controlling or manipulative if they have a problem w/ the other partner inviting guests over to the house. I couldn’t tell which of you answered, but I’d like to add something. If a person were very introverted (I am) they may feel threatened by not knowing if/when their quiet and privacy will be “invaded.” I agree it’s good if the one inviting company can let their partner/housemate know in advance that it’s ok, acceptable and not “bad” if they want to go off and do their own thing in their own space/room if family and friends visit. But it may not be manipulative nor controlling if an introvert tries to speak up about their legit desire for peace and quiet. It’s hard not to feel ‘less than’ or somehow flawed, when we are not extroverts but are expected to deal w/ the norms of cultural expectations to be outgoing. I can see, too, that an introvert roommate needs to accommodate the needs of their more sociable partner. As I mentioned on your FB page, I was emboldened to mention this when you let us know that some of your followers are fans of enneagram. Like me. : ) Five, INTJ And sometimes there’s an advantage to introverts being together w/ each other — less noise, less “drama,” more Time Off! : ) Thanks!

    1. Arya_Therapy_Services


      March 7, 2019 at 6:05 pm -

      Thank you so much for listening and for the wonderful comment! I absolutely agree with you, and I think, my guest would as well with added backstory like what you shared.

      Especially through the lens of the Enneagram and the Myers-Briggs, which is why I love them so much, we can see that the motivation for behavior is so very different from person to person. Thank you for adding extra attention to that very important point!

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