Dr. Shannon Chavez Qureshi, PsyD, CST is a nationally recognized expert, therapist, and educator specializing in "all things sexuality" including help for men, women, and couples, the treatment of sexual disorders, sex education for conservative religious and cultural groups, sexual trauma and abuse, and compulsive behaviors surrounding love, romance, and sex.
She is a Licensed Psychologist in California (PSY26924) and Arizona (4290) and has a private practice in Beverly Hills, California where she works with individuals and couples (of all genders and orientations) to address sexual concerns and build sexual awareness through therapy, coaching, and education.
Dr. Shannon is also a national speaker on women's sexual health and has been featured on major news, radio, and television programs as a sex and relationship expert. She has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, HuffPost, Refinery29, Prevention, Reader's Digest, Shape, Women's Health, Men's Health, Latino Perspectives, and Self Magazine, and is a frequent contributor to the websites SheKnows.com, Kinkly.com, and SimplySxy.com.
She wrote a guide for clinicians on the treatment of love addiction through the use of attachment-oriented psychodynamic therapy, proving she has actually "written the book on it"! She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master's degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
She completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Institute for Sexual Health in Beverly Hills, California treating sex addiction-compulsivity and sexual dysfunction.
Dr. Shannon Chavez is an active member of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Sandra Daugherty punches sexual shame in the face. The sex educator is a firm believer in the right to healthy intimate experiences and the skills that get us there.
Sandra is known the world over for her podcast, "Sex Nerd Sandra." At once irreverent and educational, the show has earned a top spot on iTunes. Its loyal listenership (over 14 million downloads) is vocal about Sandra's impact, describing her as "inspiring" with "contagious enthusiasm" and an "awesome nerd-like ability that [she's] not afraid to show."
Her weekly podcast has run since 2011 under the Nerdist Industries banner with no end in sight.
Her professional journey began in 2009 normalizing sexuality through sex-positive workshops and she continues to teach as well as appearing across other platforms including web and TV shows, podcasts, documentaries, panels, lectures, personal coaching and consulting.
Her background in cultural anthropology, philosophy, and broadcast journalism provide crucial lenses through which she views her work. Sandra has completed the comprehensive sex educator training program provided by San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI), attends professional conferences and workshops regularly, and is passionately committed to creating a safe space for each person's unique intimate needs.
Her methods include heavy doses of physical comedy, playful insight, and surprising disclosure.