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Charting Toward Intimacy
Charting Toward Intimacy
Ellen Holloway

Looking for answers to the questions you don't want to Google? Not sure where to get help when your sexual life is... more

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Sex Sucked for the First Year of our Marriage | Ep. 179

In this episode I (Ellen) am joined by my husband Kurt to discuss the challenges we faced during the first... more

22 Jul 2024 · 33 minutes
The Different Types of Painful Sex with Tighten Your Tinkler | Ep. 178

Get our FREE Download of 5 tips for less painful sex!In this episode of Charting Toward Intimacy, Ellen Holloway is... more

15 Jul 2024 · 36 minutes
Family Vacations and Sex | Ep. 177

In this episode Ellen and Kathleen dive into the complexities of maintaining a healthy sex life during family vacations.... more

08 Jul 2024 · 28 minutes
What Does the Church Actually Teach about Oral Stimulation? | Ep. 176

In this episode host Ellen Holloway delves into the topic of oral stimulation. Ellen explains the church's teachings on what... more

01 Jul 2024 · 11 minutes
Trying New Positions | Ep. 175

Trying new positions can be a lot! Maybe you're not sure how to approach the conversation or you don't even... more

24 Jun 2024 · 31 minutes
They Mystery of Sexual Pleasure and the Body | Ep. 174

In this episode Ellen delves into why there isn't a checklist for sexual pleasure in marriage and why that's a... more

17 Jun 2024 · 12 minutes
Grooming and Shaving | Ep. 173

In this episode Ellen and Kathleen discuss the nuances of grooming and shaving the genital area from a Catholic... more

10 Jun 2024 · 34 minutes
Painful Sex, Differing Comfort Levels, and Communicating about Sex | Ep. 172

Today Ellen is answering a question from Instagram:My husband really resists oral, but sex has been painful for me. He's... more

03 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
Lingerie Style Guide | Ep 171

In this week's episode Kathleen and Ellen talk about some common elements of lingerie. They discuss both personal preferences as... more

27 May 2024 · 33 minutes
What is the 10-minute Unwind? | Ep. 170

Ellen addresses the struggle many women face in transitioning from their busy day to intimate moments with their spouse.... more

21 May 2024 · 15 minutes
NFP is NOT "Catholic Contraception" | Ep. 169

In this episode, Ellen and Kathleen delve into the distinction between Natural Family Planning (NFP) and contraception, addressing common questions... more

13 May 2024 · 33 minutes
What if I'm Not Comfortable With Something My Husband Suggests? | Ep. 168

In this episode Ellen discusses how couples can handle differing levels of comfort with sexual acts. She emphasizes the importance... more

06 May 2024 · 14 minutes
Chastity is More Than Just Abstinence - SO MUCH MORE | Ep. 167

In this episode Ellen and Kathleen explore the topic of chastity within marriage, emphasizing that chastity goes beyond merely abstaining... more

29 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
Messy Liturgies and Sin-Filled Marriages | Ep. 166

In this episode Ellen shares a personal revelation about finding God's presence and grace in the imperfections of married life... more

22 Apr 2024 · 14 minutes
Thank God for Your Husband's Sex Drive | Ep. 165

This episode focuses on the common issue among couples regarding the disparity in sex drives, a topic frequently brought up... more

15 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
What Does the Church Actually Teach about Manual Stimulation? | Ep. 164

In this episode, the focus is on the church's teachings regarding manual stimulation and masturbation within the context of marriage.... more

08 Apr 2024 · 20 minutes
Stop Treating Good Sexual Thoughts Like Intrusive Thoughts | Ep. 163

In this episode of Charting Toward Intimacy, Ellen and Kathleen tackle the challenge of internalized purity culture and its impact... more

01 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
Your Hormones Aren't the Reason You Have Low Sexual Desire | Ep. 162

In this episode we'll address the misconception among individuals practicing Natural Family Planning (NFP) that their sexual desire only peaks... more

25 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
Postpartum Sex! | Ep. 161

This episode addresses the complexities and challenges couples face regarding postpartum sex. The episode covers the expectations, fears, and physical... more

18 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
Your Marriage Doesn't Need to Be Perfect | Ep. 160

Ellen addresses the common pursuit of perfectionism in marriage and sexual relationships, emphasizing that perfection is not a prerequisite for... more

11 Mar 2024 · 12 minutes
Sex is Not a Love Language | Ep. 159

In this episode of 'Charting Toward Intimacy', Kathleen and Ellen discuss the misconception of sex being a love language. They... more

04 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
Are you reducing sex to a purely physical act? | Ep 158

In this episode Ellen discusses the deep connection between sex and prayer. She implements the teachings of the Catechism, arguing... more

25 Feb 2024 · 16 minutes
NFP is Unfair | Ep. 157

This podcast, led by Ellen Holloway and Kathleen Chavones, discusses the challenges of sticking to Natural Family Planning (NFP) during... more

19 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
The Most Vulnerable Thing You Can Do | Ep. 156

This episode focuses on the emotional complexities of initiating sex within a Catholic marriage, emphasizing the importance of understanding individual... more

12 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
Is Sexual Passivity Ruining Your Sex Life? - With Mike "Gomer" Gormley | Ep. 155

Mike 'Gomer' Gormley joins host Ellen as they discuss the detrimental effects of sexual passivity on marriage and ways to... more

05 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
How to Take the Pressure Off of Sex | Ep. 154

In this podcast episode, Ellen addresses the challenge of navigating sex within a marriage, particularly from a Catholic perspective. She... more

29 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
Are You the Gatekeeper of Sex? | Ep. 153

In this podcast Ellen, discusses the idea of women becoming gatekeepers of sex in a relationship, specifically within the context... more

22 Jan 2024 · 30 minutes
If You Could Re-do Your Wedding Night, What Would You Change? | Ep. 152

In this episode, hosts Ellen and Kathleen talk about lessons they wish they knew on their wedding night. They highlight... more

15 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Are You Too Tired For Sex? | Ep. 151

In this episode, we discuss the common scenario of feeling too tired for marital intimacy. We'll talk about the importance... more

08 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
Pornography, Sex Manuals, and Sex Therapy, Oh My! with Dr. Sarah Bartel | Ep. 150

Ellen is joined by Dr. Sarah Bartel for part 2 of their conversation on licit and illicit acts. The episode... more

01 Jan 2024 · 36 minutes
Sex Toys, Lingerie, and Orgasms, Oh My! With Dr. Sarah Bartel | Ep. 149

Ellen discusses sex and intimacy within the confines of Catholic marriage with guest Dr. Sarah Bartel. The primary focus is... more

25 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
Never Give up on Intimacy: A Deep Dive into Despair | Ep. 148

Ellen and Kathleen are discussing on how to overcome despair and struggles associated with intimacy in a marriage. They emphasize... more

18 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Can Catholics Record Sex? | Ep. 147

We're talking about why recording sexual encounters between spouses is not in line with the Catholic understanding of marital intimacy.... more

11 Dec 2023 · 14 minutes
Your Assumptions Are Killing Your Sex Life | Ep. 146

Ellen and Kathleen discuss a myriad of assumptions women often make about sex, how they negatively impact one's sex life,... more

04 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Arousal Curves and Getting Past Plateau | Ep. 145

Ever been stuck during arousal because you hit a plateau and you don't know what happens next? This episode is... more

27 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
How Do You Find Peace When Sex and Family Planning Don’t Go as Planned? | Ep. 144

Ellen and Kathleen discuss the topic of finding peace when sex and family planning don't go as planned. They delve... more

20 Nov 2023 · 33 minutes
Embracing Patience: A Journey Toward Holiness and Intimacy | Ep. 143

In this episode, Ellen discusses the virtue of patience, particularly in the context of sex, marital intimacy, and pregnancy. She... more

13 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
What if my husband doesn't agree with just reasons to use NFP? | Ep. 142

In this episode of 'Charting Toward Intimacy', Ellen is joined by Kathleen's husband Michael.We'll explore how couples should handle disagreements... more

06 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
Spontaneity is Crap | Ep. 141

"I like spontaneity when it comes to sex, scheduled sex just seems too bland or routine""Sex shouldn't be something you... more

30 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
How to get out of a sex rut | Ep. 140

Feeling like you're in a rut? Looking for some suggestion on how to get out of said rut? This is... more

23 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
Charting Toward Intimacy
Sex Toys, Lingerie, and Orgasms, Oh My! With Dr. Sarah Bartel | Ep. 149
Charting Toward Intimacy

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Ellen discusses sex and intimacy within the confines of Catholic marriage with guest Dr. Sarah Bartel. The primary focus is on demystifying... more