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by: Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla Dr Alexandra Galletti is fueled by a burning desire to help and guide others in their journey towards the discovery of their better self….She is a firm believer in the importance of self-love and a healthy self-es- teem. Dr. Galletti holds a doctorate de- gree in Psychology and is a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist. Dr Gal- letti’s passion and excellence are in her areas of expertise and have led her to make regular appearances on radio as well as local and televi- sion shows. As it is expected, Dr. Galletti is very passionate about education and not only does she host regular seminars and workshops on diverse psychol- ogy and sexology topics, she is also a psychology professor at the grad- uate college level with over 7 years of teaching experience. At heart Dr. Galletti’s motivation is quite simple, help others with their own special journey towards finding the best version of themselves….. Latin Times Magazine had the plea- sure of sitting down with La Dra. Alexandra Galletti, here is what she shared with us…..! Dr. Alexandra Galletti, Clinical Sexologist PhD Psychology Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla: What mo- tivated you to study psychology? Dra. Alexandra Galletti: Since I was very young, I had a very strong interest in human behavior. I wanted to understand why people behaved in certain ways and the mental pro- cesses behind said behavior. My parents always told me that I was constantly intrigued by people’s be- havior and I would constantly ask questions underlining this interest. I wanted to know, because I cared and wanted to help. My parents have always described me as an altr uist individual with a passion for helping others. Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla: Why did you also specialize in Sexology? Dra. Alexandra Galletti: After I completed my doctorate degree in Psychology I was working with a lot of families and couples. I realized that sexual dysfunctions, and issues related to sexuality were very com- mon in couples and a main part of marital issues. The problem laid in the fact that people were not getting the help they needed, because not every psychologist was adequately trained to help them with their sex- uality. If you combine this with the stigma that society casts around any issue related to an individual’s sexuality and you can see why most individuals have problems address- T his I ssue of L atin T imes M agazine is sponsored by ing issues related to sexuality, even in the presence of their psy- chologist. I decided the best way I could help address this glaring problem was by completing a post-doctoral degree in Clinical Sexology and later becoming Board Certified Clinical Sexolo- gist. Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla: ¿What kind of people can you help? Dra. Alexandra Galletti: In my practice I see all kinds of pa- tients, however since I worked at the Veterans Hospital for 7 years, it gave me the opportunity to be exposed to a unique variety of patients, many of them suffering from PTSD and a host of other ailments commonly associated with veterans after they return from war. Working with veterans has been a truly life changing ex- perience for which I am forever grateful. Later on, I decided to embark upon a new journey and begin my private practice where I found my niche working with couples. During this time, I also developed a passion helping to empower women and lending a hand in their goal of fostering a healthy self-esteem and positive self-worth. Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla: ¿why is it difficult for some people to talk about sex? Dra. Alexandra Galletti: Many factors influence peoples fear to openly talk about sex. There are strict socio-religious standards of morality that are imposed upon most members of society from a very early age, and these stan- dards marginalize sexuality to a fringe taboo status in the scope of an individual’s everyday life. In this negative marginalization of anything related to sexuality the innate and natural needs of the human being are considered ta- boo, consequently inhibiting indi- viduals desire and ability to freely talk about these topics without fearing being judged as sexual addicts or “perverted” individuals. Read entire interview online: Dr. Alexandra Galletti, Clinical Sexologist PhD Psychology 3434 W Columbus Drive Suite 107, Tampa Fl 33607 Phone: (813) 444-8111 08