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January, 2013

IPG is excited to announce that our founder, Margie, is the featured expert on the season premiere of Lisa Ling's 'Our America' on the Oprah Winfrey Network!



Dear Friend:                                            
Great Day On Set!

We are so excited to announce that our Executive Director and Founder, Margie Nichols, will be featured in the season premiere of Lisa Ling's 'Our America,' debuting at 10 PM EST on Tuesday, January 22nd on the Oprah Winfrey Network (click here to check your local listings). Inspired by the worldwide phenomenon 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' the episode entitled 'Shades of Kink' explores BDSM in the real world.
Margie gives her perspective as a respected and experienced sex therapist and attempts to debunk harmful myths about kink and BDSM. Margie had a great time working with Lisa and we're really proud to have been included in this important piece.
Check out the first five minutes of the episode before it airs here!
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of our journey. This is a very exciting time and we could not have done it without your support.
Peace and love,
Margie and the Staff at IPG




Margie's Blog: What I Wish I'd Said To Lisa Ling About BDSM



"Our America with Lisa Ling" - Shades of Kink - airs on OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) on Tuesday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.


Last Fall, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Ms. Ling, whose critically acclaimed show begins its fourth season on the Oprah Winfrey Network . She's tackling the topic of BDSM and felt she needed an 'expert' - a sex therapist knowledgeable about the kink community- to help explain some things to the viewing public.  

Ling is intelligent, sincere, and amazingly open minded. It was a lot of fun being interviewed by her - she made it easy. After the interview I thought of lots of things I wished I'd said, which I'm sure is normal. But a few issues stuck in my mind, so I decided to write about them. And now that I've seen the 'Sneak Peek' for the show I have a suggestion for viewers.


The one question that threw me involved a scenario Lisa asked me to 'explain' to viewers who might be shocked or repulsed. Apparently they will show footage of someone who likes to be burned by cigars. How, asked Ling, are we to understand this? As I remember, I fumbled and finally said something about behaviors having a context surrounding them, e.g., the eroticism might have had to do with being 'marked' by a beloved dominant. 


Read the rest of the blog here!




For basic information on BDSM, kink, and festishism, head over to this page. Or check out our YouTube video here!

It might be a good precursor for watching the show!
IPG has offices in Highland Park, Jersey City, Freehold and New York City

Please call 800-379-9220 for an appointment at any of our offices.

The Institute for Personal Growth, P.C. 

Margaret Nichols, Ph.D.

Executive Director


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