Intro to Improving Intimacy Podcast

Welcome to “Improving Intimacy”, a podcast for single and married Latter-day Saints seeking to build stronger family connections and marriages.

I am your host, Daniel A. Burgess Marriage & Family Therapist, father, husband, author, podcaster and presenter. Like Lehi tasting of the fruit from the tree of life, my profound love and testimony for the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been a hope and light in my life that I desire to share with everyone.

As both a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a Marriage & Family Therapist, I will explore both the teachings of the church and mental health concepts relating to improving intimacy.  

Early on as a therapist, I quickly discovered that there were few resources within the church that guided individuals through, what I call the messy process of improving intimate relationships. The church manuals, conference talks and other LDS resources do a great job at providing the ideal, eternal objectives. But what does it look like to improve intimate relationships in the messiness of day to day life?

I’ll explore a broad range of common and often difficult topics including; communication, parenting, sex, conflict resolution, divorce, blended families, pornography, preparing for marriage, and sexual health education. In addition, I’ll explore how to navigate discussions around both taboo and sacred topics using the scriptures and the teachings of the prophets.

“Improving Intimacy” is intended as an educational resource, although my guests and I are licensed therapists and members of the church. The resources and information provided in each episode is not intended to replace individual therapeutic treatment or represent any official teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Now join me for the next episode of “Improving Intimacy”…

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Do you have a story to share about improving intimacy in your marriage?

I am looking for individuals and couples to interview for the "Improving Intimacy" podcast. Ideally, I would like couples to interview. But I understand scheduling can be difficult especially for those with children, so individuals are welcome to participate. This included those who are currently single/dating.

The ideal couple/individuals are those who are improving but still trying to figure it out, to those who feel they have mastered aspects of their relationship. Willing to be vulnerable, raw and explore the "messy" in the relationship. In other words, you don't have to be a "picture perfect" couple. If you feel your discovery is worth sharing and might help others, you're the right person.

Some topics I'm looking for, those who feel they have:

  1. learned how to navigate your sexual relationship.

  2. used this group to improve their marriage.

  3. learned how to navigate pornography with your spouse.

  4. learned how to navigate pornography with your children.

  5. used masturbation to improve your sexual intimacy.

  6. learned how to discuss sex, pornography and/or masturbation with children.

  7. learned how to make spouse a priority in the child raising years.

  8. overcome sexual trauma, whether that is from abuse, cultural shame, etc...

If there is a topic not listed, which you'd like to share, contact me at

If you are interested in an interview please schedule with me by clicking here.

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