Pleasure is part of health. Swell is a blog and educational resource exploring sexual wellness, intimacy, relationships, sexual health, and mindfulness.
Brought to you by
Swell’s therapists and experts explore the nuances of relationships, dating, and intimacy.
It’s possible to transform receiving a “no” from an unsettling experience to a joyful one.
~ Reina Gattuso
Knowing your expectations early on is a great way to make sure your sexual needs are met.
~ Kamil Lewis
Leaving a harmful relationship can be painful, terrifying, and exhilarating all at once.
An apology is a process of compassionate communication that takes two, not just the one who messed up.
~ Cheryl Fraser
A therapist explains how to talk honestly and openly about your desires in a relationship.
~ Holly Richmond
Kinks or fetishes are common! Here are ways to share your desires with your new partner.
What does “condependency” mean when it comes to romantic relationships?
~ Brittini Carter
Weekly time to focus on logistics can have a bigger effect on one’s relationship than any date night.
~ Cassandra Corrado
All intimate relationships work better when both partners accept influence from each other.
~ Sinead Smyth
We just added new terms to our glossary about relationships, from polyamory to love languages to attachment theory.
Couples therapy still carries a lot of stigma, and it can make partners hesitant.
~ Moushumi Ghose
A therapist explains how we can ease back into face-to-face interaction as the pandemic wanes.
~ Sandra Carpenter
Here are ways for couples to handle shared trauma, so their partnership thrives instead of dies.
~ Leo Flowers
Here are some tips from experts and people in long-distance relationships themselves.
~ Suzannah Weiss
Jealousy isn’t fun, but it can also be an invitation to better meet our needs.
In order to truly move on, it’s a great idea to reflect on past relationships.
~ Stacy Hubbard
This Valentine’s Day, give grace, gentleness, and TLC to your partner—or yourself.
Jake Ernst’s “routes of safety” model can help us work through tender moments with our partners.
~ Jor-El Caraballo
How can we manage stressful conversations without boiling over or shutting down?
~ Anna Aslanian
When a relationship becomes one-sided, it’s time to put up boundaries.
If you chase the object of your desire, they’ll seek more and more distance.
Here are some small acts of love that have a big impact on our partners.
There are some longstanding myths about sex that end up hurting our relationships. It is time for us to crush them.
How do you define emotional infidelity? Well, it’s tricky.
Accountability, growth, and healing comes from confronting our dark sides in relationships.