Being Human Podcast - Episode 113: Surprising Sources of Pornography Problems, w/ Steve Pokorny

podcast Jan 01, 2020

  Welcome to Episode 113 of the Being Human Podcast: Surprising Sources of Pornography Problems, w/ Steve Pokorny

In this episode, Steve Pokorny - author, speaker, and founder of Freedom Coaching - joins Dr. Greg for a conversation* exploring the goodness of human sexuality, the struggle with addiction to pornography, and the surprising ways that shame can block forward momentum in breaking the cycle of addiction to unchaste behaviors. They also offer hope for how those who struggle with these behaviors can begin to find healing and freedom.
*Note: Mature content. 

Discussed in this episode:

  • Meet Steve Pokorny; 
  • What contributes to the development of an addiction to pornography?
  • The need to understand the purpose of our sexuality and importance of seeing ourselves as gift;
  • Why pornography is ultimately an empty experience that leaves us wanting;
  • Steve’s personal experience of healing from an addiction to pornography;
  • The role of coaching in helping to pinpoint the emotions surrounding unchaste behaviors so as to decrease compulsion; 
  • The effect of pornography on the brain; 
  • The role and cycle of shame and how it prevents forward momentum in healing from addiction;
  • How non-use of our genitalia can be the most fruitful use of our humanity; 
  • Our call to community and relationality in suffering. 


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About Steve Pokorny 

Like many men, Steve Pokorny was exposed to pornography at a young age and struggled with pornography compulsion for many years before encountering freedom. In response to this transformation, Steve was inspired to found Freedom Coaching in 2011. Working with both men and women, Catholic and non-Catholic, Steve has helped to set countless people free internally through this grace-infused process.

Steve Pokorny holds an MA in theology and a specialization in catechetics from Franciscan University of Steubenville, as well as an MTS from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Washington D.C. He is a Certified Life Coach from the Life Coach Training Institute. Author of "Redeemed Vision: Setting the Blind Freed from the Pornified Culture," Steve is also an internationally-known speaker, speaking with a wide variety of audiences on many topics. He is married and lives with his family in San Antonio, Texas.


About Dr. Greg and the CatholicPsych Institute

Dr. Bottaro is a clinical psychologist and founder of the CatholicPsych Institute. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, a graduate school that integrates Catholic philosophy and theology with sound, empirically validated psychology.

Before his degree, Dr. Bottaro discerned a religious vocation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs). He lived four years in the Bronx, serving the poor in the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi. Under the mentorship of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, this experience helped him form a spirituality based on Abandonment to Divine Providence which he now applies to psychological principles in his practice. He learned from Fr. Benedict how to discern God's voice and live a life in service to others.

Six years after leaving NYC as a friar, he returned as a psychologist. The CatholicPsych Institute began there in 2012 and has since continued to expand, now serving clients around the globe.

Dr. Bottaro now lives in Connecticut with his wife Barbra and their seven children. He actively avoids watching the news and spends his free time thinking up crazy new ideas on how to make the world a better place.