Ready to learn Somatic Sex Therapy?

Somatic-Concentric Sex Therapy Training
for Counseling Students and Professionals

*This training has been approved for 20 AASECT CE's!

Generally, learning about sex/ual/ity and its integral importance in intimate relationship is not a part of general counseling or even couples therapy curriculum. As a result, many therapists risk perpetuating misinformation in their clinical work, missing the opportunity to provide a safe-enough, curious, and holistically informed space to rewire their relationship with sexuality toward a more life-affirming and securely attached dynamic.

This course offers an inclusive and trauma-informed model to guide you in working with clients sexual issues with a method that integrates the body, the mind, the social self, and emotional attachment styles. With the foundation of Sex Therapy with Somatic Psychotherapy and Dance/Movement Therapy, this method engages the many layers of the somatic and social self to uncover the shame and misinformation that creates wounds, stalling mind-body integration so that you can support them in total body connectivity and a securely attached relationship with their sex/ual/ity.

This learning experience is strength-based, emphasizing embodied consent to support moment to moment body autonomy and self-advocacy. It will show you how to assess and map out the exciting and easeful aspects of sexuality with the unconscious and fractured aspects, activating resilience to open exploration and discovery of a whole-bodied erotic self. 

You will learn how to theoretically and experientially incorporate somatic sex therapy into your work with clients through presentation of the model, numerous experientials, group discussion, and practice.

*This model does not include touch, except for direction on how to facilitate consensual, non-sexual touch between members of a couple as a part of in-session experientials.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

* Understand and articulate a somatic and dance movement therapy approach to sex therapy * Support your clients to develop a practice of secure attachment with their body 
* Learn the Erotic Bodyfulness practice, a body-based contemplative awareness & movement practice to use as both an assessment tool, an intervention, and a practice clients can incorporate into their daily lives.
* Understand arousal anatomy as a part of total body connectivity to address arousal non-concordance as well as other often misunderstood expressions and body-to-body dynamics.
* Learn a model of Whole-Person Sexual Response
* Assess a client's sexual problems using an integrated clinical somatic tool that incorporates body movement observation and assessment which also integrates the impact of their sociocultural location.
* Address common presenting sexual problems such as desire difference, arousal non-concordance, anorgasmia, or arousal anatomy difficulties.
* Apply this inclusive somatic model to a diversity of client experiences and presentations.
* Navigate ethical dilemmas that arise in therapy
* Support your clients to craft their own supportive community & therapeutic team

Module #1 Somatic-Concentric Sex Therapy Foundations + Assessment & Interventions
Module #2 Ethical considerations, therapist somatic self-knowing, and supervised practice

*See below for dates & registration

Testimonials

Here's what participants are saying about the training:

The greatest thing I am taking with me from the training:

"I don't know if I can pick one. I use so many of the tools in my daily practice now. My clients and I find them to be invaluable in the work."

Kristen Crowe, LPCC, BC-DMT

The greatest thing I am taking with me from the training:

"Besides the very clearly structured tools we can implement right away with clients and ourselves…. Just the motivation and relief that there is a somatic whole person centered and socio/culturally-informed approach to sexuality!"

Susy Potter, LMHC, BC-DMT

Hands down the best sex therapy training I’ve had. I am newer to somatic approaches, and I found the training super inspiring, informative, approachable, supportive, and helpful. The tools and techniques were applicable and accessible. Since completing the training, I have integrated much of the learning and my clients are responsive to the exercises. I’m enjoying the meaning this approach has brought to my work as a sex therapist.

Elizabeth Harles, LPC, CST

Somatic-Concentric Sex Therapy Training Dates

Learn the theory and application with Melissa Walker & team

Virtual Training, Fall 2024

Module #1: September 29th & 30th 
Module #2: November 3rd & 4th

$1,175

9:30 am - 4 pm

20 CE Credit Hours
AASECT Credits

Professionals Register for Fall 2023 S-CST Course (Students please email me regarding registration)

Chicago In-Person Level 1
Somatic-Concentric Sex Therapy
Spring 2024

April 12th - 14th
10 am - 4pm

$825

15 CE Credit Hours
AASECT & NBCC Credits

For registration questions, contact: Embodied Education Institute of Chicago [email protected]

Level 1 April 12th - 14th Registration

Chicago In-Person Level 2
Somatic-Concentric Sex Therapy for Couples
Spring 2024

April 15th - 17th
10 am - 4pm $825

15 CE Credit Hours
AASECT & NBCC Credits

For registration questions, contact:
Embodied Education Institute of Chicago
[email protected]

Level 2 April 15th - 17th Registration

Learn more about the
S-CST course!

Melissa Walker was interviewed by Kim Rothwell of the Embodied Education Institute of Chicago. Listen in as they discuss the course and how therapists and counselors will benefit from the training.

S-CST Training Facilitators

Anna Mayer, LPC, R-DMT

Assistant Facilitator