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Somatic Sex Therapy (4 CEs, 2023)

4 CE Hours

Presenter: Holly Richmond, PhD, LMFT, CST

Saturday, May 20, 2023  2pm-6pm EDT 

Live Via Webinar OR Via Video Recording following the live class

AASECT Category:

Sex Therapy Education, Section A & Section C

$140.00

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Somatic Sex Therapy (4 CEs, 2023)

4 CE Hours

Presenter: Holly Richmond, PhD, LMFT, CST

Saturday, May 20, 2023  2pm-6pm EDT 

Live Via Webinar OR Via Video Recording following the live class

AASECT Category:

Sex Therapy Education, Section A & Section C

$140.00

Description

Course Description:

Sex is almost always a physical act, so why would we not use the body as a resource for better understanding our clients’ experiences? This course draws on many of the main principles in somatic psychology including polyvagal theory, attachment theory, narrative and art therapy, the Braddock Body Process, integrative trauma and PTSD therapies, and the instructors own research into embodied healing for survivors of sexual trauma. It will address somatic memory and holding, as well as ways to reframe and replace dysfunctional psychosomatic patterns with integrated alternatives.

Understanding how the brain and body work together—not focusing on one over the other—informs effective somatic sex therapy interventions. Somatic techniques are most often used as an addition to, rather than a replace for, traditional sex therapy methodology, and inherently offer titrated pacing and client-lead initiatives. Utilizing somatic sex therapy moves clients toward states of embodiment and empowerment, which creates an ideal foundation for holistic sexual health.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the principle theories applied to somatic sex therapy
  2. Describe three clinical examples of how somatic sex therapy can benefit clients
  3. Explain what is meant by embodiment and empowerment through a somatic sex therapy lens
  4. Discuss and explain integrated healing and holistic sexual health

Schedule:

30 min: Introductions

1 hr: PowerPoint presentation (with handouts) including somatic psychology theories and methods as applied to sex therapy

15-minute break

30 min: Watch somatic psychology videos and discuss applications for sex therapy

30 min: Two clinical examples with instructor/student dyad with observer discussion

15 min: Break

45 min : Work in triads to discover clinical applications and implications for somatic sex therapy

15 min: Closing comments and Q & A

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Holly Richmond is a Somatic Psychotherapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and Associate Director of Modern Sex Therapy Institutes. This unique combination of credentials enables her to focus on clients’ cognitive processes as well as mind-body health. In addition to teaching numerous sexual health-related subjects, she works with women, men, couples, and gender-diverse individuals on relationship and sexuality issues, offering sex therapy and sexual health coaching nationally and internationally. Her treatment specialties include low libido, sexual dysfunction, compulsive sexuality (often called “addiction”), desire discrepancies in couples, recovery from sexual assault and abuse, and alternative/non-traditional sexual expression. Her newly released book Reclaiming Pleasure: A Sex-Positive Guide for Moving Past Sexual Trauma and Living a Passionate Life (New Harbinger, Oct. 2021) is an innovative look at both somatic and psychological factors in survivors’ erotic recovery.
Dr. Holly is regularly quoted in publications and media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, Shape, NBC, Wired, Forbes, Oprah, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health. She is a sought-after consultant in the sextech industry and is seen as a pioneer in the clinical exploration of sex and technology, and how they work together as human sexuality evolves in the 21st century. Each interlinked facet of her work is grounded in a sex-positive perspective: all sex is good sex as long as it is consensual and pleasurable. This non-judgmental position allows her to assist clients in discovering their true needs, desires and personal path to wellness.