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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 instructor’s 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 replacement for, traditional sex therapy methodology. Somatic techniques inherently offer titrated pacing and client-lead initiatives, moving clients toward states of embodiment and empowerment and creating an ideal foundation for holistic sexual health.



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Attendance and Location Details


Date and Time


Friday, November 1, 2024, 12:00pm – 4:00pm CST / 1:00pm – 5:00pm EST / 10:00am – 2:00pm PST



*Live Webinar Attendees: Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date



12:00pm: Introduction

12:10-1:45: Overview of somatic psychology theories, sexual trauma therapy and sex therapy frameworks

1:45-2:00: 15-minute break

2:00-3:15: Somatic psychology methods directly applied to sex therapy

3:15-3:40: Clinical case studies

3:40-4:00: Closing comments and Q & A


This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Learn and understand the principal theories applied to somatic sex therapy.

b). Describe three clinical examples of how somatic sex therapy can benefit clients.

c). Explain what is meant by embodiment and empowerment through a somatic sex therapy lens.

d). Discuss and explain integrated healing and holistic sexual health.

Target Audience:

Mental Health Clinicians & Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors, and other Healthcare Workers.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Holly Richmond, PhD, LMFT

Material Author(s): Holly Richmond, PhD, LMFT

Dr. Holly Richmond is a Somatic Psychotherapist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and Certified Sex Therapist (CST). This unique combination of credentials enables her to focus on clients’ cognitive processes as well as mind-body health. 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 21 st 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.

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