Outside Resources

The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is an interdisciplinary professional organization. that includes sexuality educators, counselors and therapists, as well as physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals, clergy members, lawyers, sociologists, marriage and family counselors and therapists, family planning specialists and researchers, and students in various relevant professional disciplines. These individuals share an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior.

The Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers (ACSB) is devoted to the promotion of professional somatic sex education.

AFCC is the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. AFCC members are the leading practitioners, researchers, teachers and policymakers in the family court arena.
From distinguished family mediation pioneers to new mediators beginning their careers, we are an Academy of Professional Family Mediators committed to supporting the work of all family mediators and advancing the field of family mediation.
Healthy sexual embodiment and sexual pleasure are our birthright. The Association of Somatic and Integrative Sexologists (ASIS) is dedicated to enhancing people’s lives through supporting individuals to achieve their full potential of sexual embodiment, building awareness about the profession of somatic sexology, and providing professional criteria for practitioners working in the field.
AFCC is the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts – the premier interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to the resolution of family conflict. AFCC members are the leading practitioners, researchers, teachers and policymakers in the family court arena.
Depression and depressive illnesses have a number of symptoms that affect people socially, occupationally, educationally, interpersonally, etc. How does one become depressed? Basically, here’s how it works: the nerves in our brain don’t touch each other, but rather pass messages from one to the next through chemicals called neurotransmitters. We need just the right amount of this chemical between the nerves to pass the exact same message to the next nerve. If there isn’t enough of that chemical, the message doesn’t get passed along correctly and in this case, depression or a depressive illness can result. When it comes to depressive disorders the chemicals most frequently out of balance are serotonin and norepinephrine.

Domestic violence (also called intimate partner violence (IPV), domestic abuse or relationship abuse) is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. For more information on the power dynamics in intimate partner violence, please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Violence does not just occur in relationships between adults. Youth experience this as well. Sex & Physical Intimate Partner Violence in Youth.

Somatic Movement enhances human function and body-mind integration through mindful and restorative movement. Our profession encompasses distinct disciplines each with their own educational or therapeutic emphasis, principles, methods and techniques. Our practices incorporate: postural and movement evaluation; experiential anatomy; guided movement patterning to increase efficiency; all while developing perceptual, kinesthetic and proprioceptive sensitivity. Somatic Movement Education and Therapy supports homeostasis, co-regulation and neuro-plasticity in our students and clients. The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA) is a collaborative of individuals and organizations dedicated to evolving the field of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy.
We’re the nation’s largest provider of sex education. Sex education that’s evidence-based and delivered by trained professionals is extremely effective and widely supported.
The Mission of the Somatic Sex Educatos Assocation (SSEA) is to offer public education, professional trainings and ongoing professional development in support of somatic sex education and sexological bodywork in Canada, the United States, and around the world.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.

Other Providers & Training Opportunities

Betty is the guru among sexual health practitioners. Her work is geared toward healing trauma and helping people have better sex. She has spent the past 12 years developing one of the most important educational models for sexual health of the last 300 years. She calls it The Wheel of Consent. She made several videos as gifts to anyone who wants to use them. “The videos are fine, the ideas are fine – but it’s the experience of it that will change you,” she says. “…it’s the experience that matters – when your hands get it, you get it.”

Thank you, Betty!

Caffyn teaches the Sexological Bodywork and Somatic Sex Education professional trainings in Canada. I offer a 6-day training for Intimacy Educators at my Salt Spring Island studio. Occasional workshops are offered on topics ranging from pelvic pain to sex in long-term relationships, plus a trauma training for professionals who touch.

For those who live life a little more deeply, and want the same in their erotic connections

. . . who sense within pleasure, the potential for healing and discovery

. . . who seek deliciously sensual erotic sessions, with just the right professional for them

We offer private sessions in tantra, sacred sexuality, sexual healing and sensual massage.

We offer classes and workshops for men, women and couples.

We offer sexuality articles for your learning and enjoyment.

We offer poetry for pure fun.To find a somatic practitioner, Tantra provider, or Sacred Intimate where you are, check out practitioners at Sacred Eros.

We believe that integration of the body and mind is essential to effective psychotherapeutic health. To that end, we develop and advance the art, science, and practice of body psychotherapy and somatic psychology in a professional, ethical, and caring manner in order to support our membership as they promote the health and welfare of their clients.

The United States Body Psychotherapy (USABP) provides this listing service for Clinicians and Practitioners who are current association members. The people on the list have entered and have direct control over what is posted. USABP does not verify this information. We hope this service helps you find an appropriate practitioner to fit your needs.

The Somatica® Method is a holistic, loving and systematic approach to sex and relationship coaching that invites people to move beyond shame, clarify their needs and boundaries, live emotionally connected and erotically embodied lives, and experience the joy and satisfaction of great sex and authentic relationships. The skills required for success in sex and relationships are learnable and the Somatica training offers a comprehensive and systematic approach to learning these skills. The Somatica Method is pleasure-based, interactive and experiential and based on up-to-date neuroscience research about how people learn, connect and experience personal growth.


Dispute Resolution Centers (DRCs) help people create solutions to resolve their disagreements. They offer a voluntary, confidential, informal and non-adversarial alternative to the legal system. DRCs do not offer counseling or therapy, and they do not give legal advice. Each DRC is a private, nonprofit organization or a service of local government.

Most DRCs offer mediation as their primary conflict resolution service. In mediation, a trained, neutral person helps people discuss and resolve problems, or at least narrow and clarify issues. The process encourages joint problem-solving in which people gain an understanding of each other’s point of view. Mediation provides a safe environment to talk through issues and feelings and to negotiate a mutually satisfactory solution. The mediator is a professionally trained community member whose role is to assist the parties in communicating and understanding their issues and interests. The mediator is not a decision-maker.

Any civil, nonviolent dispute is a candidate for mediation. For mediation to be successful, every participant must be willing to enter into good faith negotiations. Typical cases handled by DRCs involve:

– Landlords and tenants,
– Consumers and merchants,
– Neighbors,
– Citizens and agencies,
– Employees and employers,
– Families, and
– Divorcing and divorced couples.

Somatic Experiencing® is a therapy that helps to relieve and resolve the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client’s perceived body sensations (or Somatic Experiences). Catalina Ureta has worked extensively with Dr. Peter Levine.
ISSSE trains leaders in the world of Somatic Sex Education: learning, practicing, integrating and teaching trauma-informed touch and embodied pleasure.
Somatic Experiencing is Peter Levine’s continuation of a method started long before him. Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person’s ability to function with resilience and ease. Trauma may result from a wide variety of stressors such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, war, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma, or the corrosive stressors of ongoing fear and conflict.