Biography

Stella Resnick, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, specializing in relationship and sexual enrichment. Her latest book is The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love. Her previous book, The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings has been translated into nine different languages, and is considered a classic.

She served as past President of the Western Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology, and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, CE Provider, and Clinical Supervisor.

Dr. Resnick is frequently contacted by major magazines for interviews on topics related to happiness in relationships and sexual enrichment. She has been quoted in Reader’s Digest, Women’s World, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, Self, Redbook, McCall’s, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Family Circle, Parenting, Prevention, and the Utne Reader. She has also written cover stories for Psychology Today, Self, and New Age.

A prominent speaker and seminar leader, Dr. Resnick is a regular presenter at professional conferences, including the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Her professional papers have been published in the Journal for Humanistic Psychology, Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, and Gestalt Review. Her article "Sexual Pleasure: Next Frontier in the Study of Sexuality" was featured in The SIECUS Report.
Dr. Resnick received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Indiana University, interned at Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute at UC Medical Center in San Francisco, and was an assistant professor of psychology at San Diego and San Jose State Colleges.

Dr. Resnick left academia to train in Gestalt therapy with Fritz Perls at Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island, Canada. She also trained in Gestalt with Laura Perls, worked with Virginia Satir and Milton Erickson, studied bodywork with Stanley Keleman, Moshe Feldenkrais, John Pierrakos, Phil Cucuruto, Charlotte Selver, Anna Halprin, Magda Proskauer, and Leonard Orr, and Vipassana meditation with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche.

In sex therapy, Dr. Resnick took her first Human Sexuality program, at the UC Medical Center, Langley Porter NPI, in San Francisco, with Rebecca Black, Harvey Caplan, Jay Mann, and Bernie Zilbergeld in 1973 and workshops in 1974 with Betty Dodson.

My work has been more than a professional and intellectual study; it’s a lifetime commitment. My personal insights have informed my therapeutic approach. The insights I’ve gained at the office and in studying the research have helped my partner and me at home. My books are the culmination of all of the work I have done so far to integrate everything I know about love sex, and the body.

Taking a relationship to a new level of satisfaction entails more than just resolving problems. As people work on their insecurities and come to a loving and trusting place in their relationship, the emphasis in life becomes not fixing what’s not working, but enhancing what they have.