Programs for Professionals

Full-Spectrum Gestalt Trainings (FSG)

This approach to intimate fulfillment occurs along five interrelated spectrums: the Problem-Transformation Spectrum; the Attachment-Sexuality Spectrum; the Pain-Pleasure Spectrum; the Cognitive-Somatic Spectrum; and the Experiential-Behavioral Spectrum.

A spectrum is a broad range of memories, experiences, emotions and habits, from one end to what appears to be its opposite, but where the opposites are actually interconnected--two sides of the same coin--and developmentally interrelated.

As therapists we need to be prepared to identify the narrow polarities of experience our clients often live by and, with our guidance, help them to broaden their relational prospects.

I identify this training as Full-Spectrum Gestalt (FSG) in Embodied Relational Sex Therapy™ (ERST), integrating  couples and sex therapy.  

Next Esalen Training, May 6-11, 2018 

Embodied Love and Lovemaking 
A Full-Spectrum Gestalt (FSG) Training in Embodied Relational Sex Therapy™

At Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California 

Sunday to Friday, May 6-11, 2018                  

26 CE Credits (AASECT, APA, LCSW, MFT)

Dr. Stella Resnick at Esalen

Loving interactions between two people are present moment expressions of a complex of pleasurable sensations in the body that can lift the spirit, heal emotional wounds, and forge a strong bond between people. The same can be said about making love. Yet, love and lusty sex are rarely seen as intertwined. Once lovers declare their commitment to one another, passionate lovemaking can fade as partners begin to interact as family, often through subtle bodily cues that can trigger old wounds and defensiveness.

This Full-Spectrum Gestalt approach to Embodied Relational Sex Therapy™ is informed and supported by interpersonal neurobiology. The training is primarily experiential with participants process work the route to professional expertise. Methods for exploring and enhancing emotional and sexual intimacy include embodied Gestalt processing, breath work and body felt-sense awareness.

During this 5-day seminar we specifically look at:

* Neurobiological evidence that experiential present-centered processing is most effective at fostering growth in therapy. 

* How therapist personal growth, presence, and sensitivity to client interactive bodily cues are key clinical attributes.

* Setting experiential relational and sexual goals.

* How early attachment, sexual programing, and shame manifest in adult intimacies.

* Processes for moving through a relational or sexual impasse to support authenticity, healing, and choice.

Join us for a powerful experiential training and personal growth experience.

Note: All participants must first register and pay for this program by applying to

 Only after registration and payment of tuition will you be able to reserve accommodations at Esalen (this will be an extra cost). Course fees and accommodations are separate. Please see accommodations costs under “Pricing for Partner Programs” at

Tuition: $950

This seminar offers CE credits for psychologists APA, LCSW, MFT, and many others through R. Cassidy Seminars. You will be able to purchase your CE credits at the end of the seminar here :

The Esalen catalog for Spring 2018 is now available and may be viewed at

For more info and to register for 2018: Please request a Registration Form by emailing me at or you may call me at (310) 855-7565


Embodying Your Love: Explorations in Intimacy for Couples 
Couples Retreat at Esalen Summer, 2018 (exact dates not yet set)

For more information see:,

Health professionals attending will gain skills relevant to clinical practice and earn 26 CE credits.   


Supervision in Embodied Relational Sex Therapy™
I am available to psychotherapists and sex therapists in both individual and monthly group supervision at my office or via Skype. I am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Clinical Supervisor and AASECT Approved Provider of Continuing Education.

GROUP – By Application
INDIVIDUAL - By Appointment

To discuss the possibilities available to you for supervision:
Call: (310) 855-7565

For more information on AASECT certification:

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Traditionally, psychotherapy has been viewed through two different lenses: cognitive-behavioral and the somatic-experiential lenses. The Full-Spectrum approach says both sides offer valuable tools for healing and thriving, but each is only half the picture. For psychotherapy and sex therapy to have lasting results, cognitive and somatic approaches need to be integrated.

In essence, two loving people can silently transmit information back and forth through eye contact as well as touch that can adjust each other’s heart rate, hormone levels, disease fighting blood cells, and more. This is called entrainment or “neural synchrony.”

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