Programs for Professionals

Embodied Relational Sex Therapy™ Training (ERST)

A Theoretical and Experiential Exploration of Body-Based Sex Therapy
with Stella Resnick, PhD


Held in Los Angeles, California
Four weekends, 15 hours per weekend, total of 60 hours
60 CEs for AASECT, APA, MFT, LCSW
and more through R. Cassidy Seminars

This training aims to recognize sexuality as a core aspect of self-development from infancy and throughout childhood, adolescence, and adulthood and as an essential in the training of therapists for both personal growth and professional development.

 This ERST program examines an embodied, relational, holistic approach to individual and couples’ sexual enhancement through four 15-hour weekend modules. Groups meet Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm and Sundays 10 am to 1 pm. This program is the first cohort master training. Participants must attend all meetings. 

Each module begins with the neurobiological theory and research base of the weekend and how that supports embodied relational Gestalt theory, present-centered experiential practice, and breath work. Participants will learn to use Gestalt methods and will have opportunities for their own emotional repair with regard to love, sex, and self-development to enhance their personal as well as their professional growth.

February 22-24, 2019
Module One: A New Look at Sexual Problems: Tracing Embodied Relational Sexual Roots in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Development.

April 12-14, 2019
Module Two: The Sexual Brain and Body in Therapy: Working with the Senses, Sense Memories, Emotions, Muscles, Movement and Breath.

June 28-30, 2019
Module Three: From Sexual Shame and Trauma to Sexual Love and Pleasure:
Working with Trauma, Repairing Relational Dynamics, Integrating Love and Sex.

September 13-15, 2019
Module Four: Couples’ Sexual Fulfillment and Personal Growth:
The Integrated Self, Sexual Aliveness, and Relational Satisfaction.

Fee: $3250 for the 60-hour training

Enrollment is limited. 

To apply for admission to the program,
please email me at stella@drstellaresnick.com


Next Esalen Workshops, Spring and Summer 2019

True Love and Passionate Lovemaking

Exploring the Transformative Pleasures of Embodied Presence

Sunday to Friday, March 3 to 8, 2019                                         

Health professionals in attendance will learn methods relevant to clinical practice and can earn 26 CE Credits (AASECT, APA, LCSW, MFT, and more through R.Cassidy Seminars). If this workshop is not for you, kindly recommend it to clients or supervisees who may be interested.

Dr. Stella Resnick at Esalen

Much of the focus on relationships is often on what does not work, how people trigger each other’s unresolved wounds from the past, and how to better communicate needs and wants. This is important work, but it is only half the picture. The other half has to do with enhancing the capacity to be fully present within ourselves, and body-to-body with another. From the first date to a lifetime commitment, what sustains a relationship is not just working through the painful times but also sharing enjoyment. 

Utilizing conscious breathing methods, sensory awareness, present-centered Gestalt experimentation and discussion, this 5-day workshop focuses on enhancing the capacity for enjoying emotional and sexual intimacies in a relationship. We examine felt-sense body-based truth through imagery, the full-spectrum of the eight senses and the sensual body, and how to be fully present with courage, empathy and openness to the other. We also have fun together, moving, dancing and playing out new ways for creative expression. 

 We specifically look at: 
  • How left brain assumptions and expectations learned during childhood and adolescence about self and others can interfere with being fully present to the right brain loving pleasures of the moment.
  • How all problems are  opportunities for growth and discovery and often the necessary pre-conditions for initiating growth spurts.
  • How pleasurable experiences are transformative for growth and often the necessary preconditions for initiating growth spurts.
  • How breath awareness enables letting go and experiencing "relaxed-excitement," essentials for loving feelings, affection, romance, and sensual and sexual pleasures.
  • How "Mindful Eroticism" and embodied presence during sexual activity can intensify arousal,  desire and fulfillment 
 Whether or not you are in a committed relationship this workshop will expand your loving pleasures and open upp new possibilities for you in a current or future relationship. Join us for a powerful experiential and informative workshop and personal growth experience.   

Embodying Your Love: Explorations in Intimacy for Couples 

 Couples Retreat at Esalen Summer, 2019 (exact dates not yet set)

With Stella Resnick and Alan Kishbaugh

For more information visit the Programs for Couples page

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

AASECT, MFT, LCSW


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:
Email: stella@drstellaresnick.com
Call: (310) 855-7565

For more information on AASECT certification, please visit: http://www.aasect.org/certification.asp

True love is not just about being true to another. The most fulfilling love is when you are also true to yourself. You want to be loved for who you truly are and not for who you can pretend to be.

Being romantic is a great way for partners to play. When one person is attentive to the other with a lighthearted and lively spirit and the other reciprocates in some way—laughs at the joke or smiles back and stays engaged—they’ve connected with their inner playmates.