Programs for Professionals
Embodied Relational Sex Therapy Training™
A Theoretical and Experiential Exploration of Body-Based Sex Therapy with Stella Resnick, PhD
The ERST training is a holistic approach to individual and couples' sexual enhancement through experiential Gestalt processing and breath awareness. This work is supported by the latest developments in interpersonal neurobiology, grounded in a solid understanding of human sexual biodiversity, and attuned to the critical role of pleasure and play in emotional, physical and relational health. The ERST training recognizes sexuality as a core aspect of self-development from infancy and throughout childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
Sexual health is seen as an essential area of study in the training of all psychotherapists both for personal growth and for professional development. Participants will explore body-based present-centered experiential methods and have opportunities to process their own emotional, sexual and relational repair and pleasure enhancement.
Couples are welcomed at a discounted rate.
The ERST 2020 Program
This training is based in my dedicated exploration of the science and psychology of pleasure in my books, articles, and trainings of the last four decades, particularly as developed in my latest book, Body-to-Body Intimacy: Transformation Through Love, Sex, and Neurobiology.
Full Program: Two Five-Day Workshops
Part I: Monday through Friday, March 2 through March 6, 2020
Part II: Monday through Friday, August 24 through August 28, 2020
27 hours each workshop
Group meets Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 6:30 pm each day and Friday, 10 am to 1 pm
54 CE credits for AASECT APA, MFT, LCSW and more
Held at the Charlie Hotel, West Hollywood, CA
The Charlie, previously known as The Farm was built in 1924 and later purchased and redeveloped by Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin sold the property in the late 1940s. In 2002 after years of neglect a real estate developer was inspired to restore this lost treasure. The Charlie is considered to be the hidden gem of Los Angeles.
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ERST attendees staying at The Charlie receive a 20% discount on all rooms
Part I: March 2 through March 6:
Sexuality at the Core of the Whole Person
Module One: The Holistic Body, the Divided Brain, & the War on Pleasure: Tracing embodied relational sexual roots in childhood and adolescence to adult pleasure and happiness.
Module Two: Sexual Healing Heals More than Sex: Working with the breath, sensory awareness, intuitive sensing, memories, emotions, and stress regulation, to heal shame, embrace authenticity, and broaden expansive pleasures.
Part II: August 24 through August 28:
Embodied Relational Sex Therapy for Couples
Module Three: Calling Forth Authentic Love and Desire: Processing relational and sexual trauma, repairing trust, integrating love, sex, and commitment.
Module Four: Couples Sexual Fulfillment and Interpersonal Growth: Authenticity, empathy, the integrated sexual self, essentials of romance and play, sexual aliveness, synchrony in breath, left brain sex vs. right brain sex, mindful eroticism.
Enrollment is limited. Apply early to be assured of your space.
ERST March and August 2020 Part I & Part II
$3875 per person
$7500 per couple, discounted rate
Each 5-day workshop is available for purchase separately at
$1950/person per workshop when purchased separately
To apply for admission for either the March or August workshop please click below.
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 or Zoom video conferencing. I am an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Clinical Supervisor and AASECT Approved Provider of Continuing Education.
Programs at Esalen
with Stella Resnick and Alan Kishbaugh
At Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California
Dates to be announced!
While this workshop is primarily experiential, health professionals can also gain skills relevant to clinical practice and earn 26 CE credits (AASECT, APA, LCSW, MFT).
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.
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