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Embodied Relational Sex Therapy (ERST) Training

An Integrative, Neurobiologically-Supported Gestalt Approach to Sexual Health, Healing, and Pleasure with Stella Resnick, PhD

  • Online Zoom Event 

  • Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, 2023 

  • 6 hours each day for a total of 12 hours. 

  • 12- AASECT-approved CEs for AASECT members

This holistic, integrative approach blends sexual science and sex therapy with interpersonal neurobiology and the practice of full-spectrum (cognitive-somatic, behavioral-experiential) Gestalt therapy. Issues addressed include healing sexual trauma, sexual and relational distress, desire and arousal differences between partners, letting go and orgasm, and the critical factors of romantic and erotic play.


Methods for addressing relational and sexual distress involve identifying intergenerational trauma, cultivating somatic awareness, identifying pleasure-resistance, sexual and sensory processing, and body-based, present-centered experiential processing. The focus of Embodied Relational Sex Therapy (ERST) is personal growth and integration of body, mind, and spirit through relational repair and emotional and sexual healing—recognizing sexual health as a critical factor in healing the whole person.


Each day in the training offers pertinent research and anecdotal evidence, group discussion, individual, couple, and group experiential processing, two-person exercises, conscious breathing methods, and present-centered improvised experiments. Together, we explore the emotionally healing, sexually enhancing, and growth-promoting powers of empathy, playfulness, humor, imagination, creativity, self-revelation, loving connection and mindful eroticism. No exercises involve any sexual activity during this training.


Fee: $1275 for two-day online virtual seminar

Participants may share their screen with an intimate partner, spouse, close friend or trusted colleague for no additional fee. 


Friday, Oct. 20

Focus on Sexual Concerns, Relational Distress, and Pleasure-Resistance


Saturday, Oct. 21

Focus on Broadening Pleasure Literacy, the ABCs of Erotic Arousal, Desire, and Fulfilling Orgasms. 

I’m grateful to Gestalt News and Notes at  and to Becca Thatcher, who offers the service, for the support for this program.


Registration is now open.
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