Directory of Somatic Sex Educators
These somatic sex educators support individuals, couples and groups to learn to direct their own erotic development, learn about their bodies, sex and sexuality, or work through sexual issues or concerns.
The members of this directory trained on the Somatic Sex Education™ Professional Training UK and Ireland and were certified with the Sea School of Embodiment in collaboration with the Institute of Somatic Sexology, Australia.
Kian de la Cour (Dawlish, Devon & London)
Kian is Certified Somatic Sex Educator, a lead trainer for the UK Somatic Sex Education training, deep tissue bodyworker and Certified Wheel of Consent® Workshop Facilitator based in Dawlish, Devon.
He works with people who have a sense of something they want to learn or explore in the realms of sexuality, arousal & self-regulation, intimacy and embodiment with an educational focus which supports people to develop a greater capacity for interoception; that is, for feeling more and finding ways to notice, value and articulate felt sensations.
In his work, he draws on extensive experience in tantra, bodywork and shamanic sexuality, having trained with some of the world's leading-edge teachers in conscious sexuality and sex coaching since he started working professionally in 1994.
Kian works with individuals, couples and groups of all sexual orientations, gender identities, characteristics and expressions.
Stevie is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker with more than 20 years' experience of working in mental health services. Stevie works with both male and female clients of all sexual orientations, using a combination of breathwork, bodywork and guided meditations to help them reconnect to pleasure and sensation in the body. She feels passionately about supporting the people she works with to find deep acceptance of themselves, to create connection with others by accessing their vulnerability and to develop new pathways to pleasure.
As the only post-operative transexual trained as a Sexological Bodyworker in the UK, Stevie has a particular specialism in working with trans-persons. She has extensive experience of working with both pre-operative and post-operative transexuals, sharing her experiences and supporting people to integrate successfully and safely into their lives as trans-persons. As well as helping people to love and accept themselves and their bodies, Stevie is able to work with people's scar tissue, bringing it back into sensation after surgery.
Having experienced the transformative power of sexological bodywork herself, Stevie is passionate about using the practice to support people to grow more pleasure and sensation in their lives, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Nina Powell (Bristol and on Skype)
Nina is a Somatic Sex Educator and Coach. She teaches people the skills they need to be more present during sex, have heightened sensations, feel more connected, access their wildish nature, be confident in communicating sexually and be able to make the choices that are right for them.
People come to Nina to overcome feelings of disconnection and shame, emotional and sexual shut-down, loss of libido, disappointing or lack of orgasm, and the emotional and physical effects of past trauma. By learning to hear and listen to the wisdom of their bodies, people are able to live more authentically, to feel passionately alive and to enjoy their bodies.
Nina also offers the unique practices of Scar Tissue Remediation postpartum and Holistic Pelvic Care™. Holistic Pelvic Care™ brings balance, alignment and connection to the pelvis and should be an essential component of all women's health care. The benefits of this practice to a woman's overall health are many and include the following: increasing sexual health, libido and orgasms; addressing pelvic pain, pelvic muscle imbalance and engagement; supporting pelvic wellness and clearing congestion; preparing the pelvis for pregnancy; increasing post-partum healing; healing traumatic or difficult birth experiences; healing trauma; and restoring a woman's connection to her abundant creative centre.
Katie Sarra (Dawlish, Devon & Skype/Zoom)
Katie is a Certified Somatic Sex Educator, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Certified Wheel of Consent® Workshop Facilitator, Art Psychotherapist, Playback Theatre performer, Artist and co-founder of the Sea School of Embodiment.
I believe that every human being has needs to feel useful, having gifts to share with others intimately and as part of community. Our ease in intimacy with ourselves ripples out to feeling at ease with others.
I welcome people of all ages, abilities and genders wanting to recover and remember themselves with kindness and acceptance and to explore and experiment with new ways of being or learn from the beginning.
When we've been hurt and felt alone with it, the nervous system effectively restricts receptivity through the senses to make it less painful to bear. Traumas big and small or adaptive habits can be held in the body over time in a myriad of ways creating unseen adhesions that restrict function and emotional connectivity. We can find ourselves in looping patterns of inhibition or distress. We discover together your naturalness and what you are wanting to welcome into your life. I guide and support effective step by step routes into embodiment enabling felt foundations of intuition and sensory awareness to come back online.
Sensory awakening also opens us to feeling the feelings we have felt alone with. It takes courage. Here is an opportunity to come home to yourself liberated from loneliness. I understand how it can hurt feeling separation from joy, creativity and gratitude. Learning to feel our bodies physical, emotional, sensual and erotic inner and outer landscapes as resources with our senses back on line supports us to be more in choice with our relationship and intimate decisions.
Feeling connected again requires repeated trusted experiences of feeling relaxed and safe enough to feel more. Betty Martin's wheel of consent informs the foundations of my practice supporting the foundations of trust to be felt. Here is hope for creating new neural pathways to fire and, with practice, wire.
Sessions are private and held at the Sea School of Embodiment in the sea side town of Dawlish a few minutes walk from the beach and train station.
'Katie has facilitated my inner person to become my outer person' J.H Devon
Laura-Doe (Oxford, UK & Skype)
Laura-Doe is a pleasure & embodiment coach, a sexual empowerment educator and a comedienne, singer/songwriter. Her passion is to support people to understand and cultivate the power and delight of their natural capacity for pleasure. She fulfils this passion by giving workshops and sessions through the yOniversity, writing and performing theatre, comedy and songs for 'Vaudeville of the Vulva' and creating and distributing educational resources and beautiful vulva art.
Laura-Doe's interest in effective communication led her to a career as an educator which has spanned two continents, the academic and corporate worlds and subject matter from systems analysis to sex. In early childhood she was lucky enough to discover some of the delicious natural pleasures that our bodies are capable of and blessed with an upbringing that did not suppress her exploration, she sought out teachers of sexuality across many traditions and disciplines and has learnt from the leaders in sexuality across the world.
With qualifications in Sexological Bodywork, Somatic Sex Education and Counselling she is a professional member of SSEAA, the ACSB and ASIS. Laura-Doe has presented the workshops that make up her yOniversity curriculum in Australia, UK, Italy & Bali and offers individual sessions to men women and couples all over the world via Skype and in person. She is currently practising in Oxford, UK.
Catherine Hale (Totnes, Devon & London)
Catherine is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker a TRE (Trauma Release Exercises) Provider, a sexual wholeness educator, a vaginal steam facilitator and is trained in scar tissue remediation.
With over 20 years of teaching experience Catherine blends the traditions of spiritual psychotherapy with shamanism, trauma healing and body-based modalities with energy work and Tantra.
Her work with clients is about empowerment through embodiment, taking people into the places where they have disconnected, often due to trauma, and reawakening their capacity to have agency and to safe enough to feel deeply.
Catherine’s work takes people into the depths of their being allowing a discovery of truth through the exploration of their shadow. In this journey of the soul she guides them to return to the light so they can shine brighter and bolder and to be the love that they are.
She facilitates a restoration of connection between the pelvis and the rest of the body and through this she supports women to claim back their power and creative force.
Catherine works with women either as 1:1 or as a couple, both in sessions retreats and workshops.
Greater London & South East England
Jem (Brighton / London / Online)
Jem is a somatic sexual educator and sex coach with a background in Tantra, yoga and cancer coaching.
Pleasure stokes our inner-fire. That fire is healing, growth, intimacy, self-acceptance, motivation, deep self-love, creativity and connection with yourself and what you put out into the world.
Jem offers bodywork and coaching for anyone who identifies with the following:
• Individuals who wish to find new pathways to pleasure
• Couples who wish to connect more deeply, learning alternative ways of being sexual and sensual together
• Anxiety around intimacy
• Negative body image
• Disconnection from body, too ‘in the head’ which blocks pleasure
• Low libido / lack of interest o desire in sex
• Choice around orgasm – what holds you back?
• Performance anxiety, erection or ejaculation dissatisfaction
• Genital pain, numbness or tension
• Pelvic or genital scarring from surgery and / or childbirth
‘Jem is overflowing with knowledge on the subject of sexual energy and pleasure beyond what you can learn in a book...Jem embodies her work. Nothing seems to phase her when discussing my pleasure. I'm inspired by her to integrate it into my life more, meeting myself and my body with fresh eyes each day, to enhance my pleasure and connection with life.’
Tania Leon (London and on Skype)
Tania is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker, somatic sex educator, and facilitator based in central London. She is also a qualified counsellor.
'The more I do this work, the more I realise just how many people want to better understand their true desires, and experience their sexual selves more deeply. I also witness their delight when taking steps towards making these changes.
Many of us received inadequate sex education, both around consent and boundaries, and about our bodies' capacity for pleasure. This can lay the groundwork for negative sexual experiences that can leave us tense, numb or dissociated – and with no idea what we want, let alone how to ask for it.
If any of this sounds familiar, I offer you a space to (re)discover your sexual self - whatever 'sexual' means for you.' For all genders, orientations, and ages from 18+.
To find out more about Tania’s work see bodysexology.com
Kim Loliya (London)
Kim is a coach, bodyworker and consultant specialising in women's sexuality and empowerment. Kim's practitioner work at The Pleasure Institute includes working with trauma, pelvic pain, orgasm difficulties, scar tissue, relationship difficulties and much more. Through body-based, practical tools, Kim creates a gentle healing space for women and couples and offers new avenues for intimacy, joy and healing.
Outside of her clinic, Kim works as a facilitator and curator in the U.K and internationally and is the co-creator of sex+, a sex positive magazine that shares real stories and rewrites narratives about sex.
Becky Price (Surrey, Central London, Skype/Zoom)
Becky is a Certified Somatic Sex Educator as well as Shiatsu Practitioner and Tantra Teacher.
Becky has been exploring and learning about sexuality since 2003 and brings this rich experience and wisdom into her teaching. She knows just how powerful and transformative it can be to really acknowledge our creative sexuality. With a compassionate open heart she helps people find their spontaneity, playfulness and joy. Becky knows this work is not just about “having a better sex life” it’s about being unashamed to fully express ourselves so we can celebrate the real pleasure of simply being alive.
She runs a thriving private practice in Surrey and London where she supports her clients to discover the joy and bliss in their own bodies.
She offers sessions to couples and individuals of all genders and sexualities. Using a combination of coaching, education and bodywork.
She is a fully qualified Shiatsu practitioner bringing additional knowledge of how we can feel healthy and in balance. She is particularly influenced by Traditional Chinese Medicine’s approach to nature and works with the seasons to support health and well being.
Meredith Reynolds (London)
UPDATE: Due to other commitments, please note that Meredith is not taking new clients in 2019.
A somatic sex educator and coach, and Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Meredith works with people to help them become more present in their bodies and more connected with their erotic selves. In practical terms, this involves teaching body-based (somatic) techniques such as conscious breath, sensory awareness and erotic mindfulness – and supporting people to establish their own practice upon these foundations. The results can include better concentration, more conscious and considered life choices, and better sex.
Meredith’s particular areas of teaching interest include: use of breath and mindfulness to be here ‘in the now’; use of breath and touch variation to learn to prolong pleasure states; authentic consent and boundaries; learning to notice, honour and ask for what you want; exploration of parts of the body that hold both pleasure and shame; supporting people with trans* and altered bodies to integrate changes; difficulties with orgasm.
Stella Anna Sonnenbaum MPH CSE CSSE (East London)
Stella is a Somatic Sexologist, Certified Sexological Bodyworker and Certified Somatic Sex Educator, and holds a Masters degree in Public Health. She sees clients in her private practice in East London, UK, and teaches workshops locally and internationally. She has a background in bodywork (Shiatsu, Reiki), Tantra and Mindfulness and is passionate about conscious and meaningful touch. Speaking of her relationship with clients, she says: "My clients can feel I am present for them on all levels. I have a great track record of coaching people to overcome their issues around sexuality and sensuality. And my sense of humour certainly helps!”
In her practice, Stella creates a safely held space, with clear boundaries, that enables her clients to relax deeply into their own sense of self. She supports them to open up to their full sexual aliveness and expression, which is often the key to truly thriving and experiencing happiness in life.
Stella has been working with people of all genders and sexual orientations since 2009. She has supported clients with a variety of issues, including overcoming sexual shame and trauma, fetish sexuality and sexual fantasies, premature and delayed ejaculation, prostate and anal pleasures, ejaculatory dysfunction and female arousal and pleasure.
To find out more about Stella and her work, click here.
Sue Sutherland (Central London, Brighton and Zoom/Skype)
Sue is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker, relationship coach, kink and BDSM practitioner, writer, and social activist. I live and work by the motto ‘Permission to feel what you are feeling’ and I’m passionate about counteracting stigma and shame, particularly around our bodies, our desires and our relationships.
Most of us have experienced trauma in our lives and may have disconnected from parts of ourselves. Through discovering our voices, exploring our feelings, acknowledging the uncomfortable, establishing our boundaries and honouring both our bodies and our sexuality, we can embrace pleasure with agency and permission. Consent is sexy! As is being educated and knowing our bodies. Let’s reclaim the sex education we never had at school.
I have experienced chronic pain for much of my adult life and working with pain and scars is a core part of my practice. That said, I also love to play, to have fun, to encourage the primal parts of ourselves and with my experience of movement, shamanism and love of raw expression I welcome this in you too.
I offer a neutral space that is open to individuals, partnerships and groups of all sexual orientations, gender identities and relationship dynamics.
Elaine Young (London)
Elaine is a facilitator, bodyworker and guide. She has trained as a Somatic Sex Coach, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Certified Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator and Tantra Educator. She is also a Lead Faculty member at the International School of Temple Arts (ISTA) and an ordained shamanic minister.
Elaine uses modalities including Sexological Bodywork™, shamanism, breathwork and tantra to support clients to move through emotional and sexuality-related challenges in their lives. Her work aims to enable clients to grow and develop new possibilities and new realities by working with the physical, energetic and emotional bodies.
Elaine offers private client and group sessions in London and teaches internationally at festivals and on week-long transformational intensives. She has a background in medical science and healthcare. She holds a BSc and MSc associated with this work and has 20 years clinical experience in direct patient care.
Vicky is a Sexologist, Somatic Sexual Educator and Pleasure Coach. She is also a Certified Holistic Masseuse, Reiki Master and Spiritual Healer with eight years experience of working as a Tantra Practitioner. She has been a body worker with an interest in spirituality for nearly twenty years. Her desire is to help you reconnect with your sensual, embodied self. Experiencing her own personal healing journey with this work has made her very passionate about sharing the wisdom she has learnt. "When you choose embodiment, when you let go of shame, when you reclaim your sensual and erotic self you will see many other aspects of your life transform." Sensuality, tenderness, playfulness and authenticity are always present in her work. All sessions can include bodywork, breath work, movement and/or visualisation. They are tailored to suit your individual needs and desires. Whether you require healing and nourishment, sexual education, erotic sensuality and playfulness or a mixture of all. She has a huge repertoire of delights and wisdom at her disposal. Online sessions are also available.
Beck Thom is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker based in the Midlands, UK. With a background in LGBT youth and community work and therapeutic social work, they found the world of Tantra, conscious sexuality and intimacy. Using their previous massage qualifications and certificate in somatic sex education, they now work with ‘anybody with a body’ including the LGBT, queer and trans community to make changes in their sexual lives.
Beck offers an accessible, down to earth approach and a safe space for clients to explore things they may never have told anyone before. Beck is particularly interested in LGBT, queer and trans experiences, all women, people recovering from sexual trauma, abuse and shame and wanting to reclaim their sexuality. Beck also offers workshops and group-work so that people benefit from doing this work in community.
Beck believes that our socialisation around sex and pleasure is distorted and unhelpful regardless of our sexual orientation or gender identity. They know that working on sexuality and intimacy is hugely valid and therapeutic, helping human beings to be whole and integrated and in full ownership of their body and capacity for pleasure. This can have wider-ranging impact on people’s life choices and sense of themselves. Beck is proud to have joined a field of professionals dedicated to this.
Sarah Rose Bright (Liverpool, Manchester and via Skype)
Sarah is a coach, guide, facilitator, teacher and catalyst. She is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Certified Somatic Sex Educator, Tantra teacher and Certified Professional Sex Coach. Her extensive training and life experiences weave modern sexology with ancient wisdom and alternative approaches into powerful, practical knowledge that works.
Her vision is a world in which all adults have access to high-quality sex education and support so people can truly learn about their bodies, pleasure and intimacy and know their sexuality as natural, healthy and precious. She offers bespoke programmes to support people to flourish to their full potential and discover what brings them alive both sexually and in all aspects of their lives.
To find out more about Sarah and her work, see www.sarahrosebright.co.uk
Jon Gosling (Manchester and via Skype)
Jon sees the body as a gateway into new and expanded experiences and calls himself a 'Body Awakener'. Connecting with his body has enabled him to experience and understand himself more deeply and allowed him to help others do the same. He is passionate about the nurturing power of touch and is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker and a trained sexologist and somatic educator. He offers experiential learning opportunities that are designed to help individuals access profound erotic and ecstatic states, allowing them to better express their desires and deepen their erotic capacity.
Jon is passionate about his work and specialises in male sexuality, nurturing touch, authentic consent, teaching erotic massage, and, if desired by you, can integrate energy healing into his work.
Jon works with individuals, couples and groups, respecting peoples’ ethnicity, beliefs, culture, disability and sexuality.
Sian Johnson (West Yorkshire)
Sian is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker and Tantra Practitioner based in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
She works with people wanting to explore pleasure and learning. Her passion is helping people to (re)discover pleasure, desire, intimacy and more fulfilling way to express their own unique sexual autonomy and expression.
In her work, she draws on experience in conscious kink, Tantra and bodywork having trained with some of the world's leading-edge teachers in sexuality, consent and sex coaching.
Sian specialises in working with men of all sexual orientations through The Men’s Programme.
Ali Grace (West Yorkshire and via Skype)
Ali Grace is a sexological bodyworker, sex and relationship coach and tantra practitioner. With a friendly, open and non-judgemental approach, she supports individuals, couples and groups to learn about their bodies and make wonderful new discoveries. Whether you are seeking to deepen your knowledge of your erotic nature, work through issues or concerns, become more comfortable with your own body or develop confidence in expressing your desire, Ali will guide and facilitate your learning.
Working at your pace, your level of comfort and led by your goals, Ali creates a safe space for revelatory and life-affirming experiences. She supports you to make discoveries and push your boundaries, allowing you to make choices about your body and your sexuality, and to discover a sense of acceptance of your own wholeness. Ali will help you move beyond any notion of sex being taboo or shameful, and enable you to reclaim permission, enjoyment and freedom for understanding pleasure on your own terms.
Michael Dresser (Findhorn, Scotland and via Skype)
Michael is an embodied intimacy coach and Certified Sexological Bodyworker. He works collaboratively and therapeutically with you to help you learn how to listen, to feel and to inhabit the pleasure that already lives inside your body. With this insight you are able to communicate more fully with your own real desires and those of others.
Michael actively welcomes working with all shades on the gender and sexual orientation spectrums, and has a special personal interest in queer or male experiences. In particular, he values working with those interested in exploring difficult or unhealthy relationships with porn or fantasy, or those seeking to connect (or reconnect) more consciously with their own intimacy and bodily sensation.
John Fraser (Glasgow, Scotland)
John is a Sexological Bodyworker, Tantric Practitioner and meditator based in Glasgow.
Working collaboratively with you, he creates a held space where you are liberated to explore your curiosity, your desire, your power and your beauty as a sexual being, and the obstacles that may impede this. He is particularly interested in setting the body free from the constraints of the mind and our ideas of what our sexuality should be like.
He works individually and together with his partner Karen.
Dee Larsen (Belfast & Dublin, Ireland)
Dee Larsen is the founder of Body Conscious Ireland and is passionate about recognising the beauty of our bodies and supporting clients in their capacity for pleasure. As a Certified Sexological Bodyworker Dee offers sessions to individuals and couples regardless of orientation or ability to overcome barriers to accessing fullest pleasure. With 15 years post qualifying experience as a social worker, Dee demonstrates insight and empathy with her clients gently supporting them on every stage of their journey.
Areas of expertise include: overcoming body shame, poor self esteem, recovering from trauma and abuse, lack of arousal, having more ejaculation choice, boundaries and consent.
Dee's practice is rooted in the belief that once we know what our bodies like and how to ask for it, pleasure will come naturally.
Sheena Lawless BA, EMCC, CSB (Westmeath, Ireland)
Sheena is a trained Somatic Sex Educator and Certified Sexological Bodyworker. She Is also a qualified Mental Health and Well-being Coach and has completed training with the HSE in Sexual Health, with a background in community development, family support, palliative care, conflict management and business enterprise.
Her extensive training and personal experience of life, family and systems networks equips her with a great understanding of how they may impact on our physical, mental and sexual well-being. From many years working in the public and private sector she fully appreciates that talking about sexual health and needs can still be taboo and that the implications of this impacts gravely on how we socially engage with others, likewise our wider social spectrum, work, families, relationships, beliefs and teachings or norms can further impact on our own well-being.
Sheena offers a friendly, open and non-judgemental approach, in which she supports individuals, couples and groups to learn about their own bodies needs and desires. Discover what’s holding you back from being the true authentic person you desire. Offering both coaching and bodywork sessions allows you to work at physical and emotional levels through issues or concerns, explore being comfortable within your own body and developing confidence in discovering how to express your own true being.
Kai Helmich (via Skype only, German & English)
My calling as a Love and Intimacy coach is to improve your quality of life by reminding you of your own unique and glorious self.
Where do you think your greatness is going to lead you to, if you give yourself the permission to fuel your life with ever more unconditional self-acceptance and self-love? Truly I tell you, your accelerator to a more alive, connected and vivid quality of life is clear, open, shamefree and unmanipulated communication of your truth. This is your capacity to be intimate - to speak your truth, to unravel your glorious-self here, now and forever more!
All you need to do is to STOP the silence, secrecy and judgement now and START opening communication with me. How convenient and perfect is SKYPE for that purpose! Where ever you are on this wonderful planet, contact me today for a 30-min intro chat via Skype.
Randy Ralston (Wicklow, Ireland)
Randy is a sex, intimacy and pleasure coach, a consciousness facilitator, a Sexological Bodyworker and Somatic Sex Educator. He holds state-approved certification through the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in California, as well as from the Institute of Somatic Sexology. He is also a member of the Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers.
Using his broad experience and background in the sensual and healing arts, Randy provides individual sessions that are confidential, non-judgmental and sensitively provided in a compassionate, no-nonsense style that helps people allow into their lives all the love, pleasure and freedom they have always wanted. With a private practice based in Ireland, Randy also serves the UK and Europe. He accepts referrals and works in collaboration with complementary and traditional professionals, therapists, medical doctors, social workers and other health care providers.