Exploring The Sexual Self & Identity Series

CLICK HERE to go directly to registration, PLEASE NOTE WHICH CLASS (ES) YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR as there are many options in order to accommodate your choice and level of inquiry.

Co-facilitated by Alicia Patterson & Melissa Walker

Sexuality is a vast landscape. This dynamic class series explores the edges found in the sexual self, facilitating an awakening of awareness around these edges, the arousal or revulsion found there, and offers a language to begin to articulate the non-verbal and sometimes pre-verbal language of these edges. We will explore BDSM / Kink, sexual archetypes that are embodied over the lifespan, the psychological impact of edge-walking, followed by a supervision group to support those in the helping professions to apply this knowledge to their work with clients. These areas will be explored through dialogue, discussion and experiential facilitation (clothed) to explore the non-verbal realm. This class will challenge all your assumptions about these edge-walking spaces, whether you are exploring for your personal journey, your professional journey, or *hopefully* BOTH!

SEXUAL ARCHETYPES: JANUARY 18, 6 pm – 9 pm 

  • Dimensions: Expressiveness, dominance / submission, virgin (self to self), partnered (self to other), Gender fluid / exploration, generativity / creation, grief / shadow
  • Exploration of modern archetypes

BDSM & KINK: FEBRUARY 15, 6 pm – 9 pm 

  • What is BDSM / Kink?
  • Trauma / Re-traumatization in kink / BDSM, the nervous system & kink
  • Risk aware BDSM & Kink
  • Communication and self-inquiry

PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS & DEVELOPMENT: MARCH 15, 6 pm – 9 pm 

  • Sexual development
  • Kinesphere & expression awareness
  • Ancestral lineage tracking
  • Psycho-education about the pelvic floor anatomy and emotional / traumatic impact
  • Belief systems about sexuality and development
  • Polyamory / open relationships / evolutionary sexual development lens

GROUP SUPERVISION OPPORTUNITY FOCUSING IN SOMATIC PSYCHOTHERAPY & SEXUALITY: APRIL 19, 6 pm – 9 pm

  • this week is for therapists in training and therapists working in the field
  • this is an opportunity to get a lens on body based & sexuality centered supervision
  • this is a chance to bring concerns about working with sexuality, identity, transference & counter-transference in the therapeutic relationship in a nonjudgmental environment with two educated professionals who have experience working with sexuality and alternative relationships and lifestyles


LOGISTICS:
– When : Dates listed above : January 18 , February 15 , March 15 , April 19 , all Thursday evenings
– Time : 6 pm – 9 pm with one short break
– Where : Private practice office in Westminster
– Fee : $55 Professionals / $35 Students per class or $150 Professionals / $90 Students for all 3
Supervision Group Fee (the night in April): $75

CLICK HERE to register, PLEASE NOTE WHICH CLASS (ES) YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR as there are many options in order to accommodate your choice and level of inquiry.

NOTES TO BE AWARE OF:

– This is a series of classes / groups on different topics followed by a supervision group (the supervision group is the April date).
– The supervision group will be for therapists in training or working in the field.
– Each class can be joined independently or the series can be completed as a whole (all 3 if you’re not a therapist in the field, or all 4 if you are a therapist in training or working in the field)

** These groups will be capped due to space size. Please inquire if cost is an issue.

Melissa Walker, MA, LPC, R-DMT, Director for the Embodied Relationships Counseling Center, is a Body-Centered sex and relationship therapist. She is currently working toward her Sex Therapist certification and is adjunct faculty in the Graduate School of Psychology at Naropa University. Melissa combines somatic psychotherapy with sexology in her Concentric Sex Therapy model.

Alicia Patterson, MA, LPC, R-DMT, CYT is a Somatic Psychotherapist and Holistic Pelvic Care Practitioner. She has been working with groups and movement for 7 years and thrives on the group field. She sees private clients in Boulder & Golden. Alicia is trained as a birth doula and believes working in the realm of pregnancy, birth, death, sexuality and intimacy to be inter-related and some of the deepest and richest territory that can be explored in the self.

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