Foundations of the Somatica Method
– 3-Day Training
with Danielle Harel, PhD, MSW, CSB & Celeste Hirschman, MA, CSB
We are so excited to be bringing the Somatica Method to the UK!!!
Danielle Harel, PhD and Celeste Hirschman MA are San Francisco based Sex Therapists and Relationship Coaches who developed the experiential, highly effective and cutting edge SomaticaⓇ Method of Sex and Relationship Coaching.
Celeste & Danielle met in The Sexological Bodywork training in San Francisco, California in 2004 and taught the San Francisco Sexological Bodywork Training for 5 years. The SomaticaⓇ Method and eventually the Somatica Training grew out of their experience of working with clients and hearing their clients constantly expressing the need for better relational tools around sex and intimacy. Celeste & Danielle developed this foundational class to introduce you to the SomaticaⓇ Method.
Revolutionise your practice and your relationship with Somatica’s tools for deeper erotic and emotional connection. This class will introduce you to the philosophical foundations of the method while giving you experiential and practical approaches to enhance your own and your clients’ sex and relationships right now!
In this training 3-day training, you will learn Somatica’s approach to:
The process of socialisation disconnects people from their bodies and their full self-expression. Somatica practitioners continuously and methodically bring people into their bodies as a pathway to deeper self-understanding and self-expression. When people are in their bodies, they fully experience their lives, emotions and sensations. They breathe deeply and slowly. They are capable of making comfortable eye contact. Their body moves in a flowing, as opposed to a mechanical, restricted, or frozen way. Additionally, being in one’s body opens up a pathway to sexual arousal and sexual expression that is different from the one that comes from our mind/fantasies.
Attachment is one of our most basic human needs, yet many of us have not had an experience of secure attachment. In this class, you will begin to learn how to build secure attachment with the people that you love including your clients. We believe that secure attachment is possible at any age. If you have a real experience of secure attachment with someone, you will learn how to cultivate secure attachment in your life. The Somatica approach offers secure attachment in an honest relationship with healthy boundaries and touch.
In addition to attachment, humans also need to be true to their authentic self and follow their deepest desires, preferably with the support and acceptance their loved ones. Individuation is about personal freedom, self-actualisation, and growth. In Somatica, we see attachment and individuation as two sided of the same coin – if you feel securely attached you are more likely to feel safe to be yourself, if you feel accepted by your partner, you are more likely to want to be attached. In this class, we will use sexual desire as an important example of individuation.
Sexual Desire and Arousal
Sexual desire and arousal come from two different routes – physical and psychological. In this foundational class, we will introduce experiences to help people find out more about both of these routes. This way, you and your clients will discover and share the full breadth and depth of desire and arousal. So often, couples have different desires and feel ashamed or threatened by these differences, which leads to dissatisfaction. Through self-discovery and acceptance of others, you will learn how to help couples empathise and re-connect across differences so they can achieve the heights of satisfaction.
I've discovered I am a sexual being and gained the courage and confidence to express all of myself
Somatica has been hugely transformational for me both personally and professionally. Before becoming a practitioner, I was a client who experienced very low desire and believed I was not a sexual being. I feel sadness as I remember the false beliefs I thought were true. So not true! I've discovered I am a sexual being and gained the courage and confidence to express all of myself. I also learned to be vulnerable in my relationships. Because of my own personal transformation, I decided Somatica was the work that I wanted to do in the world and I love what I do! My ongoing training in the method continues to increase my skills as a practitioner and expand my understanding of myself as a sexual being.
- Dalia, Somatica Core Training, 2013 Berkeley, CA
Social messages around women’s sexuality cause women to distance from their bodies and desires. This drastically limits the amount of personal power and erotic pleasure that they can get from sex. In this workshop, you will learn how to meet women where they are to help them expand their experiences of pleasure and empowerment.
Just as social messages negatively impact women’s sexuality, they also impact men’s sexuality and emotionality. This class will help you embrace men’s desires and help men get in touch with their emotional and erotic expression as well as helping them become better lovers.
Tuition is US$950. Since spots are limited, your seat is reserved only when you pay in full. Early bird fee paid in full before July 15, 2017 is $850.
The healing is profound and touches all parts of one's life
Celeste & Danielle have created a revolutionary approach to transformation. Because it dives deeply into the vulnerable and guarded realms of sexuality, the healing is profound and touches all parts of one's life. The process of being in a relationship with a practitioner while finding one's own individual humanity allows more self-love and acceptance. Leading an individual into embracing and loving the human they are, living in a world where desires can be embraced, mistakes become learning and life is a continual journey of curious exploration.
- H.R, Somatica Core Training, 2012 Oakland, CA
If you choose to withdraw from the training 30 days or more prior to the first day of the program, you will be refunded all tuition paid less a non-refundable $150 cancellation fee less any foreign transaction fees. If you choose to withdraw from the training for any reason whatsoever less than 30 days before the first day of the program, or should you miss any individual class sessions, you will be held responsible for payment of the full tuition.