When was the last time you slowed down and really listened to your body?
Healing, embodiment, and somatic integration start with listening to our bodies and our hearts. Our bodies hold so much, from past experiences to present challenges to the possibility of pleasure. Our bodies remember the traumatic experiences we have endured and hold the key to releasing them as well.
Trauma is getting a lot of attention these days, but what does it really mean? Any experience that is overwhelming for our nervous system is traumatic, but not all traumatic experiences become stuck trauma in our bodies. The difference is in our relationship to what happened including: how we process it, our emotions about it, and when or if we release it.
Whether your stuck trauma comes from a single incident, childhood attachment experiences, adult relationships, experiences of oppression, familial or societal expectations, or a mixture of any or all of these, we can work together to support your growth and transformation.
I can help you identify stuck patterns in your relationships with yourself, others, and the world and give you tools so you can get unstuck. Through utilizing somatic praxis, emotional awareness, and pleasure and weaving them together with the latest in trauma treatment, neurobiology, and attachment theory, we can focus on strategies and techniques to understand your self and your emotions in a way that is productive and meaningful to your life.
I can support you in designing the type of life you want to live, the type of person you want to be, and the type of relationships you want to have. I can support you through the process of becoming more you.
Through fully embracing our own erotic experiences of desire and pleasure we are given access to possibility and choice.
My work intentionally and explicitly includes sexuality and the erotic, because so many others do not. It is my belief that desire and pleasure are fundamental to our being alive, which can include sexual pleasure, but does not have to.
So many of us are numb, hopeless, and starved of the deep connection we crave. The antidote is feeling deeply, which we access through erotic desire. Desire is what propels us forward, what moves us to change, grow, learn, and become. Pleasure is deep satisfaction, fulfillment, and enjoyment of our lives and the world around us.
Sexuality and the Erotic may be of central focus to our work together, maybe your trauma includes sexual or relational trauma, maybe you are looking for deeper or sacred erotic experiences, or maybe you are experiencing sexual challenges or frustrations that you would like support around.
Experience Deep Connection
Conscious Pleasure is trauma-knowledgeable, heart-centered, therapeutic coaching for adults of all genders, sizes, abilities, sexualities, spiritualities, and relationship statuses who are struggling with sexuality, identity, or intimacy and who long to be seen. I create public and private workshops and work in private sessions with individuals, couples, and polycules. I and my work are physically based in occupied Duwamish and Coast Salish land, now named Seattle, Washington, but sessions can be done online via video as well as in person.
I work with transgender, non-binary, and cisgender people; with gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual, and straight people; with pagans, atheists, and theists; with disabled and able bodied folks; with people in polyamorous, non-monogamous, and monogamous relationships; with sex workers and other sexuality professionals; with people struggling to accept their own bodies.
Sessions are usually a blend of therapeutic talking/mind-based interaction, body-based/somatic embodiment exercises, and/or educational-therapeutic touch. The session experience is completely dependent upon your goals and comfort, and focused on increasing your experience of embodiment and intimacy with yourself, others, and the world.
My approach is based on the work I did for my Master's degree in Sacred Erotic Psychology, certifications in Sexological Bodywork (CSB), Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, as well as numerous hours of work with clients and with myself. I have extensive knowledge of and personal experience with trauma, queer / lgbpa+ and trans/non-binary experiences, kink/bdsm, polyamory/non-monogamy, and more.
I am unapologetically and radically queer, trans-inclusive, consent-based, sex-positive, feminist, anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, kink-knowledgeable, poly-normative, and non-appropriative in my values. I recognize these values are ideals to continuously strive toward and I desire to create a safer space based upon these ideals. I also recognize that I may fall short of these ideals, and will always welcome feedback on how I can do better.