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Embodied Intimacy: Neurobiological-Gestalt FST Integration of Couples and Sex Therapy Week of May 7-12, 2017

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Embodied intimacy is the body-to-body intersubjective connection between parent and infant that shapes the brain and grows secure children, underlies the affection between mates, and arouses erotic lovers. Research shows that many of the vital qualities of nonverbal communication shared by intimates are necessary elements in the therapeutic alliance. Therapist attunement to the client’s facial, vocal, and body language in the present moment (and whose own body reflects empathy and understanding) is more critical for client growth than psychotherapeutic orientation. Yet, effective couples and sex therapists also need to be educators; skilled observers and articulators of subtle exchanges; theorizers of possible emotional associations tied to the past; and guides to metabolizing emotional experiences and attaining personal and relational growth. Simultaneously, the therapist needs to be self-attuned and regulated to catch emotional cues and address them helpfully.
This Full-Spectrum Training for professionals developed by Dr. Stella Resnick looks at five spectrums of exploration in this cognitive-somatic-relational approach to couples’ work. These are: Attachment-Sexuality; Pain-Pleasure; Pathology-Evolution; Cognitive-Somatic; and Experiential-Behavioral. The training is primarily experiential with participant process-work being the route to professional expertise. Methods for exploring and enhancing emotional and sexual intimacy include a body-based reframing of the issues, present-centered embodied Gestalt processing, and breath work.
Note: Registration for this workshop is through Dr. Stella Resnick only. For more information, learning objectives, and to register, visit Only after you have registered and paid tuition fees will you be able to reserve accommodations at Esalen. For accommodations pricing chart, see
Recommended reading: Resnick, The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love.
CE credit for AASECT; see leader.
CE credit for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs;
CE credit pending for psychologists;


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