Webinars/Case Consults

Live Webinar: "Attachment, Trauma and Sexuality - Coming Home to the Self"

Saturday, March 23 & Sunday, March 24, 2019, 11:30am-2pm Pacific

It is a great honor to be presenting through the SAND organization—”Science and Non-Duality”. They have invited me to do a 5 hour webinar series, spread out over 2 days. It will be broadcast live, and will be interactive and experiential. Here is the description:

Through the science and heart of attachment and trauma, we’ll examine how we are physiologically designed for connection, closeness and pleasure—which is as deeply “wired” as our response to threat—as well as what happens when this nature is denied.

Through a mix of educational material, experiential exercises, reflections and homework this series will provide numerous ways of coming home to the body, finding advanced levels of pleasure and helping to identify and overcome all that gets in the way.

 This series will cover:

  • The science and psychobiology of attachment needs

  • The physiology of trauma, and how disconnection from the body prevents the resolution of past trauma

  • Exercises that support fuller embodied pleasure and self-acceptance

  • Ways of recovering from sexuality trauma and sexual abuse, and how to do this at a respectful pace that prevents re-traumatization

Day 1 - Saturday, March 23, 11:30am-2:00PM Pacific

Trauma, Attachment, Connection and Pleasure

  • The science behind how we are all designed to connect, to seek pleasure and to respond to threat or trauma

  • What happens when any of these are interrupted or denied, and the parenting styles and gender stereotypes that have unknowingly created harm

  • Survival involves moving away from danger, but also moving towards others for safety

  • Overview of fight, flight, freeze and appease

  • Exercises to help heal these early wounds

  • Examining the messages we are given about gender as early as prenatally, and how these messages affect our connection to our bodies and sense of self

  • Shame and abuse that occurs in formative stages of life

  • Exercises and reflections towards healing from this shame and abuse

Day 2 - Sunday, March 24, 11:30AM- 2:00PM Pacific

Embodiment, Abuse and Intimacy

  • Coming more fully into the whole self through embodied mindfulness

  • What is needed to heal most gently and respectfully from sexual abuse or assault

  • Importance of boundaries and embodied consent

I will use art, a variety of mindfulness exercises, active boundary exercises, reflections on developmental stages, homework with self-touch and embodiment.

“Neither the church nor the opponents of the church have clearly understood that the secret, or unconscious, motivation of sexual repression is to make it all the more interesting. And on the other side, it has not been clearly understood that sexual biology and all that goes with it is a figuring force, on the level of biology, of what the whole universe is about, ecstatic play.” Alan Watts

For countless generations, beliefs about sex and the body have been exceedingly pejorative and condemning. Although most religions develop these mores as a necessary means of keeping social order, such ideologies have a devasting effect on our psyches, emotions and relationships with others. Abiding by these creeds necessitates a thorough disconnection from our essential nature.

Calling on my decades of experience as a trauma therapist and trainer of Somatic Experiencing, combined with extensive training in somatic sexuality, this series will address what it takes to heal our sexuality and our relationship to our gender, and to our bodies.

I am working on getting CEUs. Webinar costs $89.00

On-going Online Group Case Consultations—Sexuality Series

Ariel is excited to be offering a series of online webinars specifically addressing all issues of sexuality and intimate relationships for trauma therapists and sex educators and "sexperts". Each meet for 90 minutes. They count for 1/2 hour of credit words SEP certification.



Click link under "register" for latest dates



Topics to be discussed could include

  • working with sexual abuse or assault, and the steps needed to move towards healthy, safe, embodied intimacy

  • supporting people who have limited body awareness or fears of being sexual

  • working with infertility, lack of sexual interest, gender identity or body dysmorphia,

  • addressing common sexual struggles such as the aging body, erectile dysfunction, anorgasmia

  • couples and.....well..... all the complexities of coupledom--sexual incompatibility, how to "spice up" long term relationships, how to "open" a relationship gracefully

  • for touch therapists--how not to re-traumatize clients

  • working skillfully with kink, BDSM

Notice they are offered at different times to adjust to different time zones, in an attempt allow a variety of time zones and schedules to participate. You can email Ariel in advance with specific topics to cover (ariel@fullembodiment.org) and she will also make time for a number of client cases.

Ariel will add more dates in the future as she gets clear on the interest in this topic and the times that suit the most people. Those of you in the SE training needing faculty level consultation credits, these groups will qualify for one half hour of credit, however you must be on the call to get credit, and you must be present the whole time. Recordings will be available to purchase, as well, if you can't attend live--but just for listening, Ariel cannot grant consultation credit unless you are live on the call. Feel free to pass this info on to colleagues.

If you prefer to pay by paypal, and not a credit card you send $40 via PayPal "friends & family" to arielgcal@gmail.com. Send me a quick email with the date you prefer, and I will add you to the roster.

The day before the event I'll be sending out Zoom requests.