It’s been a wild couple of months! I suddenly find myself not only in the middle of writing a dissertation as a PhD candidate back at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (gosh, a second doctorate! cool!), and at the same time I also am in the process of creating an eight-week, 150-hour, certificate course on “Intimate Hypnosis – Sexological Hypnosis Skills” for IASHS. Wow! It’s a great opportunity and I’m working hard to make this all happen!

This is going to be a top-notch educational offering, and will serve sexologists, sex therapists, and professional hypnotists equally well.

I had originally hoped to teach this course this summer, but not enough students enrolled. So we have now planned to offer it in the fall – exact dates and format still to be determined. We will still have a home study component, will include weekly teleconference classes, as well as an on-site component. I have also created a complete distance course, without  an on-site intensive, for those who cannot travel.

Here’s an introduction about the course, from the website I’ve created just for the class.

“The ability to be “entranced” is a key to sexual and emotional health.

Natural trance states are changes in brain waves which allow us to access “non-conscious” realms of imagination, inner narratives, deeply held feelings, embedded somatic memories, and imprinted beliefs. These same states also allow us to be “entranced” within our own eros as well as with our sexual and romantic partners. A natural and spontaneous experience of erotic trance can enhance our feelings of pleasure, playfulness, and intimacy.

Hypnosis can also support postive change in physical function, emotions, and health. Through a thoughtful, guided use of hypnosis, the person in a trance state becomes receptive to literal language and positive suggestions which reinforce desired changes in conscious behavior and feelings, including those which pertain to sex and sexual dysfunction.

Using hypnosis for sexual problems

Clients dealing with sexual and gender concerns are best served by clinicians, counselors, and hypotherapists who are well educated in human sexuality, who understand a wide range of sexual behaviors and gender variance, and who are nonjudgmental, sex-positive, and welcoming of diversity.

However, in spite the advantages of using hypnosis to address sexual and gender concerns, there are few opportunities for specific training in this specialized application of hypnosis – for any of the above categories of helping professionals.”

I’ll be adding more content soon, about the uses of hypnosis when addressing sexual and gender concerns.