As a helping professional, I have a lot of training, skills, and interests. I am currently an AASECT-certified sexuality counselor, a clinical sexologist (Ed.D. and DHS), an adult sexuality educator, a certified hypnotist (CH) and a certifed hypnosis trainer (CI). I am an experienced online educator and workshop leader. I am the founder of the Intimate Hypnosis Training Center.
Now located in Lake County, CA, I have worked in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2008-2015 and in Pahoa, Hawai’i from 2016-2017.
I am a “Kink Aware Professional” listed through the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom.
My classes and workshops are always LGBTQIA+, kink, and polyam friendly. Cultural, ethnic, gendered, and embodied diversity is also welcome. All on-site classes are fragrance free.
Coming Soon: Courses Informed by Neopagan Practices
This year I left the “broom closet” as a neopagan polytheist animist, My spiritual practices are eclectic and include working with my ancestors as well as with deities in the Norse pantheon (and a few others). I hope to create future classes which will combine my sexology and hypnosis background with intuitive skills including divination, simple rituals, trance journeying, and guided imagery.
I blog on a range of spirituality topics at LadyoftheLake.blog.
The “Office Wall”
My IASHS degrees were obtained in 2008 (D.H.S.) and 2011 (Ed.D.) and were accepted by AASECT as meeting the necessary educational requirements for certification as a sexuality counselor. (I completed other requirements such as supervision as well.) My D.H.S. project may be read here. My EdD project consisted of an extensive literature search into the uses of hypnosis for sexual problems and the creation of the 150-hour Sexological Hypnotism course (now revised and called Hypnosis for Sexual Concerns). I taught that first course at IASHS for three years.
Sad to Say: The Troubled History of IASHS
Prior 2017, the California Bureau of Private Post-Secondary Education (BPPE) approved IASHS to grant degrees (Ph.D., Ed.D, D.H.S.) and certificates in human sexuality. In 2015, BPPE issued a fine and Order of Abatement to IASHS. In 2016, the BPPE (1) issued a second fine and Order of Abatement to IASHS and (2) the BPPE declined to renew the approval of IASHS to grant degrees and certificates. By October 2018, IASHS appears to have closed. The website no longer exists.
From the internet’s “Wayback Machine,” I have captured three pages which are pertinent to documenting my participation at IASHS, prior to 2015.
• IASHS Academic and Professional Degrees – Explains the Ed.D. and DHS programs.
• IASHS Certificate Programs – Shows my Sexological Hypnotism course.
• IASHS Faculty and Administration – I am listed as Dean of Students and also on the faculty. I served about six months as Dean and resigned in 2015.
Here is a link to my commentary on one scandal attached to IASHS.
I have published two articles in the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality: “Le’ale’a o na Poe Kahiko: Joy of the People of Old” (2011) and “Love Among the Objectum Sexuals” (2010). I contributed three entries to The Cultural Encyclopedia of the Penis (ed. Kimmel, Milrod, & Kennedy), and an essay to Transitions of the Heart – Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children (ed. Rachel Pepper). Some of my weekly “Love’s Outer Limits” columns for Carnal Nation (2009-2010) have been collected in her book, Sex Squicks.
AASECT – American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists
National Coalition of Sexual Freedom (also in KAP Directory)
National Guild of Hypnotists (member and instructor)
Conferences & Presentations
I have presented at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities and Diversity (2016, 2009); CatalystCon West (2015); AASECT (2014); Gender Spectrum (2013, 2012, 2010); The EcoSex Symposium (2011); The American Counseling Association Pre-Conference Learning Institutes (2011, 2010); and Gender Odessey (2009).
I have been a guest lecturer at Mills College (3x), Berkeley City College (4x), the Janus Society, and the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (4x).
I have appeared on Good Morning America, Tyra Banks, and twice on National Geographic Taboo, as well as on several podcasts, radio shows, and local television. In early 2019, Denham Hitchcock, of Australia’s Channel 7 Sunday Night show, interviewed me for a segment on Objectum Sexuality, however the show has not yet aired.
Personal Works in Progress
On a personal note, Dr. Marsh has completed her first fantasy novel, The Dire Deeds of the Guild of Ornamental Hermits, a tale of mid-life magic and adventure, and is currently seeking literary representation. As you might expect from a sexologist, the book includes characters who are intersex, transgender, gender queer/fluid, gender plural, gay, asexual, bisexual, lesbian, heterosexual, non-monogamous, kinky, and so on. The novel is set in the Puna district of Hawai’i Island.
As of November 1st, 2018, she is now at work on the second book in the series, The Witching Work of the Guild of Ornamental Hermits. This book is set in Lake County, CA and introduces the character of Lucky LaFey.