Amy Marsh, Ed.D., DHS, CH, CI, CBS, ACS, is an AASECT-certified sexuality counselor, clinical sexologist, hypnotist, and adult sexuality educator who is new to this Pomo land, also known as Lake County. Previously, she lived in the Maku’u Ahupua’a (Pahoa) area of Puna and had a small private practice in the Hilo and Pahoa areas of Hawai’i island (2016-2017). Dr. Marsh previously practiced in the the San Francisco Bay Area from 2008-2015.
She welcomes diversity. Her counseling sessions and workshops are always LGBTQIA, etc., kink, poly friendly, and so on. Cultural, ethnic, gendered, and embodied diversity is also welcome. All sessions and classes are fragrance free.
As a sexuality educator for adults, Dr. Marsh offers classes in beginning Ipsalu Tantra (no nudity or intimate touch), erotic hypnosis, and relationship skills based on the world-famous, research-based PREP.inc curriculum for marriage education.
She also teaches online through Creative Sexuality Education Corp. and Sex Coach U and Sexology University. She is an apprentice teacher of Ipsalu Tantra, currently licensed to teach from 2014-2017. Please see the Workshops & Classes page for more details.
As a certified hypnosis instructor, she is the founder of the Intimate Hypnosis Training Center and offers basic hypnotist certification as well as a specialty certificate in hypnosis for sexual concerns.
Dr. Marsh is also a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist™ (2016) and Dona-trained postpartum doula. She has decided to not practice as a CBS or doula in Lake County but to use that background to best advantage in crafting hypnosis care for expectant and new moms.
This blog and website is designed to provide information about her clinical practice and professional interests, which include social justice for transgender and gender variant people; sexological and erotic hypnosis; lactation support; objectum sexuality; tantra; erotology; environmental health and community health; and much more. She is a “Kink Aware Professional” through the National Coalition of Sexual Freedom.
The “Office Wall”
Marsh’s 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. (Other requirements included supervision, etc.) Her D.H.S. project may be read here.
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 2017, the CA BPPE declined to renew the approval of IASHS to grant degrees and certificates.
Dr. Marsh has 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). She 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 her 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)
WASC – World Association of Sex Coaches
Conferences & Presentations
Dr. Marsh has 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).
She has also been a guest lecturer at Mills College, Berkeley City College, the Janus Society, and the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.
Dr. Marsh has appeared on Good Morning America, Tyra Banks, and twice on National Geographic Taboo, as well as on several podcasts, radio shows, and local television.
Finally, Work in Progress
On a personal note, Dr. Marsh is working on a fantasy novel, The Dire Deeds of the Guild of Ornamental Hermits, a tale of mid-life magic and adventure. 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.