Amy Marsh, Ed.D., DHS, CH, CI, 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 erotic hypnosis, and relationship skills based on the world-famous, research-based PREP.inc curriculum for marriage education. As of May 10, 2018 she has resigned as an apprentice teacher of Ipsalu tantra.
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.
After long consideration, Dr. Marsh has decided to “come out of the broom closet” and bring her interest in Neopagan spirituality and practices into her client work. She will be actively working with her ancestors and spiritual guides (mostly in the Norse pantheon) as well as incorporating a range of intuitive skills into her sessions, including divination, simple rituals, hypnotic journeying and guided imagery. She will also address topics such as erotic hypnosis, Western Neo-Tantra and sex magic as enrichment activities for partners. (Dr. Marsh does not participate herself in such activities with clients.)
Please note: Dr. Marsh adheres to “inclusive Heathenry” standards (non-racist, non-discriminatory) in her Norse inspired spirituality. She is a member of The Troth. (See Declaration 127–A Stand Against Hate.)
She blogs on a range of spirituality topics at LadyoftheLake.blog.
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.
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.
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 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.