She found the true foundation of her work with clients in her studies of Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing™ and Ray Castellino's Prenatal and Birth Trauma Therapy. Deepening her commitment to healing through the body, she obtained an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Somatic and Pre/Perinatal Psychology.
Sarah regularly assists Somatic Experiencing™ trainings in the SF Bay Area. She has also assisted Myrna Martin's Prenatal and Birth Trauma Training and Ray Castellino & Anna Chitty in their Energetic Bodywork Training. Her website is: http://www.somatictraumahealing.com/
The topic of adult sexual intimacy has been mostly neglected in the field of PPN Psychology, even though there is an obvious connection between the two, as most of my PPN colleagues agree. When I began introducing this topic in conversations with
my peers, most of them said they had been thinking about this as well or had been waiting for somebody to openly talk about it. Several referred to it as “the elephant
in the room”.
The question then is, what is the connection between Sexology and PPN Psychology? The basic assumption of the field of PPN Psychology is that our earliest experiences from conception through the preverbal period affect us for the rest of our lives, both in the realm of our resources and strengths and also in the area of our challenges. Especially our relational patterns are affected: our attachment style, our capacity to trust and feel safe in relationship, our social nervous system engagement, the partners we choose or do not choose, etc. In my private practice I and many other PPN practitioners have found that a couple’s capacity to stay in loving connection has mostly to do with their early imprinting. If this is true, then a person’s sexual intimacy must necessarily also be affected by their PPN experiences.
How is our adult sexual intimacy affected by PPN imprints? Our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) capacity to stay in connection while feeling safe, including during sexual interactions. Specific imprints related to sexuality, such us through each of our parents’
sexual imprints or their sexual interactions during pregnancy. Specific imprints related to attachment and bonding, as they show up during intimacy.
Our sequencing imprints and how they show up during sexuality when each partner’s sequencing interacts with the other’s. For many of us, our intention in this work is to support our clients in having more fulfilling, authentic relationships, either with themselves or with others. Problems with sexual intimacy can erode primary relationships over time, can be painful and disempowering to the individual and are often ultimately an expression of unresolved imprints. In this sense I see it as crucial to be able to support our clients in this area or be able to recognize that more support is needed and refer them to a qualified professional.
In the coming year I will be offering webinars and workshops on this topic to train interested practitioners in how to better support their clients in this area."