Alternative Treatments


The intersection of sex therapy and relationship therapy touches every aspect of life. A special selection of courses covers somatic interventions, surrogate partners, religion and sex, sex and culture, mindfulness, Imago, art therapy and alternative therapies you can use immediately with your clients.


Surrogacy, Religion and Sex, Imago and Sex Therapy

Sept 22-25, 2021

Held via: Live Simultaneous Webcast, 10 am – 6 pm EST/7 am – 3 pm PST

– Discounts for Early Registration end Aug 18th –


Wed – Sep 22

  • AM – Somatic Interventions for Sex Therapy – Jennifer Gardner LICSW, CST
  • PM – Surrogate Partner Therapy – Brian Gibney and Nicole Ananda

Thu – Sep 23

  • AM – Religion and Sex – Faculty
  • PM – Sex and Culture – Chris Ryan

Fri – Sep 24

  • AM – Intro to Sex and Mindfulness – Part I: Honoring the Unexplainable – Lori Brotto, Ph.D., R Psych
  • PM – Imago Therapy and Sex Therapy – Gail Guttman, LCSW

Sat – Sep 25

  • AM – Sex and Art Therapy – Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.
  • PM – From Trauma to Drama – Douglas Moser, Author
**Courses and presenters may be adjusted periodically. Please check this page or contact for the most up-to-date schedule.

In this 4 day training you can fulfill these requirements:

AASECT Sex Ed: AASECT Core Sex Therapy: AASECT Sex Counseling: ISTI Categories:
Wed: A, E, P
Wed: C, E, F


You may register for any combination of individual days. Student discounts available, email in your tuition: eWorkbook for the module, compiled by Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. with additional reading material and resources.

Sep 22 (Wed) 2 pm – 6 pm  (EST) – Surrogate Partner Therapy – Brian Gibney and Nicole Ananda

In this presentation, we will examine the use of surrogate partner therapy (SPT) as a supplemental treatment for patients experiencing severe impedances to physical and/or emotional intimacy. We will discuss a brief history of SPT, introduce IPSA (the International Professional Surrogates’ Association), identify typical presenting issues that SPT may be used to overcome, and discuss the process of the work. We will also discuss the overarching philosophies of SPT, ethics, and legality of the use of surrogate partners.

Sep 24 (Fri) 10 am – 1 pm  (EST) – Intro to Sex and Mindfulness – Part I: Honoring the Unexplainable with Lori Brotto, Ph.D., R Psych

Mindfulness is awareness in the moment without judgment. This means noticing thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations in any moment, and accepting without judgment. When we can observe instead of reacting (by lashing out, shutting down, or distracting/numbing), we start to slow down and reflect on what makes us unhappy, anxious, irritated, angry, sad, uncomfortable, lonely, or fearful. This mindful awareness can help get to the heart of patterns and triggers that lead to behavior and situations that cause unhappiness in life. In many interactions with intimate partners, whether mundane or challenging, there is always an opportunity to heal. Therapists and sexuality counselors can learn to use mindfulness as a tool for recovery.

Sep 25 (Sat) 2 pm – 6 pm  (EST) – From Trauma to Drama with Douglas Moser, Author

Trauma of all sorts reverberates long after the actual event. As Joseph Campbell said: “You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path.” In our journey to claim our lives as hero, we must learn to follow our own path and find our own light. In “From Trauma to Drama” we will learn how to look at our dark moments through another lens, finding the hero within the victim, the champion in the defeated. We will explore ways to uncover the humor in pain, the transformation in misery, and the triumph in adversity. Participants will explore writing exercises that may take the form of theatrical scenes, short memoir pieces, and fiction based on their own experiences. Remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you more fun at parties. All participants should bring a pad and pen or pencil, and a computer if you’d like.

Recommended reading: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, On Writing by Stephen King, and Change Your Story, Change Your Life by Jen Grisanti.

About the Trainers:

Lori Brotto
Over the course of his adult life, Brian Gibney has worn many hats: research scientist (MA, Molecular biology; Masters, Microbiology), teacher, professional artist, performer, and parent.  The common thread that has run through all of those vocations was the joy of learning, discovery, and improvement.  Concurrently, he has always enjoyed sharing with others to learn their stories, hopes, and dreams, realizing that these are common elements of the human experience that bind us all together.  In surrogate partner therapy I welcome the ability to utilize my unique skills, disposition, and life experiences to guide others around obstacles to emotional and physical intimacy.

Brian received his training in surrogate partner therapy from IPSA (the International Professional Surrogates’ Association) in 2016 and is currently in the intern phase of his work.  Under the supervision of an experienced mentor, he works with female-identifying clients to aid them in overcoming obstacles that prevent them from experiencing healthy intimate relationships.



Tammy Nelson Ph.D. is a sex and relationship expert, an international speaker, and author of several books including, “Integrative Sex & Couples Therapy,” “Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together,” “The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity,”  and “When You’re the one Who Cheats.” She is a Board Certified Sexologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and a Certified Imago Relationship therapist, a TEDx speaker, and the host of the podcast The Trouble with Sex

All lectures will be taught by top experts recognized in the field of human sexuality both nationally and worldwide. Other faculty may be announced at a later time.

**This program meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 28 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact or go to  Please contact your local certifying organization for detailed information on courses they accept for CEs.

** You will receive a refund less $50 deposit for your registration if you cancel within one week of the course. If you cancel with 24 hours’ notice for any reason, you will receive a refund less a $100 deposit. If you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice, you forfeit your tuition but may use your payment at any other time, for any other course.

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Days to Attend:

SAR + Fri/Sat, 4-day Series, SAR 2-day, Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Weds/Thurs, Thurs/Fri, Fri/Sat, Weds/Thurs/Fri, Thu/Fri/Sat