Somatic Interventions for Sex Therapy


Jennifer Gardner provides insight into developmental movements and other somatic techniques to highlight and challenge the narrative created by the ways we communicate. Recorded lecture. 2.5 CE credits (async)


Taught by: Jennifer Gardner LICSW, CST

Designed for: Therapists, counselors, mental health practitioners

Course includes: A 2-part recorded webinar.


2.5 AASECT CEs available in these Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs):

AASECT Human Sexuality Education Core Knowledge Areas (CKAs): E, M, N
AASECT Sex Therapist Content Areas: C
AASECT Sexuality Counseling Content Areas: N/A
AASECT Sexuality Educator Content Areas: N/A
ISTI Knowledge Categories: 1c, 1d, 2c, 2d, 3d

AASECT and ISTI Certification pathways

Couples’ discussions of relationship difficulties and sexuality often resemble a well-worn path with the familiar ruts and bumps of cognition (narrative), affect, and body postures.  This path, while familiar, is fraught with miscommunication. Often what one partner intends to communicate is interpreted differently by the other partner based on their own history and preconceived notions.

Jennifer Gardner explores how the couples’ therapist can help couples notice their communication patterns as they emerge and use small, body-based dialog and experiments to highlight and shift patterns that support change. Gain insight into the developmental movements and other somatic techniques to highlight and challenge the narrative created by the ways we communicate.

Learning Objectives:

In this training, participants will:

  1. Recognize the importance of using present moment experiences to highlight patterns of couples’ implicit communication affecting intimacy and sexuality;
  2. Employ techniques of noticing and making contact to present moment experience;
  3. Utilize observer dialog to help partners recognize implicit patterns and how they are present outside of therapeutic hour;
  4. Understand how small, present-moment experiments can help deepen and expand couples’ understanding of communication patterns;
  5. Develop a vocabulary for experiments using the developmental movement patterns;
  6. Explore how experiential exercises with couples can be useful in exploring high-conflict topics and sexuality;
  7. Use psychoeducation to encourage couples to move beyond the narrative and toward a more embodied view of healing.


Jennifer Gardner, LICSW, CST has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and couples to help them feel loved, connected, and empowered in their lives.

Jenn specializes in couples therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, and is an AASECT-certified sex therapist (CST). She is known for supportive, compassionate, nonjudgmental care. Jenn is especially skilled in working with trauma and attachment issues.

**This course meets the educational requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 2.5 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.

The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Integrative Sex Therapy Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

There is no known commercial support for this program.



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