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The Embodiment of Female Sexuality through Erotic Movement -- a CHS lecture with Claire Sterrett

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Center for Healthy Sex presents a lecture by Claire Sterrett, MSW: "The Embodiment of Female Sexuality through Erotic Movement" "The Sex Experts" is a monthly professional lectures series for sex therapists and specialists to workshop and refine new material that they've been working with in an informal setting before their peers. Any particular statements expressed herein represent the views of the presenter(s) only, but not necessarily the perspective of Center for Healthy Sex (CHS). With this lecture series, CHS intends to explore important issues and encourage conversation within the therapeutic community, as well as provide a platform to emerging voices. Lecture Description: Marginalization of the body is one of the inevitable by-products of living in a society that both glorifies and condemns the freedom of sexual expression. Female sexuality in particular has suffered from this type of cultural oppression. And yet, a healthy, embodied connection to one's sexual self is an essential part of psychological well-being. In this lecture participants will have the opportunity to explore how dance movement and embodiment have the potential to deepen a woman's connection to her sensual, sexual self, increase self-esteem and desire, and assist in setting healthy boundaries. Discussion will include: 1. A neurobiological overview of how dance can be a medium through which to explore embodiment and sexuality. 2. A look at the cultural norms surrounding female sexuality including the Madonna-Whore Dichotomy. 3. Teaching patients and clients mindful, somatic-based interventions for increasing sensual pleasure and joy which can lead to healthier sexual choices. Presenter Bio: Claire Sterrett, MSW has been working in the field of mind-body health for 8 years. Her background is in Somatic Psychology with a focus on trauma, sexual health, dance, and massage therapy. Claire weaves her extensive education together to create a nurturing environment for her clients with a focus on creative expression through movement, cognitive-behavioral interventions and mindfulness-based practices. Claire earned her Masters in Social Work in 2014 from the University of Southern California with a focus on Health and a subspecialty in Military Culture. Her family has a long history of military service and she is dedicated to serving those who served. Prior to getting her MSW, Claire completed an MA in Somatic Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute in 2008. Her thesis for her MA examined the embodiment of female sexuality through erotic dance. She is also certified in EMDR, an evidence-based somatic intervention for trauma survivors. Claire currently works as a group support facilitator for the Dean Ornish Heart Reversal Program at UCLA, which focuses on mind-body interventions for chronic heart disease patients. She is an intern at Inclusivity Counseling Center Services (ICCS), an agency run by two VA psychologists who focus on sexual health for people with disabilities, where she provides individual psychotherapy for adults. She also works as a medical social worker at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, CA. It is her goal to continue to work in multiple areas of health and healing with an emphasis on dance, trauma, movement and sexuality. For more information, visit: http://polestory.com/about-the-author/ Center for Healthy Sex (CHS) is a community therapy center in Los Angeles that specializes in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, sexual anorexia, porn addiction, sex addiction, and love addiction. Clients participate in the diverse programs, online courses and social services offered at Center for Healthy Sex - ranging from weekly support groups, couples sex therapy, and the 11-day Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) to online classes, free lectures and podcasts. Center for Healthy Sex was co-founded by Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST-S, CSAT-S, and Douglas Evans in 2005. Their stated mission is to offer men, women, and...