Melissa Fritchle, LMFT

Holistic Psychotherapy in Santa Cruz

Trauma-Informed Sex Positive Therapy Certification Program

Trauma-Informed Sex Positive Therapy Certification Program 

Next Cohort Starts January 2020! 

I believe we can do better for our clients, and our communities, with a foundation of informed, inclusive, holistic approaches to sexual health. Providing therapy that truly addresses both the wounds of sexuality and the pleasures in an incredibly, beautifully diverse world. This intensive training will bridge the gap between fields of trauma work and sex-positive approaches so that you be prepared to value the role sex plays in your unique client’s lives and to effectively, compassionately support them in creating change and healing. Join us for this 6 month certification training for mental health professionals.  Provides 50 Nationally Recognized CEs for LMFT, LPCC, & LCSW through co-sponsor Commonwealth Educational Seminars - pending approval of 2020 program. 

Learning Objectives :

Recognize and honor multi-directional influences on clients’ sexual issues and sexual health

Utilize the Holistic Client-Focused Assessment Model for Sexual Health

Establish current understanding of trauma, PTSD, and effective treatments & how they relate to the spectrum of sexual diversity

Increase critical thinking skills in regards to trends and controversies related to sex and how they affect clients

Gain skills to support clients in working towards a goal of sexual pleasure and satisfaction as a part of healing from trauma or other diagnosis

Recognize attachment patterns & how they can affect the therapeutic relationship

Identify 4 factors in assessment for out of control sexual behaviors & how they intersect with trauma responses

Demonstrate current understanding of common sexual pain diagnoses

Adapt mindfulness-based interventions to clients’ needs for regulation

2020 Retreat Dates : Jan 17-21 & July 11-14

 Retreat One  

  Holistic Understandings of & Poly Vagal Theory

  Holistic Client-Focused Sexual Health Assessment

  Intersectionality of trauma

  Sexual Identity Development Models & Sexual Rights

 Trauma Recovery Work : Phases of Work with Sexual Skill Building

 Re-owning trauma vs re-traumatizing in Intense Sexual Play

  Retreat Two 

  Attachment & Therapeutic Relationship Dynamics

  Treating Compulsivity & Out of Control Sexual Behaviors

  Sexual Pain Disorders & Effective Treatment

Supporting Body Diversity & Inclusivity

Self Care & Vicarious Trauma 



Open to licensed and pre-licensed (with interview) mental health professionals. Coaches with Sex Coaching background are welcome

All weekends to be held in Santa Cruz, CA at Best Western Capitola-By-The-Sea Inn & Suites. Room discount available for attendees

Cost for full certification : $1800   

Program includes : 50 hours in person training with CEs, 5 monthly phone meetings with case consultation (times to be decided by group), one private consult call with Melissa Fritchle, certificate upon completion

We seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and the training facility is handicap accessible. To request accommodations for special needs or to report or address grievances, please email and we will, to the best of our ability, take corrective action in order to prevent further problems

Email Melissa if you are interested in getting on the list for the 2020 training