PST offers a clear roadmap both of human sexuality and of how to work with it. The focus is on a clearly boundaried, ethical approach. You will be taught to work with clients of all gender identities, supporting those who have sex and intimacy issues towards a deeper understanding of their own sexuality and helping them integrate it into their lives.

All aspects of the PST Practitioner Training sit within the ethical framework of conventional psychotherapy whilst expanding what is offered in other psychotherapy trainings to work explicitly with sexually and the body in a safe, ethical way.

The focus of the therapy is on client-empowerment. The practitioner acts not as “miracle healer” but as guide, a safe space holder to allow the client to find their own potency within a safe, ethical framework. You will learn tools to support both hands-on treatment as well as a talk-only based approach. Client assessment, contra-indications to treatment, how to develop a treatment plan and identify the client’s core psycho-emotive issues are key to the work, before beginning any treatment.

PST uses a variety of approaches drawn from psychotherapy, including Psychosynthesis, Gestalt, Somatic Trauma Therapy (both Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing and Babette Rothschild’s approach are introduced) and Reichian Body Psychotherapy and Bio-Energetics as well as Energy Psychology and more esoteric traditions such as Taoist and Tantric approaches to sexuality. It also employs soft tissue release techniques from Myofascial Release (MFR) and osteopathy. The model is informed by cutting edge understandings from a neuro-affective relational approach. All of these are covered in this one-year training.

You will understand how the body holds memory, emotion and trauma and how to support clients to connect physical tensions with their underlying emotional issues.

There is no genital work in this course although this course does contain optional nudity.

Training Modules

The main element of the training is attendance at eleven four-day modules. Each module consists of three days of thematic training and a fourth day that is split between personal and group process and skills practice under the supervision of the teaching team. For the three-day thematic component students are invited to step into the role of student practitioner, holding their personal process until the appropriate time when personal material can be processed. This is because as therapists our own issues will get triggered whilst working with clients. We need to learn to hold our own process until the appropriate moment and still be able to work with clients’ issues.

This course is recognised by The Association of Somatic and Integrative Sexologists (ASIS) as offering a training of sufficient depth for Practitioners to be eligible for insurance for their work. See the-asis.org for more details.

Training Module 1: Sex Talk

Teachers: Mike Lousada, Dr. Louise Mazanti
Date: 19 – 23 June 2017 – next course 
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

Learn the power of language in opening a client to the therapeutic process. Understand the qualities of the embodied therapist. Learn contra-indications to treatment and how to spot them and how to take a client’s history so that you know all you need to begin treatment.

Training Module 2: Body Knowledge I

Teachers: Mike Lousada, Michael Mokrus
Date: 14th – 17th Oct 2016
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

Understanding basic neurobiological foundations of our sexual drive and sexual attachment behavior, the anatomical structures, physiological mechanisms, the neuronal and hormonal interplay that creates and regulates the different aspects of our experience of sexuality. Through lectures, presentations, enquiries and mindful somatic exercises we’ll explore how different parts of the brain and nervous system interact with the glandular, organ and muscular system in facilitating arousal/charge and calming/discharge states.

Training Module 3: The Cognitive Approach

Teachers: Mike Lousada, Dr. Louise Mazanti
Date: 25th – 28th Nov 2016
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

Supporting clients to understand their Primal Fears and wounding: understanding fear-based behaviour patterns and how they limit the clients’ experience of sex and intimacy. Learn about
Avoidant Behaviours and how to work through them. This module introduces techniques to keep the client safe when triggered into trauma and uses understanding of cutting edge neuroscience to support your treatment.

Training Module 4: Boundaries & Meeting The Body

Teachers: Dr. Louise Mazanti, Silvestros Mousafirakis
Date: 16th – 19th Dec 2016
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

Empowering the client to understand, communicate and maintain boundaries from a verbal and non-verbal perspective. Focusing on conscious intentional touch you will also learn how to approach a body for treatment. Learn how powerfully tuning in to your own body system informs your client work and how to meet the body from a heart-centred space of connection.

Training Module 5: Body Knowledge II

Teachers: Mike Lousada, Michael Mokrus
Date: 20th – 23th Jan 2017
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

Renewing the enquiry into neurobiological foundations of our sexual drive and sexual attachment behavior, the anatomical structures, physiological mechanisms, the neuronal and hormonal interplay. Introducing ways to support an increasing capacity and resilience in our clients to tolerate and embody meaningful emotional and psychological experiences around sexual and intimacy issues based on the understanding of the functional physio-psychological unit.

Training Module 6: Physical Release

Teacher: Rex Brangwyn
Date: 3rd- 6th Feb 2017
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

Understanding different types of trauma and how to work with them – and when not to. Learn how
emotion and trauma is held in the body and how to identify it. Learn when to clients in releasing it and when to help them manage it without needing to reengage with their trauma or re-traumatise the client.

Training Module 7: Sex & Society

Teachers: Uta Demontis, PhD., Mike Lousada, Angie Fee
Date: 10th – 13th Mar 2017
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

Understand the field of sexology and where PST fits within that realm. We will look at how the myths and messages of society impact our ability to engage in intimacy. You will also explore themes of gender identity and the spectrum of sexual orientation.

Training Module 8: Erotic Mindfulness

Teachers: Mike Lousada, Dr. Louise Mazanti
Date: 14th – 17th Apr 2017
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

In this module we learn how to support the client to get in touch with their own erotic energy and help them to overcome any blocks to allowing this. We will also work with conscious
touch to empower the client in understanding boundaries and consent.

Training Module 9: Physical Release II

Teacher: Rex Brangwyn
Date: 12th – 15th May 2017
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

The module continues the work of addressing the link between physical, emotional and cognitive
tensions and how they appear to be held in the physical body. We will learn how to dialogue with the body in order to listen to its wisdom as well as using our own body’s wisdom to inform our interventions with the client’s body

Training Module 10: Sexual Awakening

Teacher: Rex Brangwyn
Date: 2nd – 5th Jun 2017
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

Learn ways to safely support clients increased awareness of and comfort with their sexuality,
whilst supporting yours and their boundaries. Empower clients to feel their sexual energy
without needing to have direct contact and no genital touch.

Training Module 11: Sexual Integration

Teachers: Mike Lousada, Rex Brangwyn, Dr. Louise Mazanti
Date: 7th – 10th Jul 2017
Venue: Skylight Centre, 49 Corsica St, London N5 1JT

Understand and support the resolution of sexual issues for men and women such
as vaginismus, pre-orgasmia, erectile dysfunction and early ejaculation, from a psychological, physiological and energetic perspective. Integrate the learning from the training with client case studies.

Tuition Fees

The yearlong course is available with or without university accreditation.

Option 1:
Psychosexual Somatics® accredited course: Upon successful completion of all the course requirements the student is granted a certificate in Psychosexual Somatics® Therapy by Anteros Training Limited, the training organisation hosting the training.

Option 2:
University accredited course: PST works in association with Professional Development Foundation to offer the option to complete their Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Psychosexual Somatic Therapy) which is quality assured validated and awarded by Middlesex University. On successful completion and assessment of all the course requirements the student is granted the award by the University. In addition, the student is granted a certificate in Psychosexual Somatics® Therapy by Anteros Training Limited, the training organisation hosting the training.

Either option allows the student to register with ASIS as a Professional Member and gain insurance for their work in PST.

Costs:
Option 1: £5,750
Option 2: £7,750

Either option includes:

  • The eleven training module
  • Three one-to-one tutorials
  • Access to the PST library of academic articles related to the field
  • Group supervision
  • Students will need to pay in addition for their own personal therapy and bodywork sessions.

Payment Options

Option 1: A discounted price of £5,600 is available for those students able to pay upfront (including deposit of £575).
Monthly instalments: An upfront deposit of £575 and nine further payments of £575

Option 2: A discounted price of £7,600 is available for those students able to pay upfront (including deposit of £575).
Monthly instalments: An upfront deposit of £575 and ten further payments of £717.50

In all cases a non-refundable deposit of £575 is required to hold your place on the training.

Bursaries

Anteros is keen to support those students who show promise as exceptional practitioners and is
willing to support them financially in some cases. Therefore, some limited bursaries are available for prospective students. To apply please complete the application form available at www.psychosexualsomatics.com and email to enrolment@psychosexualsomatics.com explaining why you believe you should be offered a reduced rate for the training.

Application

To apply to join this unique training, please email: enrolment@psychosexualsomatics.com
Or call 07739 260 600 to discuss any details of the training with Mike Lousada.

FAQs

The training will be taught by pairs of teachers: Mike Lousada & Louise Mazanti, PhD and Rex Brangwyn & Lorna de Wolff. Both Mike & Rex will be present for most modules. Mike is founder of PST and Rex is an experienced osteopath and practitioner in somatic sexology.

Additional faculty will be responsible for individual modules, each one an expert in their field. The space is also supported a two assistants, one male, one female to offer extra support for the group. There may be trainee teachers also present in the space, learning from the teaching process. The faculty of eight teachers represents some of the best teachers in each subject in Europe.

As soon as you enroll for the PST Practitioner Training with us, we will share with you reading lists. One (shorter) list is required reading (one book per module) and the other is a broader list of books which we recommend to support you on this path.

The course is a serious commitment and we ask that students engage as fully as possible in the processes involved, both during training modules and beyond. The core of the course is a series of four-day training modules. In addition to this home assignments, reading and other coursework may take around 10-15 hours a month. In addition there are two major written submissions: an essay and a case study, one due mid course, the other due at the end of the training.

Our aim is to support you to finish the training successfully. There are deadlines for home assignments, but we offer plenty of flexibility. If a student is struggling with handing in the coursework on time, we have found that by discussing their situation with their tutor we are usually able to find a way through which works for both student and the training.

Not all the coursework needs to be completed before the end of the training modules. After the course ends we give an additional period of 6 months to complete all assignments. If students need further time, a discussion with their tutor normally helps us all reach agreement on what is realistic for the student. We want to support you so that we can certify you once you’ve finished the training.

The focus of the course is experiential so there is plenty of opportunity to observe and practice bodywork. The fourth day of each training module is partially dedicated to skills practice sessions where you will have the opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt during the module. The emphasis here is on doing – experiencing is learning, everything else is just “knowledge”. If on the other hand, you are an experienced bodywork, don’t worry. Due to the innovative way in which we approach this work, even these students find the anatomy and physiology days powerful learning experiences.

Don’t worry, even experienced therapists usually need support in talking about sexual issues. From the first module we will support you with basic counselling skills that you will build up as the course progresses. You will also learn how to ask clients questions about their intimate sexual lives with confidence and respect for the client.

No. Everything in the training is optional. Of course, the more you engage with the processes, the more we feel you will get out of them, but if something really doesn’t feel right for you, you can simply observe. We suggest that you stay in the room during practice sessions, but saying No is an important part of putting boundaries in place and can be an empowering experience – and this work is all about empowerment.

The main PST Practitioner Training does not include any genital touch work, either clothed or unclothed. This is only introduced in Post-Qualification modules for those who wish to continue learning more about this branch of the work once they have qualified.

Yes. We already have several practicing psychotherapists amongst the graduated students. Since the PST Practitioner Training Programme does not include any genital touch and we do not work using intimate touch when working with client’s sexuality, the practice remains within conventional ethical guidelines for psychotherapists.

Practice is an essential part of the training. Practicums both during the training modules and outside it are key to becoming a successful practitioner. Students often practice on one another and former students and individuals within the community are also often willing to act as “clients” for practice sessions. Part of the fourth day of each module is taken up with an opportunity for skills practice.

Whilst full attendance will serve you best, we recognise that sometimes life gets in the way. If for some reason you miss an entire module, there is usually the opportunity to make up the content with either one-to-one sessions, or to come back the following year to attend. Extra costs may be incurred in either of these cases. Our aim is to video the teaching component of each module so that students can refer to it subsequently. If training days are missed, it is essential that student’s undertake to make up the missing elements of their training.

We welcome back former students. If you have missed a module or simply want to repeat it you can attend again the following year. Again, additional costs may be incurred.

By having students from different years meet, it helps to create community around this work, which is something else PST is keen to support.

We want to support your journey towards becoming a safe, competent practitioner and we offer a range of different support mechanisms outside of the training modules. Each student is assigned a personal tutor. Students have the opportunity for three one-hour tutorials during the year.

The main support for students are the online forums which allow students to support one another during their training process. Students are required to submit written practice session write-ups after each module onto the forum and read each other’s submissions and reflect on them. Through this interactive process, students learn from one another’s efforts and reinforce their own progress through reflective learning.

In addition, students are required to be in monthly therapy with a recognised counsellor or psychotherapist. Work between student and therapist is confidential and is in place to offer a space for students to further process emotional and psychological material which arises throughout the course.

Yes, many who have gone through the training are passionate about PST and about supporting it to grow. Former students are often willing to spend time supporting new students and offering them guidance before they sign up to the training.

The emphasis of the course is experiential. Although it is designed as a professional training we believe that the best way to become a competent therapist is to have worked through your own psychological material. The course is designed to give students a felt experience of working with their sexuality as well as offering a cognitive framework upon which to hang their experience.

Each module you will need to practice the technique at least three times and write up your experience. The practice sessions write-ups are then submitted onto the online forum where both a tutor and fellow students will be required to read them and comment on them.

In addition to the practice session write-ups, students are required to submit one 2,500 word essay which is a reflection on their personal growth throughout the training. This essay lets you consider what you have learnt from the training and helps you explore your motivations for engaging with the field of sexuality as your chosen area.

The final submission for qualification is another 3,500 word case study. Here you will have a chance to describe a specific client with whom you have worked and note the progress of the work, reflecting on your own process as well as the client’s.

The focus in the PST Invitation Course is very much on both experiential and personal process work. Whilst you will be introduced to some foundational aspects of the PST model, the emphasis is very much on looking at your own relationship with sexuality. After joining the PST Practitioner Training the focus shifts towards training you to become a Certified PST Practitioner. A broader intellectual framework is offered and opportunities for skills practice are built in to each module. At this stage of the programme students are invited to hold their own personal process which may arise during the module until the appropriate time during the module. Since we are aware that on such an intense journey it is inevitable that your own psychological material will surface, there is a separate space to process your personal growth points in each module. Students are also required to be in conventional psychotherapy during the PST Practitioner Training Course to ensure they have sufficient support and to help them process their own personal material that arises during the course.

The best way to learn is to experience. Becoming a client is an excellent way to give you a sense of how your client may feel when they come to see you once you are a practitioner. We require students to have at least two personal bodywork sessions with an approved practitioner and encourage you to have as much bodywork as you need to ensure your own issues are at least in your awareness.

We also require students to be in their own personal psychotherapy or counselling during the training to support their growth and ensure they feel fully supported. We have a number of qualified counsellors who understand the nature of the bodywork we do and who support this.

PST has had students travelling in from many European countries and even from the US each month for the training. We have a good support network of people in London who are willing to help students with accommodation. Some are former students, others are those who wish to support the training. All are sympathetic to the work we do and offer a safe, friendly environment for students to stay whilst they study with us.

A number of payment options are available for the course and if you want to undertake the training, we want to find a way to support you to do so. PST is committed to supporting the growth and development of this work through building an exceptional body of students and certified practitioners. If you think you would struggle to pay the course costs, there are a small number of bursaries available to students who we judge are best suited to help grow the field of PST in the future. If you feel that you may need financial support please contact Mike to discuss options.