Gina Ogden, PhD, LMFT, has developed the Four-Dimensional Wheel approach over four decades of sex therapy practice and has supervised and encouraged numerous health professionals, including all of the current 4-D Wheel Practitioners. She is author of the books that define the Four-Dimensional Wheel approach and of the only national survey to investigate sexuality and spirituality.
She is also a shamanic practitioner who has incorporated ceremonial principles into the 4-D Wheel core dynamics, to help clients and practitioners access subtle dimensions of sexual experience. Gina is recipient of the 2013 AASECT award for Professional Excellence, and of the 2014 AASECT Book award, for Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy.
Kamara McAndrews, MA, LMFT, is a gifted 4-D Wheel Practitioner and Supervisor who has co-led Four-Dimensional Wheel trainings and retreats with Gina at Esalen Institute since 2011. She incorporates many modalities into her 4-D Wheel therapy and supervision, including Mindfulness, Sensate Focus, Gestalt, Family Systems, Imago dialog, Cognitive Behavioral therapy and various approaches to differentiation. Kamara is also a belly dancer and belly dance instructor—skilled in reading body language and helping clients and supervisees become aware of how the physical quadrant relates to emotional, mental, and spiritual dimensions.
Tina Nevin is a registered nurse-midwife, certified sex counselor and educator, and sexologist at a cancer rehabilitation team in Sweden. She co-leads 4-D Wheel trainings in Mexico with Gina. Tina has worked with sexual health and rights issues in Sweden and Africa and has lived and studied in Canada, where she became part of a First Nation family in Nova Scotia. When encountering the Wheel for the first time, she saw the similarity to the traditional ways of the Medicine Wheel, and found ways to bring the 4-D Wheel into her work. She is author of Pussypedia, What Every Woman Needs to Know about her Genitals, and has generously donated a copy for download from the RSN website.
Kristin Hodson, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in Salt Lake City. She teaches Human Sexuality in Clinical Practice at the University of Utah in the Master of Social Work Program. She integrates the Four-Dimensional Wheel approach with a traditional textbook, giving a multidimensional lens to common issues and concerns within human sexuality. She feels passionate that her students receive education around sexual concerns other than a medical model or a DSM pathology approach. She offers her students 4-D Wheel tools for awareness and for concretizing abstract and complex issues for both clients and therapists. She assigns weekly readings from Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy, having students think about topics from the four quadrants of mind, body, heart, and spirit, and holds a final 4-D Wheel lab class at the end of the semester.www.kristinbhodson.com
Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and associate professor of sexuality and medical family therapy in the graduate Family Therapy Department at Seattle Pacific University. There are few people who hold her particular unique combination of gifts as a clinical sexologist, family therapist, speaker/blogger/author and Christian. Her passion, which she shares on the national and international stage, is to lean into the gift of our sexuality and spirituality. Her career is built on helping relationships thrive in a context where people see themselves and each other as beloved and allow themselves to heal from sexual shame. Tina is grateful for her collaboration with Gina and the spiritual intimacy wisdom of the Expanding Sex Therapy model. For women and couples the 4-D Wheelwheel plays a key role in the healing journey out of sexual shame and into sexual freedom. Tina lives in Seattle with her beloved Gary, where they have four grown kids, four grand-puppies and a Westfalia named Lola.
Chelsea Wakefield PhD, LCSW is a Jungian oriented psychotherapist, dream worker, workshop and retreat leader who works with individuals, couples and groups. She has spent twenty years facilitating people in moving beyond the wounds of the past, accessing their archetypal potential and living more vibrant and meaningful lives. Chelsea draws from a depth of training in clinical and transpersonal methods and helps people integrate the insights of personal work into daily living. She has a passion for supporting women in developing their luminous potential.
“When I met Gina Ogden in 2009, I felt an immediate spiritual connection and philosophical alignment about what makes for “great sex.” Sexuality is about meaning, pleasure and connection rather than functioning body parts, penetrative intercourse, or counting and measuring orgasms. We both do work that is narrative in nature, highly experiential and transformational. After meeting Gina and learning about her model, I immediately incorporated it in the Dialogue work I was doing in sex therapy. I use a simple four card Wheel in my office to help clients experience movement, unpack hidden cognitive and historical material, transcend stuck stories and deepen their process of sexual Self-discovery.”
“After attending my first Four-Dimensional Wheel weekend, I also incorporated the 4-D Wheel altar into my Luminous Woman Weekend, laying out the four-quadrant altar in the center with four quadrants to represent the “umbrella” archetypes of the feminine articulated by Toni Wolff – mother, warrior, lover and mystic. These correspond beautifully to heart, mind, body, and spirit (see attached photo). I leave the center open so that women can step into it and experience all four quadrants at once. I also invite participants to bring symbolic objects, one to represent something they wanted to release and another to represent something they wanted to claim and live into. While the model is wonderfully effective in unpacking and transforming sexual stories, it can be used in discerning or improving integration in any question about life. I am also teacher at the Haden Institute, a Jungian oriented spiritual direction program. Two years ago I adapted the 4-D Wheel handout for the discernment and spiritual integration process I teach, showing Spiritual Guides/Directors how having clients walk the Wheel can quickly reveal images, metaphors, cognitive frames, memories, etc. that may not be unearthed in any other way.” www.chelseawakefield.com
Elliott Kronenfeld, LICSW, MS is a certified sex therapist and the founder of Insight Psychotherapy – a comprehensive practice that works with people from across the lifespan. Elliott received a Master of Clinical Social Work and a Master of Communication from Simmons College. He is a certified trainer in Strength Deployment. Elliott specializes in infidelity, fertility, gestational surrogacy, gay men coming out of straight marriages, and increasing intimate communication in couples. Elliott also created the course on human sexuality at Wheelock College in Boston. Elliott can often be found speaking at regional, national and international events on the topics of sexuality, fertility and marriage. He is a member of AASECT, ASRM and NASW. Visit Elliott at www.insightbrookline.com.
Yara Perez, LCPC, EMP. “My work as a psychotherapist and counselor has been Holistic and integrative by nature, blending mind, body awareness, Cognitive behavioral skills, Psychodynamic insight, and spiritual connection (whenever appropriate). My foundation is grounded in traditional and psychodynamic psychotherapy and is greatly influenced by eastern traditions. I use a variety of interventions and styles of counseling suiting the clients preferences and needs, such as, but not limited to, expressive arts therapy, play therapy, and experiential psychotherapy.”
Jacqueline Mendez, MA, LMFT, has been on a path of service, inspiring women and men to break free from their old stories, open up to their innate gifts, and step into their full potential. Jacqueline specializations include:
• helping women tap into their deepest wisdom, enabling them to harness their own transformational power to embody aliveness
• helping men to unleash their hero, and be more effective and whole in every aspect of their lives.
Jacqueline lovingly guides others from all walks of life to transform the pain of the past into a powerful and beautiful present and an extraordinary, inspiring future. www.jacquelinemendez.com
Lyndsey Jernigan, Ph.D, M.A. is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in South Burlington, Vermont. She completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She has training in intuitive awareness and healing, which allows for deep, rapid change towards a state of natural health and well-being. She is a member of the 4-D Wheel network, an international group of clinicians trained in Dr. Gina Ogden’s ground breaking and award winning model of holistic and integrative sex therapy.
Her practice is located at Eastern View Integrative Medicine, where, together with an inter-disciplinary team of colleagues, she co-founded Eastern View Mental Health: A Center for Authentic Development. “I do my best to balance my work life with my own journey for authenticity, and a rich and raucous family life with my husband and two daughters in central Vermont.”
“Being our most authentic selves is the greatest gift and the most compassionate act we can offer in this life. I have developed a model for transformational change based on these convictions, and I call it Compassionate Authenticity.” www.drlindsayjernigan.com
Dr. Keesha Ewers, PhD, ARNP is a Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) with a specialty in primary care or family practice (FNP), has a Master’s degree in Ayurveda, is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, and has a doctorate in sexology with an emphasis on hormones and female sexual desire disorders. She practices psychotherapy using her certifications in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), advanced clinical hypnotherapy, and the enneagram, as well as mentorship from Dr. Gina Ogden and workshops for professional psychotherapists with Dr.s David Schnarch and Ruth Morehouse. Dr. Keesha’s interest in world healing traditions and how they work with energy led her to certify as a yoga teacher, become a certified Reiki Master and Karuna Reiki Master with William Rand, certify as an Angel Therapist and medium with Doreen Virtue, and train with Shamans from Peru and Australia. She feels each life experience and teacher has added richness, clarity and new dimensions to diagnosing and treating dis-ease and sees her role in the world as that of bridging, empowering and transforming. www.fernlifecenter.com
Patti Britton, PhD, MPH is a nationally board-certified Clinical Sexologist in Los Angeles and author of The Art of Sex Coaching, the book that defines the discipline of sex coaching. She is co-director of Sex Coach University; Past-President of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT); Clinical Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Sexologists; Diplomate, American Board of Sexology; AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator; Lifetime Member, American College of Sexologists; Member, Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality; Associate Professor of Sexology for the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality; and Adjunct Faculty at the Chicago School (TCS) of Professional Psychology in Southern California. Learn More About Patti
Debra Wickman, MD, MS, FACOG, is a gynecologist certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed medical school and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. After several years of private practice in obstetrics and gynecology, she completed a postgraduate fellow ship in Female Sexual Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Wickman is a NAMS-certified menopause practitioner. She is a member of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), and the American Society of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She is Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for LELO/Intimina. Dr. wick man is an expert in sexual health and menopause wellness for women. She works with women of all ages and backgrounds to focus on intimate education, body image, and physiologic function. She is proficient in the evaluation and improvement of sexual health for women to help them achieve optimal wellness and satisfaction.
Dr. Wickman conducts community workshops dealing with sexual health, as well as professional trainings for the medical community. Her work and perspective have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, and Everyday Health magazines, as well as websites such as SheKnows.com and Health2fit.com. Dr. Wickman’s model of diagnosis and treatment incorporates programs that uniquely educate, empower, and encourage personal growth, sexual discovery and healing for women. The programs look beyond a singular medical, pharmaceutical, or behavioral therapy, and instead integrate all approaches from a mind-body perspective. Central to her model is the 4-D Wheel approach, using her training as a gynecologist to link the physical aspect of healing with the mental, emotional and spiritual facets to treat the whole sexual being.
Pamela Fawcett Pressman, M.Ed., LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Director of The Women’s Program at Pressman and Associates. She spent fifteen years on staff at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry as a research coordinator, therapist and diagnostician, as well as two years with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In addition, she has maintained a private practice since 1989.
Her particular interest lies in understanding how our belief systems influence and impact upon medical and psychological challenges. She believes all women can be supported in finding their true inner strength and wisdom in order to navigate life’s challenges and live a more fulfilling life.
Professional Memberships: American Counseling Assoc (ACA), Amer Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (ASSECT), Amer Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) , Resolve.www.pressmanandassociates.com
Alex Milspaw PhD, LPG is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania. She received her Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology and Human Services from Lehigh University. Alex received her PhD in the clinical practice of Human Sexuality from Widener University. Alex is a Certified Master NLP Practitioner, Certified Consulting Hypnotist and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Trainer and Consultant. She specializes in relaxation and stress management as well as chronic pelvic pain. Alex is a professional presenter for sexuality and reproductive health education for local colleges, community agencies, and national conferences. She also works with patients suffering from chronic pelvic and sexual pain in an effort to reduce pain and associated emotional and psychological stressors. She was the Executive Director of the Institute for Women In Pain from 2011-2013 – a group of independent, like-minded health care practitioners who are available for consultation for women seeking help for a variety of chronic pain disorders. Alex is a co-founder of the Alliance for Pelvic Pain (www.allianceforpelvicpain.com) and co-facilitates the Pelvic Messenger blogtalk radio.www.alexandramilspaw.com
Kristin Areglado Hurley, LCPC “I work primarily with families and couples, but also see adults individually. I have extensive experience in home-based family therapy, have worked as a family therapy clinical supervisor, and have taught workshops in Structural Family Therapy and Couples Counseling at the Sweetser Training Institute in Saco, ME.
I have attended workshops with David Schnarch, PhD and Ruth Morehouse, PhD and draw heavily from their Sexual Crucible approach with couples (see www.passionatemarriage.com for more information). I have training and experience in a variety of areas including family and relationship issues, parenting, diversity issues, sexuality, infidelity / extramarital affairs, life transitions, and adjustment to life stressors. I have also worked as a secondary school counselor for six years, a college admissions counselor for four years, and have extensive experience working with adolescents and their families.
I am currently working toward becoming a Certified Sexuality Therapist through AASECT.”
Ginger Holczer, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and AASECT certified sex therapist with a vibrant practice in Springfield, Missouri. Although therapy and working with clients is first and foremost, she also supervises students, facilitates 4-D Wheel groups, and educates through speaking engagements in her community. She is the Program Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and assistant professor at the School for Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, and an adjunct instructor at Drury University, teaching several courses throughout the year. She is co-author of Finding and Revealing Your Sexual Self and she contributed to p. 168 – 162 of Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy.www.growyourpath.com.
“Ogden’s notion of working in a wholistic way with the client is brilliant–giving the therapist another option to sitting across the room from each other and talking for months, or even years on end. This innovative approach allows the client to tell their unique story from the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical realms, while the therapist creates an environment of presence and safety–acting as a witness and a guide. Ogden’s practice of sex therapy is based on her national sex survey, which found that sexuality for women was much more than a physical experience. Her research showed that sexuality is multi-dimensional and has magnificent depth, that can, and must be explored. This experiential way of doing therapy can be used as an organizing principle in therapeutic work with individuals, couples and groups.”
Claudia Thompson, LMFT-S, LPC-S works in Private Practice in Austin, Texas with couples and individuals challenged by sexual problems or dissatisfaction. Her clients often get stuck in one part of their sexual experience, such as not being able to “perform” up to expectations…or feeling highly anxious about sexual interactions. Seeking to understand and balance the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of individual and couple sexuality can be a healing and connecting process, which Claudia illustrates to clients using The 4-D Wheel Model. As a Clinical Supervisor, she integrates the Four Dimensional Wheel Model into supervisees’ training. Claudia Thompson is licensed in Texas as a Marriage & Family Therapist and a Professional Counselor and credentialed as a Clinical Supervisor in both licenses. She is a Certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, & Therapists, www.aasect.org, and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals,www.iitap.com. Claudia trained In Counseling Psychology at Texas Women’s University and also holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. Claudia’s sex therapy training was supervised by Dr. Gina Ogden, creator of the 4-D Wheel Model of Sexuality. Learn more about Claudia atwww.enhancingintimacy.com.
Patricia Moore, PsyD.: “My work is not exclusive to issues of sexuality and intimacy but this is an area of specialized training and expertise. I draw from several years of study with Suki Hanfling LICSW, AASECT, Director of the Institute of Sexuality and Intimacy. I also draw from study with Gina Ogden Ph.D;LMFT, author and creator of the 4-D Wheel Approach to Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality.
Another area, close to my heart is assisting people to grieve losses, be that from childhood or from adult experiences. In this area I have found the practice of meditation; staffing Opening the Heart workshops and studying the work of Thich Nhat Hahn most helpful.” www.drtrishamoore.com
Isa Jones, LAMFT is a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Sexologist. She specializes in improving couples communication, healing emotional injuries, enhancing intimacy and increasing erotic desire. By providing a safe, confidential and accepting space, Isa helps clients feel comfortable discussing difficult challenges. Her empathy and creativity inspires hope and new possibilities for couples who feel stuck or discouraged.
Isa has received extensive, specialized training related to Couples Intimacy, Clinical Sexology and Sexuality. Additionally she has completed two externships in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). She is a member of several leading organizations including: The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, The Arizona Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, The Society for Sex Therapy and Research, The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health. Learn more about Isa.
Sherri Aikin, MSN, FNP-BC is a Fellow of Integrative Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Sex Counselor, Mindfulness Facilitator, Life Coachand an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Her unique synthesis of degrees and certifications provide an expertise in the field of mind-body wellness. She specializes in sexuality, hormonal balance, nutrition, mindfulness, prevention and promotion of overall health and well-being, affirming the beauty and vitality of a whole and complete life for her clients.
EveLynn Maurine founded The Awakening Body, a unique Sensual Healing practice in the Atlanta, Georgia area in the late 90’s. In August of 2006 she expanded her practice and moved her focus to the Tampa Bay area in Florida. She is now located to the Orlando/Kissimmee area of Central Florida and remains available to Tampa Bay and Gulf Coast visitors.
EveLynn has completed the Certified Sexological Bodyworker program developed and taught by Dr. Joseph Kramer. This certification is the first of its kind to be recognized in California as a valid therapeutic modality. She is currently completing a doctoral program in holistic life coaching. www.awakeningbody.com
Maureen Ryan, PhD. is the director of the Mind-Body Connection for Adult Health NP in Amherst, New York. The healing touch that flows from her spirit does so with a gentleness that enlightens, supports and guides those committed to improving and growing in their intimate relationship. Although she is admired as a workshop instructor, a national speaker, and author, Maureen’s greatest joy is in collaborating with individuals, couples and groups to create enhanced intimacy, connection and love in their lives. In an age marked by superficiality and facade, Maureen Ryan’s work resonates with an uncanny understanding of that which is most important to the human condition – love and belonging.
Chief among the characteristics that make Maureen Ryan so successful at what she does is a lifetime of experience and service as a nurse and the abundance of tools she has at her disposal as a clinician. After spending over a decade as a Registered Nurse in critical care, intensive care units at Millard Fillmore and in the transplant ICU at the Texas Heart Institute, Maureen went on to a graduate program in nursing at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Nursing Science in 1990 and is now dual licensed as both an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Maureen continued her education and earned her certification as a sex therapist from the prestigious Florida Sex Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. In 2012 Maureen completed a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Daemen College and has earned national accolades for her pioneer work in relationships, sex therapy and in developing her own path to intimacy model. Most recently, Maureen became a certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches, an institution accredited by the American College of Sports Medicine. From running 26-mile marathons to being a certified yoga instructor, this Renaissance woman passionately pursues life with an ambition and vigor that is matched only by her dedication to those she serves. http://mbcah.com
Deb Azorsky, MA, LPC, Adjunct Faculty at Naropa University, Founder of Boulder Center for Sexual Health. Deb has taught the graduate course in Human Sexuality in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology Program at Naropa University for the last decade. Every year she teaches the students about the 4-D Wheel as a Transpersonal modality for working with sexuality. Students are so grateful for a model of working with sex and sexuality that allows for a more expanded view of sexuality and particularly the role of spirituality in the Four-Dimensional Wheel process. In addition, Deb has started to lead 4-D Wheel trainings for the Boulder community. The first was for a group of women in a partners of sex addicts group, the second with the Intensive Learning Community, a sub-set of the Boulder Center for Conscious Community. Both groups were deep and alive with the women’s opportunity to explore their sexuality and relationship to sex through a transpersonal lens. www.couplestherapistboulder.com
Shannon Chavez, PsyD, M.A., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and AASECT Certified Sex therapist specializing in the treatment of sexual disorders, sex education for conservative religious and cultural groups, sexual trauma and abuse, and compulsive behaviors surrounding love, romance, and sex. She has written a guide for clinicians on the treatment of love addiction through the use of attachment-oriented psychodynamic therapy.
Dr. Chavez earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at The Institute for Sexual Health in Beverly Hills, California treating sex addiction-compulsivity and sexual dysfunction. She is an active member of the International Society for the Scientific Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and the American Psychological Association (APA).
Dr. Chavez uses a mind-body approach to address both psychological and physical concerns related to sexual functioning and health. Her passion is to break down the taboos around sexuality and help individuals and couples become more sexually empowered and informed. www.drshannonchavez.com
Linda Savage, Ph.D, is an author, professional speaker, licensed psychologist and sex therapist who has been exploring the mysteries of sexual healing for over 25 years. She is an AASECT Certified Sex Educator, a Diplomate of The American Board of Sexology and a member of The Institute of Marital and Sexual Therapy. Dr. Savage specializes in working with couples on a variety of sexual issues. She teaches at National University and lives in California with her family. www.goddesstherapy.com
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