Jul 252011
 

Surprisingly, sex education is a fairly thankless job. While there is often the bonus of fun work which I am passionate about, and the occasional free sex toys to test and review, overall, there is a lot of drama. You have to promote yourself constantly to get bookings, you usually have to work a full time just that is not connected to sexuality, or if it is, usually not the side that you’re passionate about. You have to deal with people (friends, family, co-workers and strangers) judging your choice of work, as well as treating you as a free sex therapist all the time. You have to have epic debates about whether to use your real name, give out your real phone number, etc, because of the fear of being unemployable in the future, or having stalkers…well, stalk you. It is not a job that makes much money (really), and it’s one that involves a constant fight for sex positivity in various environments, from the government funding Planned Parenthood to inclusion of gender in employment non-discrimination acts, to fighting for/with folks with disabilities to be allowed to embrace their own sexuality, to removing laws that make owning/buying sex toys illegal in certain states.

It is not easy, and there are days when I sometimes wish I had maybe chosen another route.

And then, you are reminded in a heart beat of why you do what you do.

Last week, I taught my final class (of pre-booked ones) at Fascinations. If they’d like to have me again, I’d be happy to do so, but this was my last planned one. The room was PACKED, standing room only (60+ people) for a class on cunnilingus, which is not frequently a sell-out subject. People were involved, asked questions, answered my questions, and were a truly wonderful group to teach to for 90 minutes. Afterwards, not one, not two, but over a dozen people came up to me, telling me how much I had positively affected my life. One woman was at a class for the first time, and cried, telling me she was so glad to have gotten to hear me speak at least once. Another women cried, telling me that over the last year or more, I had changed her life so incredibly, taking scary subjects of sexuality and helping her confront them, learn about them, and embrace them. Another group of 20 somethings (and a woman who had just turned 18, and was visiting a toy store for the first time) told me how much they’d learned from me, how comfortable they felt with their bodies and their sexualities, and how much they missed me. They all wanted to know when I’d be back, and they all hugged me.

THAT is why I do what I do. My goal in every class is for each person to learn 1 little thing that is new. One. This class, *I* learned how much my education has helped others truly embrace who they are, and have a more positive experience with sexuality. I could not ask for anything more than to have had such a positive effect in so many people’s lives, particularly in a state/area where sex is rarely discussed with a positive and pleasure centric bent.

It can often be a thankless job, but the occasionaly “Thank yous” that I get from people who have attended my classes, read my writing, watched my videos, or had counseling sessions with me? That is better than any easy 9-5 job, better than any big paycheck (though that would be nice too), and totally makes me reinvigorate my passion for this field. And to you all, I say thank you!

-Shanna

Jun 282011
 

Hey Folks!

I’ll be in Philadelphia and New Jersey June 30th – July 5th, and have some open slots for one on one, two on one, three on one, etc sex coaching and counseling sessions, as well as invididual or group classes and workshops. Go ahead and contact me to let me know if you’d be interested in booking me while I’m on the East Coast, and we’ll get everything set up. Both counseling/coaching and workshops are always on a sliding scale to be as accessible for everyone as humanly possible!

-Shanna

Apr 302011
 

Hey all!

I’m working on the finishing touches to my office, so I’ll soon be able to see sex coaching and relationship counseling clients in my own space (as well as in YOUR space, depending on what makes you and/or your partner/s more comfortable). This office is located in Capitol Hill (central Denver), has plenty of parking, and is handicap accessible with a wheel chair ramp. The office should be completed by May 15th, and I’m taking bookings now, in the late afternoons, evenings and weekends. As always, my sex coaching and relationship counseling is on a sliding scale, to be as accessible as possible, and is queer/LGBTQIAA, kink and poly friendly. I’m also still offering sessions in your own home, as well as via Skype for those not in Colorado, or who have busy schedules, etc.

Drop me a line if you’re interested in setting up a session (on your own, with your partner/s, etc) and we’ll get going on optimizing your relationship(s) and/or sexuality.

-Shanna