Past speakers of Learn to Love:




Dossie Easton has been a pioneer in the world of alternative sexuality since the 60’s and continues to be one of the foremost experts in the field of polyamory and SM. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Francisco, where she has a thriving private practice. Dossie also travels throughout the country lecturing and holding workshops. She is the author of many books, including The Ethical Slut, and Radical Ecstasy: SM journeys to Transcendence. More information can be found at her website, DossieEaston.com.


Dr. Beth Gadomski is a licensed clinical psychologist offering therapy to adult individuals, couples, and partners in Oakland and San Francisco, California. In addition to specializing in depression, anxiety, grief/loss, identity integration, and self-esteem, other areas of expertise include working with subcultural identities and alternative sexualities, including non-monogamy, polyamory, BDSM, and kink. More about her practice and background can be found at www.integrativecounseling.com.



Eileen Chao, CSB is a somatic sex, intimacy and kink coach working with individuals and couples to gain sexual intelligence and erotic proficiency. She specializes in overcoming anxiety, working through shame, sexual difficulties/dysfunctions, erotic and pleasure skills building, effective communication, navigating open and poly relationships, how to experience greater pleasure, and confidence building. Her approach is mostly experiential, and she provides a safe space for individuals to explore and practice the changes they would like to make. She is a certified sexological bodyworker, trained in the Somatica Method of Sex and Relationship Coaching, and is an IPSA-certified Surrogate Partner based in San Francisco. To find out more about Eileen and her offerings, visit www.somaticsexuality.com



Eileen is a forgiveness teacher, forgiveness coach, and a leader in the movement to integrate emotional healing and forgiveness in conflict resolution. A practicing litigation lawyer who rejected the traditional adversarial role, Eileen has focused her practice on mediation and conflict resolution for over twenty years, helping thousands of people resolve disputes outside of court. This work led her into a deep exploration of forgiveness as it relates to resolving conflict and making peace, both with others and oneself. She has led numerous trainings on forgiveness, provided forgiveness coaching for both individuals and organizations, and is the author of the Forgiveness Workbook and Forgiveness Meditation CD. Learn more about Eileen at http://www.thepathofforgiveness.com/


Michael is a psychotherapist who brings over 30 years of experience in counseling and social work. His therapeutic specialties include somatic healing, trauma resolution, intimacy and relationships, addiction release, healing shame, soul work and spirituality. In addition to his private practice in San Leandro and Berkeley, he leads workshops and trainings. Michael is passionate about supporting those who are ready to forgive and who understand that forgiveness is an essential step in spiritual growth and transformation. He brings a wealth of experience to forgiveness work, including expertise in somatic healing and trauma recovery. Learn more about Michael at www.ShiftinPerspective.com




 Celeste received her MA in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University. As a project manager at SFSU’s Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, Celeste researched adolescent sexuality development and the social roles that girls and boys learn and continue to play throughout their lives. She is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality where she trains professionals in Somatic Sexology. Celeste brings her unconditional love, presence, erotic energy and insight to her client’s sessions, offering an open, safe and exciting container where her clients can explore every aspect of themselves and create a passionate, joyful and sexually fulfilled life. Learn more about Celeste at https://www.celesteanddanielle.com/about-celeste/



 Danielle has devoted the last twenty-two years to coaching and empowering couples, women and men. She graduated with a PhD and a Doctor of Human Sexuality (DHS) degree from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco where she is now a faculty member. Danielle has a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW) and a Bachelors (BA) degree in Psychology and Educational Counseling. In her coaching sessions, Danielle offers her clients a unique, experiential and powerful process to transform their relationships, create deep and loving connections and live their lives passionately. Learn more about Danielle at https://www.celesteanddanielle.com/about-danielle/


Kathy Labriola

imageedit_3_6852336943Kathy Labriola is a nurse, counselor, and hypnotherapist in private practice in Berkeley, California. She is the author of two books published by Greenery Press, Love in Abundance: A Counselor’s Advice on Open Relationships, and The Jealousy Workbook. Learn more: www.kathylabriola.com.









Steve Bearman, PhD

maxresdefaultnewSteve Bearman, PhD is the founder of the Interchange Counseling Institute, and a counselor, social justice educator, and workshop leader residing in San Francisco. In addition to teaching counseling skills classes, Steve has been leading workshops for over 20 years in the areas of community building, relationships, ending jealousy, overcoming anxiety, gender role conditioning, healing body shame, death and grieving, spiritual practice, and group facilitation. Steve also helps his counseling clients heal old hurts, to overcome emotional obstacles, to recover meaning and passion, to create healthy relationships and support structures, and to realize their unique and extraordinary capacities. He earned his PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he also received an MS in Social Psychology. Learn more at Interchange Counseling.


Gal Szekely, MFT

Gal-Szekely-BWGal has dedicated his work to helping couples create thriving relationships. He is a marriage counselor and co-founder (with his wife) of The Couples Center, a counseling and education center for couples. Through counseling, workshops and events he has helped hundreds of couples create a deep, lasting connection. He is a teacher in the Hakomi experiential therapy method and he teaches therapists in the bay area and nationally how to use experiential methods that create effective change. He is also an adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he teaches marriage counseling from a body-mind perspective. He hold a masters in Counseling Psychology from CIIS University in San Francisco and a masters in Social Psychology from Tel-Aviv University.


Meriana Dinkova, MFT


Meriana Dinkova, MFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MTF Lic#45696) and Life- and Relationship Coach in private practice in SF, Oakland and over Skype. She works with individuals and couples, leads workshops and speaks in the US and internationally. For the last 19 years she has studied and practiced a variety of tantric, meditative and therapeutic methods involving the connection between spirit and body and the ways our attention influences our experience, particularly in the realms of connection, mindfulness and sensuality. For more info go to: http://www.merianadinkova.com


Tobin Giblin


Tobin Giblin has been a love, intimacy and sacred sexuality coach for over two and a half decades. The author of “The Art of Mindful Living,” Tobin helps groups, couples and individuals blossom to their highest potential. His extensive training includes 6 years in a Zen Center, 12 years in the Ridhwan School (under the direction of AH Almaas), a three-year apprenticeship with one of the foremost transpersonal psychotherapists in America, five years with Adyashanti, and a teacher-training program with the South African Tantra teacher Shakti Malan. Learn more about Tobin at http://tobingiblin.com/ .


John J. Prendergast, Ph.D.

imageedit_3_5810333777Author of In Touch: How to Tune in to the Inner Guidance of Your Body and Trust Yourself (2015), is a recently retired professor of psychology at CIIS, spiritual teacher, and psychotherapist. He is the senior editor of The Sacred Mirror and Listening from the Heart of Silence as well as the founder and editor-in-chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality & Psychology.





Marcia Baczynski
imageedit_6_9476368077Marcia is a sex educator and relationship coach who works to provide people with practical tools to create extraordinary relationships. Her primary mission is to help people overcome shame and get in touch with what they truly want — romantically, sexually and relationally — even if it’s off the beaten path. Her Successful Non-monogamy programs support couples in opening their relationships with more ease and clarity. As co-founder of the international phenomenon Cuddle Party, Marcia has been featured in publications in over 70 countries, and has appeared on The Montel Williams Show, Fox News, NPR, the Washington Post, the New York Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Marie Claire, People, Newsweek, Your World with Neal Cavuto, Penn & Teller’s Bullsh*t, and more. Learn more about Marcia at www.askingforwhatyouwant.com




Nicolle Zapien
imageedit_3_7289488345Dr. Nicolle Zapien is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #46946) offering individual, couples and family psychotherapy, with over 10 years of clinical experience in San Francisco and core faculty in the Human Sexuality doctoral program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her dissertation focused on the experience of extra-marital affairs from a phenomenological psychological perspective. She is dedicated to the broad and methodical study of a wide range of sexuality and gender studies issues as well as humanistic perspectives of the same. She also holds an Ed.M from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and an MA from the Professional School of Psychology. You can learn more at:





Julie Barr, MFT
imageedit_1_7475652158Julie Barr has been a therapist for over 20 years helping children, families, adults and couples to create richer, more rewarding relationships in all areas of their lives. She has led workshops, couples groups and community events focusing on open relationships and polyamory, emphasizing the tolls and skills for creating sustainable relationships. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of TN at Knoxville and a MA in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco. Learn more about Julie at www.juliebarrmft.com/







Shachar David Erez, MA, MFTi
imageedit_1_9402038700Shachar loves helping couples connect and be intimate with each other. He is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered intern, currently seeing clients at The Couples Center in SF and his office in Oakland. As a graduate of JFKU’s integral Psychotherapy program, Shachar encourages couples to create moments of intimacy in their everyday life, including through his Yummy Date Night series that helps couples reignite aliveness in their relationship. Shachar enjoys coaching men and women how to be more present, shine, and let their Soul come through. Learn more at www.shachardaviderez.com and www.YummyDateNights.com.





Charlie Glickman, PhD

imageedit_6_4235683806For more info about Charlie, check out www.charlieglickman.com and follow him online at www.facebook.com/charlie.glickman and www.twitter.com/charlieglickman.com. For Charlie’s sex coaching and somatic sex education, visit www.makesexeasy.com.





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