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Becoming a Sex-Positive Therapist: Expanding Your Therapeutic Toolkit

4-days workshop

Sexuality is an essential part of life that inevitably shows up in therapy sessions. Additionally, cultural beliefs and norms influence sexuality and impact both the client and clinician in a therapeutic relationship. However, many clinicians have little training or education in human sexual behavior, which may make them less adept at helping clients feel comfortable talking about sex without feeling judged, pathologized, and margianlized. As people are becoming more open to talking about sexuality and pursue therapy with sexual questions and concerns, the need for sexuality-informed and sex-positive therapists is rapidly growing. You don’t have to be a certified sex therapist in order to create a space in which your client knows and trusts that sexuality isn’t an off-limits topic. What they need is a skilled, sex-positive, and competent therapist.

This workshop series was designed to inform, expand, and support your therapy practice and organization when client’s undoubtedly bring sex and sexuality into the session. We will use a sex-positive, trauma-informed, and social justice centered approach as we discuss cultural competency, evidence-based interventions, and the intersections of sexuality and mental wellness around the following topics:

Day 1: Supporting Client Sexuality

  • • Understanding Sexual History Assessments
  • • Providing Competent Care

Day 2: Therapy with LGBTQIA+ Clients

  • • Providing Affirming Therapy
  • • Suicide Prevention

Day 3: Addressing Couples Concerns in Therapy

  • • Common Sexual Issues
  • • Non-Monogamous Couples

Day 4: Sex-positive Therapy for Trauma Survivors

  • • Erotic Self-Expansion for Trauma Survivors
  • • Exploring BDSM & Kink as a Healing Practice for Trauma Survivors


During this workshop series, participants will:

  • Enhance their cultural competency and knowledge around sexuality.
  • Explore core values and beliefs that may impact discussing sexuality with clients.
  • Gain insights and tools for understanding the meaning of sexual problems.
  • Identify common sex therapy diagnoses that require specailized treatment and how to refer clients to a specaility clinician.
NOTE: The workshop will be held in English.
There will be no interpretation at the event.


Rafaella Smith-Fiallo

Rafaella Smith-Fiallo (she/ella) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Sexuality Educator, and Therapist who is passionate about helping others go through a journey of healing as they find a healthy perception of their sexual selves. With over 10 years of experience in different healing spaces, she has built a reputation as a compassionate, patient, and professional therapist and educator.

Rafaella holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work along with several certifications as a Clinical Trauma Professional, Sexuality Educator, and trained Gottman Therapist. In 2018, she founded Healing Exchange LLC with the intention to provide others with a space to share their experiences, strengths, and expertise while on their healing journey. Having specialized in relationship, sex, and trauma therapy, she provides an outlet through which people can process their traumas, explore their relationship with sex and sexuality, and re-connect in their relationships.

Rafaella is also the co-creator of Afrosexology, a sex-positive and pleasure-based sexuality multimedia education business. In recognition of the positive impact they are making in the community, Afrosexology has been featured in numerous media outlets including HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Vibe Magazine, Broadly, and much more. As a speaker, she has been called upon to present across the United States and other countries including Brazil, Cuba, and the Virgin Islands.



The workshops will take place from Friday, October 7, 2022, to Monday, October 10, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with short breaks in-between and a lunch break.


This workshop series is intended for psychotherapists and other mental health professionals who want to become more competent in sexuality topics and with the goal to promote self-acceptance, positive social engagement, and improved mental and physical health.


The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 35, so confirm your attendance as soon as possible.


Participants shall receive their certificate of attendance on the last day, signed by the workshop leader and the head of the workshop.


Registration fee for the Becoming a Sex-Positive Therapist: Expanding Your Therapeutic Toolkit is € 680 and must be fully paid by Monday, September 5, 2022. The application for the workshop is confirmed only after the registration fee is entirely paid.

In the event of cancellation, we will refund half of the registration fee by Monday, September 12, 2022, after that date refunds will not be possible.

In case of an insufficient number of registered participants, the organizers reserve the right to cancel the event. In this case, the applicants will receive full refund of their registration fee, however, no reimbursement of any other costs incurred in connection with the workshop shall be made.


  • IBAN: SI56 6100 0001 7627 866

  • Zavod Spoznaj se
  • Tomšičeva 1a
  • 3310 Žalec
  • Slovenija

  • City Hotel Ljubljana
  • Dalamtinova 15
  • 1000 Ljubljana
  • Slovenija

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