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Introductory Certificate in Embodied Counselling

I am thrilled to welcome back Deej Juventin (a fellow New Zealander) to New Zealand for this course.

Deej is based in Brisbane and the last time he was here in New Zealand teaching was 2016, so this is a rare opportunity to work with him here on our shores. He has been named Somatic Sex Educator of the year at the Sexual Freedom Awards in London and is the founding president of the Somatic Sex Educator’s Association of Australasia, and co-director of the Institute of Somatic Sexology.

“I have completed this course with Deej alongside Sexological Bodywork and this past year as Peer support/Coach for Sex Bod and find his teaching and approach to be supportive, engaging and invaluable learning. His breadth of knowledge and consistent somatic approach to learning make him an incredible educator and pioneer in his field”. Tahlia Brand

Dates for NZ 2019

April 15 to June 16, 2019. We come together in person for the Embodied Counselling Intensive in Auckland on June 14, 15 and 16. There will be 8 teleconferences before the intensive and different modules to complete in between.

Please note the above dates for this event are only for the intensive. The actual course and first teleconference starts on April 15th

Course Overview:

Effective practitioners need to engage the full lived body, including emotional aspects, for real change to happen. We need simple, effective practices that develop embodied awareness and capacities to fully show up and pay attention at increasingly subtle levels, for both practitioners and clients to live more choiceful, connected and vibrant lives.

The Introductory Certificate in Embodied Counselling is an introduction to somatic psychology and bodymind therapy for holistic, somatic, and spiritual practitioners, including massage therapists, kahuna bodyworkers, sex workers, somatic sex educators, and yoga teachers. It is also useful for counsellors, psychotherapists and other psyc practitioners who want to learn to work more somatically.

The course provides practitioners with practice in effective embodied skills, a broad understanding of psychotherapeutic theory leading to the development of body-based approaches, and practice in conducting embodied counselling sessions.

Building on what you do well, the course develops your capacity to work with the emotional and psychological content that arises during bodywork sessions. You will develop greater confidence to work with your clients’ emotional and psychological selves, expanding and developing your skill set in this direction, and enhancing your capacity to articulate the complex systems in process for human beings, as you further grow in embodied awareness.

“The training was fantastic. It filled in lots gaps in my knowledge, gave me new spaces to fill up with the knowledge I will continue to gather, and affirmed, consolidated and linked together my existing abilities.”

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course students will have:

• Engaged in regular self-practice of body awareness exercises

• Created practices that support increased awareness in the body

• Studied the development of somatic psychology and bodymind therapy

• Studied and developed qualities that support practitioners in working effectively with clients

• Practiced embodied counselling skills

• Studied the connection of the body’s systems and consciousness

• Developed basic skills for working with strong emotion and trauma

• Practised embodied counselling sessions

• Grown in embodiment to feel more connected and vibrantly alive

“A great introductory course that gives you a wide understanding of the counselling world and the skills to integrate embodied counselling into your practice.”

Who is it for?

Practitioners of all kinds who work through the body or who have an interest in getting more concrete, simple and effective ways to work more somatically and/or are curious for their own learning and embodiment. This could include, but is not limited to Massage Therapists, Sexological Bodyworkers, Yoga Teachers, Nutritionists, Tantrikas, Sex Workers, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists etc

About Deej:

Deej Juventin is a leader in the field of embodied therapy within Australia. His work supports clients to mobilize their capacities for growth, learning and change through embodied counselling, bodywork, meditation, sex coaching, and Tantric Practice.
He holds qualifications in psychology, sociology, counselling, adult education, kahuna bodywork, somatic sex education and professional supervision. He has an MA in Somatic and Spiritual Psychology.

Deej supports the development of body-based therapies in Australia through teaching professional trainings for embodied counsellors and somatic sex educators, and offers professional supervision for therapists who work somatically. He was named Somatic Sex Educator of the Year at the Sexual Freedom Awards in London. He is the founding president of the Somatic Sex Educators’ Association of Australasia, and co-director of the Institute of Somatic Sexology.
Deej welcomes people of all genders, sexualities, and relationship choices to work with him.


The price of the training is NZD $2200.

There is an early bird price of $1900 available for full payment received by March 22, 2019.

Students who have completed a certificate training with the Institute of Somatic Sexology within the last 2 years receive a $100 discount on the course fee.

Refund Policy
There is a non-refundable deposit of $250 which secures your place in the training.
If you are paying off your tuition before April 12, 2019 and decide you cannot participate in the training you will be refunded your money minus the non-refundable deposit of $250. There is no refund if you withdraw after the training commences on April 15, 2019.

For more info or confirm your place email Deej on or Tahlia on

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