Susan Coates, M.A., CSC

Susan is a Certified Somatica Sex and Relationship Coach and Faculty Member at the Somatica Institute. She has dedicated her last 20 years to coaching and empowering individuals and people in relationships.

After graduating with a M.A. in International Relations with a Human Rights focus at the University of Denver, she worked for ten years in the non-profit sector. Mostly, she was running empowerment programs for single working mothers, men coming out of prison, and refugees – before following in the footsteps of her late father by becoming a full-time sex and relationship coach.

Susan embraces every person as whole and worthy of celebrating. She helps people de-shame, reclaim, and fully express their innermost desires in ways that feel safe and pleasurable. She also brings her depth, intuition, playfulness, and creativity to every instructor session, empowering people to embody their desires in uninhibited ways and create enlivening intimate relationships for a more pleasure-filled life.

As a teacher and coach, Susan incorporates skills from multiple modalities such as Matrix Leadershipauthentic relating, women’s studies, circling, unitive justice and the Enneagram. Drawing upon a lifetime of experience in embodied movement, Susan also fuses her experience as a professional dance performer and teacher into her practice. She is a founder and facilitator of the Boulder Contact Lab, a community engaged in the exploration of what arises when two or more bodies share touch, weight, and movement.

Susan sees coaching clients online and in her Denver office, hosts community intimacy salons and group coaching events, speaks on panels and at college campuses, and has been featured in Marie Claire magazine on outside-the-box relationships, sexuality, and sustainable polyamory.

In addition to her faculty role, Susan sees Somatica clients in her private practice. To schedule a session with her, fill out the form on Susan’s practitioner profile.