The Founders’ Story

Celeste and DanielleDanielle Harel received her Ph.D. and Doctorate degree in Human Sexuality from The Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. She has a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW) and a Bachelor’s (BA) degree in Psychology and Educational Counseling. Celeste Hirschman received her Master’s Degree in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC).

We met at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) in the Sexological Bodywork Certification Training. Shortly after graduating from the program, we teamed up and led our first Men’s Become an Extraordinary Lover Workshop. From our experiences in Social Work and therapeutic training as well as our experiences as clients in therapy, we began to realize that there was work in the realm of sex and relationships that was beyond the boundaries of traditional therapy. At the same time, we found that Sexological Bodywork and Sex Surrogacy had much broader boundaries but still left a lot of the important aspects of sex and relationships out of the picture.

We were inspired to create the Somatica Method as a holistic method of sex and relationship coaching covering every aspect of sex and relationships, from emotions and communication to passion and sexual pleasure. We believe that the skills required to have a good sexual, intimate and emotional connection are learnable and teachable and we wanted our clients and the clients of our students to have the opportunity to practice real-time emotional and erotic intimacy beyond what therapy could offer and within boundaries that would feel comfortable to the client and practitioner alike.
The Somatica Method was born from the need for all humans to face their fears, wounds and challenges so that we can experience fulfillment of our deepest needs for love, connection and sexual expression.

We are excited to see change in our clients, students and in ourselves as we implement the principles and philosophy of Somatica in our sessions, trainings and in our own lives. People shed shame and bravely show their vulnerability. They become gentler, more loving, and forgiving. They claim their desire and feel sexually open and empowered. They listen better to their partners and to people they love and they take care of themselves and of each other with more empathy and compassion. We hope to keep inspiring these changes as we teach and work with individuals and couples and inspire professionals to bring more of themselves into the coaching and therapy room.

We can’t wait for you to join us!

With passion,
Celeste & Danielle

Celeste and Danielle are rare in the field-- they are masterful teachers and practitioners and understand what it takes to create better relationships as well as a sustainable practice and business

If you are lucky enough to study with them and to have them as mentors, you could see positive changes in all areas of your life. I appreciate and draw upon this work all the time and in all kinds of experiences. It is no coincidence that so many people use the words "transformational" or "revolutionary" when describing Somatica.

Kai, Somatica Core Training, 2013
San Francisco, CA