Dr. Danielle Harel is the co-creator of the Somatica Method and the co-founder of the Somatica Institute.

She is a clinical sexologist and a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality where she trains professionals in Somatic Sexology. Danielle has devoted the last twenty years to sex coaching and empowering couples, women, men, and groups. She graduated with a Ph.D. and a Doctor of Human Sexuality (DHS) degree from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. Danielle has a graduate degree in Clinical Social Work (MSW) and a Bachelors (BA) degree in Psychology and Educational Counseling.

Danielle brings her passion, depth, intuition, and magnetizing personality to her coaching sessions. Harnessing her extensive training in sexology, psychology, and body-based modalities including Hakomi, attachment theory, character strategy theory, and neuro-patterning, she leads people into reaching their fullest personal and sexual potential. Danielle is particularly talented in helping her clients release shame and accept themselves fully. She offers her clients a unique, experiential and powerful process to transform their relationships, create deep and loving connections and live their lives passionately.

Danielle sees clients in her Sunnyvale / South Bay Area office. Learn more about Danielle’s private practice. Fill out this form to find the best practitioner for you.

Danielle's client, Santa Clara, CA

My work with Danielle has allowed me to experience more pleasure and intimacy in my life in ways I never even imagined existed. Danielle’s pragmatic and empathetic approach goes to the root of one’s issues and points the way to overcoming them. She does this with a great deal of skill, compassion, and humor all while maintaining a safe environment. Working with her has been a great gift in my life. I wish I had found her years ago.

Danielle's Client, Redwood City, CA

Danielle has helped me through so much over the last couple of years in dealing with issues that have bugged me my entire life.  Her approach is so much more empathetic and caring than your traditional “talk” therapy.

Her work is more than just talking about sex or relationships but digging deeper to the root of anger, fear or trauma that keeps a person’s life from being fully enjoyed.   Her embodied approach helps you to feel those emotions in a safe environment and begin to let go of them one by one.

Danielle's Client, Carmel, CA

My wife and I are longtime clients, and it’s no exaggeration to say that working with Danielle has transformed our marriage.  After many decades, our sexual relationship is better than ever, we’ve also become more compatible and mutually empathetic outside the bedroom.  Moreover, Danielle provided marvelous support when my wife confronted breast cancer and issues of diminished sexual esteem.  Both individually, and as a couple, my wife and I have brought a diverse range of issues to Danielle.  In every case her response was supportive, insightful, and efficacious.   I cannot imagine that there’s a better sex coach anywhere in CA!

Danielle's Client, Menlo Park, CA

Working with Danielle has saved my marriage and enhanced every aspect of my life!  I can’t recommend Danielle highly enough for sex and relationship coaching.  Danielle has helped me get my groove back in a big way.

Due to long-term, below the surface relationship problems, my wife and I had lost our intimate connection and our sex life was non-existent.  After years of this, I had lost all confidence as a man.

Danielle helped us identify and work through these problems and understand each other to a degree that we never have before.  I feel like a new and vastly improved person.  I’m confident and happy again both in my relationship with my wife and with myself.

The therapy hasn’t always been easy.  Danielle will challenge you to examine your thoughts and feelings which can be uncomfortable, but she is supportive throughout the process and downright brilliant with her perspective, observations and suggestions for improved intimacy and sex.

My wife and I are fortunate to have found Danielle.  We have reestablished and are maintaining an intimate connection that I once feared was lost and we are having BIG FUN in and out of the bedroom!   We deserve some of the credit, but we couldn’t have done it without Danielle.