© 2018 by Vanessa K Vance  0427 968 385 contact@vanessakvance.com

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ABOUT ME
 

I am a counsellor, coach, and a somatic sex educator. I have a degree in counselling from Edith Cowan University and I studied somatic sexology with the Institute of Somatic Sexology. I am currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies at Murdoch University. I am also a certified Cuddle Party™ facilitator and a certified Wheel of Consent™ facilitator in training.  I facilitate various workshops on embodiment and consent and lead ceremonies for small gatherings all the way up to large festivals. I am an artist, musician, writer and speaker.

In my private practice I specialise in working with adult individuals in the areas of sexuality, embodiment and consent. Sessions are in a counselling framework and may include embodied, expressive, creative and consent practices and techniques. I occasionally coach couples interested in exploring embodied consent however I am not trained in couples therapy and do not offer that service. Reasons for coming to see me include (but are not limited to) cultivating communication and consent skills for love and life-making, healing trauma, reconnecting with your body, exploring barriers to intimacy and pleasure, learning to be empowered as an integrated sexual being.

I'm super passionate about providing opportunities for folks to develop stronger positive relationships to their bodies, improve their communication and connection with others, and to experience more power and freedom as a human being. I am deeply motivated about furthering the culture of consent, embodiment, and sexual freedom and advocating for social change through individual awareness and growth.

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EDUCATION & TRAINING
  • Currently enrolled in Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts Therapies, Murdoch University, 2019.

  • Currently enrolled in Wheel of Consent™ Workshop Facilitator Certification, School of Consent, 2019.

  • Certified Cuddle Party™ Facilitator, www.cuddleparty.com, 2018.

  • Bachelor of Counselling, Edith Cowan University, 2017.

  • Certificate in Sexological Bodywork, Institute of Somatic Sexology, 2014. 

  • Real Coach Program - Certified Real Coach (Life Coaching Certificate), Real Education, 2012.

  • Certificate in Governance Practice and Administration, Governance Institute of Australia, 2008.

  • Certificate III of Children's Services (Teacher Assistant),Central TAFE, 1999.

  • Certificate IV Classical Music (Voice), Edith Cowan University -Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 1998.

MEMBERSHIPS

Professional member of Somatic Sex Educators' Association of Australasia 

Member of Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy

Affiliate member of Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

Student Member of  The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA)

EXPERIENCE

In addition to my private practice I have been attending, supporting, organising, and facilitating group experiences locally and internationally in the areas of personal growth, embodiment, and sex education. For my current and upcoming events click on Events and Links 

  • Facilitated workshops and ceremony at Fearless Women's Gathering, Dwellingup - Western Australia, September 2019. 

  • Co-shared the Master of Ceremonies role at Taste of Love Festival, Byron Bay -Australia, March 2019. 

  • Presented 3 workshops at Celebrating Sexuality, Melbourne - Australia, November 2018.

  • Facilitated Consent workshop at Reverence Retreat, Perth - Australia, October 2018.

  • Attended Like A Pro Training with Betty Martin, Sydney - Australia, 2018.

  • Facilitated women's embodiment workshops, Perth - Australia, 2016 & 2017.

  • Facilitated a women's embodiment workshop at The Joining  festival, Brisbane - Australia, 2016.

  • Co-facilitated a variety of embodiment and educational workshops, Perth -Australia, 2016, 2017 & 2018.

  • Presented a talk at Western Australian Sexology Society, Perth - Australia, 2015 & 2017.

  • Co-presented a sex education workshop at Celebrating Sexuality, Melbourne - Australia, 2015.

  • Facilitated women's circle twice a month, Perth - Australia, 2015 & 2016.

  • Co-organised and co-facilitated women's personal growth and embodiment retreat Maeve, Co. Sligo - Ireland, 2015.

  • Facilitated group embodiment and sex education experiences at Bliss Festival Ireland 2014 & 2015.

  • Presented a workshop at Dossie and Friends - a weekend of workshops with Dossie Easton and other sex educators from Australia, Perth, 2014.

  • Assistant at the International School of Temple Arts Level 1 Trainings, Ireland and Perth - Australia, 2013. 

  • Support crew for Real Teens experience, Perth - Australia, 2013.

  • Support crew for women's personal growth retreat with Real Education, Brisbane, 2011-2012.