dr anya sex therapy

As a sexuality and relationship specialist with 26 years experience I bring a wealth of knowledge, compassion, and empathy to my practice.

My lifelong desire to understand how the human body works and how we work together to sustain health and happiness brought me to the world of sexuality education.

I grew up in a Hindu-based Meditation Ashram long before yoga was cool and hip!

What was missing from my spiritual education in the Ashram was teachings of sexuality and how sex can be sacred and pleasurable.

By traveling the world at a young age, as well as living for a time in India, I learned that many cultures, religions, and societies omit basic sex education and leave people confused about their own bodies and how they work. 

Because my mother was a physician, my early education about the body came from a very non-judgmental yet scientific viewpoint, and with the lack of permission to discuss sexuality in the Ashram, I decided to go off on my own and explore this fascinating topic.

My quest for knowledge brought me to physical research of the human body and I spent many years doing therapeutic massage as well as Tantra, Sexological Bodywork, and Bondassage (a hybrid of kink & erotic massage).  

My desire to learn everything there is to know about human sexuality eventually led me to some of the world’s best sexuality schools where I studied and trained for many years.

I began teaching sexuality education at health venues in the San Francisco Bay Area, NYC, Los Angeles and London and hosted The O Word – Sex Talk Radio interviewing sexuality experts from around the world. In 2016 I finished my academic training with a Doctor of Human Sexuality degree from The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.

I eventually added in certifications from The Gottman Institute as I wanted to offer my clients research-based tools that can help them further their intimacy, communication and conflict resolution.  Thus, creating an even better sex life. 

I continue to study and research Human Sexuality by working with clients and students and gathering information about their own lived experience.  My passion and desire in life are to disseminate non-judgmental, accurate, and sex-positive information about human sexuality and intimate relationships and help create a culture of pleasure, happiness, and acceptance in our world.

Because my background is so diverse I love working with people from all over the world with lots of unique and interesting stories.  Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions about my life so that you feel comfortable and safe discussing yours.

 

Professional Affiliations

Diplomas & Certifications 

Please note: my credentials allow me to provide education, consulting and coaching pertaining to human sexuality, intimacy and relationships. They do not allow me to practice therapy, counseling or medicine. Please see my page on Coaching or Psychotherapy.

  • Doctor of Human Sexuality, DHS – Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
  • B.A. Humanities – New College of California
  • Certified Sex Educator – San Francisco Sex Information 
  • Certified Sexological Bodyworker*  – The Somatic Sex Educators Association
  • Certified Massage Therapist*  – The World School of Massage & Holistic Healing Arts
  • Certified Bondassage Trainer and Teacher* – Jaeleen Bennis
  • Certified Clinical Sexologist – Dr. Patti Britton 
  • Sexual Attitude Reassessment and Restructuring – SAR – Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
  • Certified Gottman Method Trainings: 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work, Couples Therapy Level 1 & 2,  Gottman Method Couples & Addiction Recovery 
  • Certified Restorative Practices & Diversity Educator –  CircleUp Education 
  • Currently enrolled in 3 year professional training in Somatic Experiencing© method of Trauma Resolution.  
*I no longer practice hands-on modalities but rather, teach these techniques to couples to advance their knowledge as part of the Dr. Anya Erotic Fundamentals HomePlay™. 

PAST SEX ED CLASSES TAUGHT:

UC Berkeley, CA

Berkeley High School, CA

Hult Business School, CA

California College of the Arts, CA

Mills College, Oakland, CA

Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium, London, England

SF Armory/Kink.com, San Francisco, CA

The Pleasure Chest, Los Angeles, CA

Pure Pleasures, Santa Cruz, CA

Stockroom, Los Angeles, CA

Good Vibrations, San Francisco, CA

The Sunrise Center, Corte Madera, CA

Essence, San Francisco, CA

Vagina Monologues & Workshops, Los Angeles, CA

FEM Talks, Oakland, CA

Feelmore510, Oakland, CA

Center for Sex & Culture, San Francisco, CA

The Looking Glass, Oakland, CA

Black Thorn, Oakland, CA

Private Workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York & London

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