Safety Beyond Safewords
Samantha Manewitz, LICSW CST
Samantha Manewitz, LICSW CST, is an educator and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She has trained mental health professionals, sex educators, and alt-sex communities on healthy communication, abuse prevention, and mental health in BDSM. Samantha was a featured presenter at multiple conferences, including CatalystCon West, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities, and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit.
Among her therapeutic specialties are trauma (complex PTSD), sex therapy, couples therapy (level 2 Gottman trained), and gender affirming care for transgender/non binary clients. Samantha is also on the faculty of the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment, where she has presented on sexual coercion and psychotherapy with kinky clients.
In September 2019, Samantha will be closing her private practice to pursue a Social Work PhD program at University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash School of Social Work, with a graduate specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies.
Polyamory #MeTooAs some of you may know, I’m part of a survivor support team for women who’ve been harmed by Franklin Veaux.
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Featured Writing and Quotes:
- Partner Dance as an analogy for consensual BDSM
- When is it time for couples therapy?
- Sex Therapists Share Their Craziest Stories
- Slate article on Harvey Weinstien
- What Your Favorite TV Couples Would Be Like in Bed
“…the erotic imagination is not politically correct. It is keyed to our inner iconoclasts, those subversive instincts in all of us that drive us to ignore signs that say “Do Not Enter” or “Do Not Push That Big Red Button.”