Lauren Elise | Sex Health Educator
Sex Ed for You provides comprehensive sexuality education and curricula to individuals, businesses, and organizations.
Specializing in working with clients to restore positive and respectful approaches to sexuality, pleasure, and relationships, as well as overcoming obstacles associated with: religious trauma, sexual communication, life transitions, emotional shifts, and childbirth experiences.
Pleasure is a human right. It is my belief that all individuals deserve comprehensive, good-quality information about sex and sexuality.” Lauren Elise Barnes
Through her decade of work in the maternal-health industry, Lauren developed a passion for guiding individuals and communities to new levels of knowledge and discernment.
Though immensely fulfilling, her tenure of working with women from preconception - postpartum revealed a severe lack of sexual education. Then, after a divorce and subsequent liberation she became determined to unearth the roots of sexual oppression seen around her.
In 2021, she returned to school to obtain a certification in Holistic Sex Education with the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment, whose program is approved by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
Seeking a positive and respectful approach to sex education, Lauren was thrilled that ISEE was founded to “facilitate a profound opening of our awareness while achieving the highest standards of professional development.” Through ISEE Lauren studied the lasting effects of trauma, disability, culture, and spirituality on human sexuality.
Unlearning and expanding thought patterns can be challenging and vulnerable. By combining her decade of program development with her passion for transformative education, Lauren now specializes in creating containers that allow students to sit safely in discomfort while developing the tools necessary to support “pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.” (WHO)
Lauren was drawn to a Holistic Model of Sex Education because, like most, she learned about sex in a less than desirable way. Her gentle group courses and personalized individual education allow her students to walk away with “not only knowledge, but also a deeper sense of connection to themselves.” (ISEE)
With an extensive background in the performing arts, Lauren is thrilled to be able to harness her innate communication skills to teach and cultivate embodied education. While she’s “mostly retired,” she can still occasionally be found singing and dancing on regional stages; but mostly you’ll find her in her kitchen delighting (annoying) her partner and daughter with her theatrical antics.
Lauren adores welcoming anyone and everyone into her home for a bowl of soup and a glass of wine, but most days you’ll find her in her favorite place on earth, curled up with a cup of coffee and a new book.
Sexual health is fundamental to the overall health and well-being of individuals, couples and families, and to the social and economic development of communities and countries. (World Health Organization)
When individuals are blocked from sexual health they are stunted from developing a sense of sensual play and enjoyment.
Sexual health is influenced by a breadth of factors including: race, religion, trauma, economics, tools and technology, politics and legislation, stability and change, historical background, and culture. (Sexuality Education Wheel of Context by: Azarmina & Nasserzadeh 2017)
By moving clients toward sexual freedom they leave behind “problematic barriers that hamper personal growth, limit hope, and create fear of risk taking.” (Dale & Keller 2019)
Sex Ed for You works to restore positive and respectful approaches to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as increase the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. (WHO)