Our Story

At Sex Coach U, we train sex positive individuals to transform their passions for sexuality and for helping others into a thriving and successful business as Certified Sex Coaches™.

You are an advocate for sexual wellness who believes in sex positivity.

You feel strongly that everyone has the right to accurate sexual education and deserves a chance to experience sexual pleasure in whatever way feels good to them.

Sex Coach U is full of people just like you, people longing to make a difference, to fill the void, to promote sex positivity, sexual pleasure, health, and wellness.

In fact, that desire is at the heart of Our Story and is what drove our founder, Dr. Patti Britton, to develop sex coaching as its own profession in the 1990s.

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Our Origins

Dr. Patti spent 20 years working in the fields of sexual education and sexual health.

As a fierce champion of sexual rights and freedoms, she struggled to work within the traditional paradigm, which treats sexual concerns as pathologies.

She knew something needed to change because it just didn’t sit right with her to treat sexuality from a medical model.

In the early 1990’s, she was introduced to the new field of life or personal coaching, and she realized that was part of the puzzle.

She married the concepts of clinical sexology with a life coaching approach, and thus Sex Coaching was born!

Dr. Patti launched her own private sex coaching practice and spent over a decade successfully treating clients from this more sex positive approach.

Then she and her beloved late business and romantic partner, Dr. Robert, decided it was time to start teaching this new sex coaching paradigm to others.

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Ever wonder how Sex Coach U got started?

Here’s Our Story.

“One sultry summer’s day, while sitting in our secluded cabin nestled in the woods of Lake Arrowhead, California, listening to the blue jays on the deck under the elms and watching a gorgeous sunrise as we sipped our coffee, an idea was born….

I looked into Robert’s brown eyes and said, “What if we were to bring alive the book I wrote, The Art of Sex Coaching, and actually teach people how to use it?”

He smiled and said, “Let’s get to work, baby!”

What if… became the inspiration for Dr. Robert and me to live that dream and mount a real-life professional training program to prepare sex coaches all over the world to do what we did–as caring, competent, compassionate containers, who were fully qualified and ready to address the sexual concerns of their clients.

We were on fire to help others like us who felt the calling to transform people’s sex lives.

That weekend we created the website for Sex Coach U and polished up the systematically designed sexology and coaching training modules that were originally created for another project.

Poof! SCU came to be. The rest is history.

We’ve been graced with students from over 65 countries and SCU is growing each day.

Dr. Robert passed away in 2017, and I carry on our vision for sexual healing for the world.

My passion is to do that as long as I can, until I join Dr. Robert once more~ Til then, here we are!”

Study with the Mother of Sex Coaching

At Sex Coach U, you get to study with Dr. Patti, the Mother of Sex Coaching herself.

Dr. Patti is committed to providing you with the best, most comprehensive sex coach training program in the world.

You will be guided to fully embody your studies through our integrated learning approach, focusing on all three primary learning domains:

Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral (CAB).

You will be given information and asked to think about what you’re learning (cognitive), you will learn to process your emotions around your own sexual journey and how to elicit emotional responses from your clients (affective).

You will gain a lot of experiential practice (behavioral), as well.

You’ll be applying the CAB approach throughout your studies so that you become a fully embodied sex coach.

“SCU has been an incredibly informative program. It has not only been comprehensive in its training for sex coaches, it has helped me as a certified sex therapist! The curricula devoted itself to a large body of sexology and working with a variety of clients with different concerns. It also had me explore my own reactions to the material- something our training in sexuality doesn’t always leave ‘space for.’”

Robin Siegal, LCSW, CST

We Are a Global Family

We are proud to say that we have community members in over 66 countries around the world.

Community is at the core of who we are.

Our students—who often make lifelong friendships through our program—come from diverse backgrounds. Each goes on to make their private practice uniquely their own. 

From bustling metropolises to small towns, down dirt roads and multi-lane highways, our graduates are change makers who make a difference in their local communities all around the world.

No matter where they are in the world, our graduates don’t act alone.

If you’re the only sex positive person in your area, then you may feel quite lonely in your work.

When you join Sex Coach U, you join a community of students, graduates, and allied professionals that is truly a chosen family. 

Even though we come from diverse backgrounds and cultures, we are united in our mission to transform the world through sexual healing, one person at a time.

Read more about how we support each other as a global community here.

“What I loved was the depth and quality of the curriculum, the personal​ ​and caring involvement of the instructors, mentors, and staff. That students and graduates ​alike have ​an instant connection to a global SCU community.”

Kim Bryson, Certified Sex Coach™

Our Core Values

Dr. Patti and Dr. Robert decided early on that their mission was to offer their teachings to people all around the world. Their dream was to create a global community of sex-positive peers working with the holistic, client-centered MEBES© model, to high standards of professional excellence. 

Sex Coach U is the manifestation of that dream, and we are continuing with this vision.

Since our creation back in 2010, our mission has been to train and equip people across cultures and from all sexuality-related backgrounds to follow their sacred calling while also living life on their own terms and being financially supported.

We passionately believe that sex coaching is the new paradigm in working with sexuality, enabling both clients AND coaches to be empowered so that everybody wins. 

This means that we want clients to receive the highest standard in care and expertise, while our sex coaches develop a successful business model so they can be fully supported and thrive in their work.

As sex coaching is still an unregulated field, we want to set the standards in both professional excellence, and ethical business modeling, which is reflected in our core values.

woman smiling in a field practicing gratitude for better sex

Coming from service

Advocacy for sexual freedom, health, rights, and pleasure

High standards of excellence

Sexological approach throughout

Prosperity consciousness in action

Authenticity & positive role modelling

You will be embraced by this family of like-minded individuals and you will be supported on your journey through Sex Coach U and beyond. 

Do you feel a calling to be a social change agent, an advocate for healthy sexuality, a promoter of sexual wellness, a healer who is also ready to heal yourself?

Are you longing to be part of a thriving community of sex positive professionals?

Are you ready to take your place in this global movement?

If so, then Our Story is Your Story.

Welcome home.

Want to know more about our values and approach at Sex Coach U? Read these articles:

What are sexual rights and why are they so important?

Helping sex coaching clients find their voice

Meet the Team

Dr. Patti Britton

Sex Coach U Co-founder, World Association of Sex Coaches founding member

Dr. Patti Britton has led 55 SAR programs over the past ten years in seven countries to over 1,500 people. She is the author of the only SAR training manual (Routledge Press, 2017). Britton is a nationally board-certified Clinical Sexologist and world renown as the Pioneer of the profession of Sex Coaching. She’s the author of hundreds of articles, book chapters, forewords, and five major books in sexology; a popular speaker to consumers and a seasoned professional trainer for her peers…

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Sarah Martin, MA, Certified Sex Coach

General Manager, Sex Coach U, and Executive Director of the World Association of Sex Coaches

Sarah Martin is Sex Coach U’s General Manager, responsible for strategic management and planning, as well as technological excellence, bringing innovation to the student experience. Further, Sarah is the Executive Director of the World Association of Sex Coaches, the premier professional association for sex coaching worldwide. The Association aims to raise the profile of sex coaching and to support members in building thriving, profitable private practices. In addition to Sarah’s leadership roles…

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Kincaid McMinn, Certified Sex Coach

General Administrator

Kincaid McMinn is a proud graduate of Sex Coach U, and is currently based out of Dallas, TX. Throughout his growing up, Kincaid saw the myriad ways in which both men and women everywhere were hurt due to improper education around Sex and Relationships. He aims to combat that through his work as a Sex Coach and Educator, and continuing his own education…
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Dr. Agata Loewe

International Training Director

Agata Loewe is a clinical cross-cultural psychologist, systemic family psychotherapist, and sexosopher of sexology. She is a founder of Sex Positive Institute in Poland, a sex positive activist, advocate, and educator. For the last seven years, she has consulted with NGOs dealing with equal opportunities for people at risk of social exclusion and the promotion of mental, sexual, and reproductive health. Her specialty is consciousness raising and she has expertise in gender and sexual diversities…

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Dr. Norelyn Parker, Certified Sex Coach

Sex Coach U Curriculum Coordinator, Student Advisor

Dr. Norelyn Parker is a graduate of Sex Coach U and is currently based out of Sacramento, California. She holds her PhD from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and completed her sexological bodywork training through the European Academy of Somatic Education when she lived in Germany. Her academic studies have focused on intimacy within military relationships, which has expanded to include long distance relationships in general…

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Dr. Celina Criss, Certified Sex Coach

Curriculum Specialist and Student Advisor

A former kindergarten teacher and inclusive learning specialist, Celina brings playfulness and curiosity to her work as a sex coach. She believes that healthy sexual expression is our birthright. Whether she is working with Sex Coach U students, clients in her practice, or workshop participants, she encourages exploration of personal values and desires with a sense of joyful adventure. Celina runs regular workshops on sex-positive parenting and varied BDSM topics, including sensual intimacy…

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Julia Satterlee, Certified Sex Coach

Curriculum Associate

Julia is a graduate of Sex Coach U currently living in Savannah, Georgia. She holds a BA in Sociology and a BA in Spanish and is a member of the World Association of Sex Coaches. She first became involved in both sex education work and social justice activism as a teenager, and has been passionate about human rights ever since. With strong roots in peer education and adult education models of teaching, Julia brings her zest for learning to everything she does…

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LeKara Simmons, MPH, CHES

Curriculum Intern

LeKara Simmons, who lives in Georgia, USA, is a Sex Coach U student and has joined the team as a Curriculum Intern. She has over 10 years of experience educating adolescents, parents and young adults in sexual health and sexuality…

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Dr. Nwachi Gamba Eze Pressley-Tafari

Director of Research

Dr. Nwachi Gamba Eze Pressley-Tafari (or Dr. T) has been a developmental and diversity educator for close to 30 years. Nwachi is a member of the Leather House, House of Valor, and has earned his Leather Belt. His goal is to eventually become a Master in his House and be of service to the Leather community in as many ways as possible. Within the Kinky community he is best known for promoting the spiritual nature of Kink and Leather. He holds an Ed.D. in higher education and a Ph.D. in the human sciences with a specialization in creativity studies…

 

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Inara de Luna

Inara de Luna, MS, MFT

Editor-in-Chief & Content Manager

Inara de Luna, MFT, is a former Relationship and Sex Therapist who specialized in working with the LGBT, kinky, and polyamorous populations. She was also a sacred sexuality priestess who founded the Temple of the Red Lotus. She currently writes about sex, gender, kink, and consent and runs the Facebook pages she created on these topics: Consent Based Community and Sex Positive Loving. Inara has supported Dr. Patti as her personal VA off and on for over 10 years and now manages…

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Jacee Niblett, Sex Coach U

Jacee Niblett

Editorial Assistant

Jacee Niblett has recently joined the SCU team as a Marketing Associate with the aspirations of becoming a Certified Sex Coach™ in the future. Based in the Central Pennsylvania area, she currently works in the pleasure product industry as a blog writer and retail manager. A self proclaimed “orgasm support specialist” and Sex-Ed activist, Jacee loves teaching and learning about all things sex, pleasure and intimacy…

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Stefanie Weiss

Stefanie Iris Weiss, MA

Marketing Associate and Content Writer

Stefanie Iris Weiss, Writer and Astrologer
Stefanie is the author of nine books, including Eco-Sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable (Random House). As a counseling astrologer, sex columnist, and pleasure activist, Stefanie’s most profound passion is healing trauma through the joy of intimacy…
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Amanda Tull

Brand & Student Ambassador

Amanda has been passionate about helping people improve their health and physique for over 10 years. During this time she realized that a #1 problem women have is openly talking about sex. As a sex coach, Amanda is committed to empowering women…
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Katarzyna Żółtak

Social Media Assistant

Kasia Żółtak joined the team as our Social Media Assistant. Kasia is a psychology student living in Poland. A keen tea drinker, cat lover, and huge fan of Florence and The Machine, she is also an advocate for sex positivity and wants to share it with the world! Since 2017, Kasia has been an intern at the Sex Positive Institute in Warsaw, and attended ASPEX in 2019. Her plan is to become a professional psychologist/sexologist in the future.

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Greig McArthur

Graphics, Art and Desktop Publishing

Greig McArthur is a visual and graphic artist and performer. Originally from Scotland, where he studied at the Glasgow School of Art, he lives in Munich, Germany. Greig runs McArthur & McArthur Studios, a sex-positive art and event location. “The Studio” is a safe and welcoming space where all people have permission to explore themselves and their interests in an open-minded, inspiring atmosphere. Together with Dr. Celina, he nurtures the kink, rope, and BDSM communities through regular workshops…

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Sue Merlino

Videographer and Video Editor

Sue wears many hats and loves to add the Sex Coach U video curriculum to her list of accomplishments. She has worked with both the archived footage and has captured the new footage to create the latest video curriculum that is available. Sue recently moved to the Los Angeles area from Boston, MA, and she enjoys working on podcasts in her home studio. She is also a Certified Hypnotherapist and Reiki Practitioner.

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Dr. Martha Tara Lee

AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator & Supervisor

Founder of Eros Coaching, Dr. Martha Tara Lee has four degrees including a Doctorate in Human Sexuality (2009) and Masters in Counseling (2017), and certifications in life coaching, relationship coaching, and sex therapy. Since 2011, she has been a certified sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Martha has worked directly with couples who have unconsummated marriage; men and women with sexual inhibitions…

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Sir Anthony Spease

Producer of ‘The Boom Doctors’ and Website Designer

Sir Anthony Spease is an essential part of the team at Sex Coach U. Not only is he the producer of the podcast hosted by Dr. Patti, “Your Boomalicious Life,” he also built the websites for Sex Coach U, World Association of Sex Coaches, and ASPEXtraining.com. He produced the famous online radio show, “The Boom Doctors,” which was hosted by Dr. Patti and Dr. Robert, for over 150 episodes…

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