Professional Certificate in Working with Vaginismus – 2nd intake

Posted On: October 17, 2023

Date(s) - 17/10/2023 - 05/12/2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Course Overview:

Vaginismus is a sexual condition that makes penetration difficult or impossible for people with vaginas. This is a psychological condition usually linked to fear of pain during penetration. It Is believed one in 20 people have this condition.

This in-depth practitioner training provides you with the skill and information you need to support your clients in moving beyond this condition, so they can reclaim a sense of safety in their bodies and be able to enjoy pain-free sex.

The training is the accumulation of knowledge, expertise, personal and professional experience of Relationship Counselor and Clinical Sexologist Dr Martha Tara Lee, who has specialised in supporting clients with Vaginismus over the last 14 years. It combines sex education, sex therapy, and somatic approaches, as well as her signature Formulae so that you too can support clients to overcome Vaginismus.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the training, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the online Sex Program “Sex Possible”
  • Demonstrate competency in sex counseling skills
  • Answer commonly asked questions from clients with Vaginismus
  • Demonstrate competency teaching and applying Dr Lee’s formulae to overcoming Vaginismus
  • Formulate a client treatment plan

Course Requirements:

To attain the certificate, you are required to

  • Attend 8 weekly virtual training and triad practices
  • Weekly classes being 3 hours per week; Triad sessions (groups of three) will be an additional 1.5 hours per week; and self study being another 0.5 hours per week.
  • Pass a verbal and a written exam
  • Demonstrate competency in three recorded sessions with volunteer clients (We will support you in finding these clients)


This training is for people with existing training and qualifications in working with sex, including Certified Sexological Bodyworkers, sex educators, sex counsellors, sex therapists or related helping professionals.

Course Structure:

Week 1 – What is Vaginismus?

  • Welcome and Overview of training
  • Course Expectations & Requirements
  • What is Vaginismus?
  • Common treatments – why they work/ why they don’t PLISSIT – a model for sex education
  • Conducting a successful intake
  • Principles of and difference between Coaching/ Counseling
  • How to locate the vagina?

Week 2 – What is Orgasm?

  • Sexual Response Cycle
  • Sexual Anatomy
  • Describing – What is an orgasm?
  • How do I get an orgasm?
  • Continues coaching and counselling skills
  • Counseling techniques: Paraphrasing and Summarisation How to masturbate if I don’t feel like it?
  • How to deal with persistent dryness?

Week 3 – What’s the formulae?

  • Kegels – does it make Vaginismus worse?
  • Down regulation, progressive muscle relaxation
  • Martha’s Signature Formulae

Week 4 – What’s to use for dilation?

  • Counseling technique: Reflection of feeling
  • Pain vs Pleasure, Practice vs Play
  • What to use for dilation
  • 3 common reasons why women are afraid of penetration with their partner
  • 3 inserting methods
  • 6 fingering techniques

Week 5 –  But I’m stuck at size 2?

  • Motivation/ Affirmations/ Positive thinking
  • Beyond being present and relaxed
  • Sex positions + Angle of penetration
  • Time management/ mood setting/ communication with partner
  • Kegels, Advanced Kegels, Heart-Vulva connection, Anal breathing

Week 6 – And my situation?

  • Answering commonly asked questions from people with Vaginismus
  • Clients with other conditions – Dyspareunia, unconsummated marriage, sexual trauma/ abuse Working with the partner
  • Understanding couple dynamics – opposites attract, difficult to talk about sex, ego, not about giving only

Week 7 – Exam Week

  • Verbal and written exam
  • You will submit 3 volunteer client recordings (People with Vaginismus)

Week 8 – End

  • Reflection

Supplementary Online Training

Access to Dr Martha Lee’s online training program on overcoming Vaginismus is included. It contains 28 videos released over 28 days.

Enrollment Process

The enrolment process includes a Zoom meeting with Martha. To be part of this important training, please send your completed enrolment form, along with 3 possible dates and times for a Zoom meeting, to:


Early bird price: AU$2,000 (The early bird price is available for full payment before July 30, 2023.)

Full price: AU$2,400 (Full payment must be made by October 3, 2023.)

Prices are in Australian dollars, and include GST

There is a non-refundable administration fee of $300.00 to secure your place in the training.

Refund Policy

There is a non-refundable administration fee of $300 Australian dollars, which secures your place in the training.
If you decide you cannot participate in the training before October 10, you will be refunded your money minus the non- refundable deposit of $300. There is no refund if you withdraw after the training commences on October 10, 2023.


Eros Coaching is an AASECT CE Provider (Organizational Provider). Eros Coaching will be able to issue 1 CE point for each hour of training.

More on AASECT CE Provider

An AASECT CE Provider is an individual or organization, approved by AASECT and committed to providing education that meets AASECT standards for helping individuals earn or maintain AASECT Certification.

Types of AASECT CE Providers

  1. Individual Provider – An Individual Provider must be an AASECT Certified Member and must present at least 80% of the training of each event. (Note: if presenting training with a partner who is presenting more than 20% of the total material the Provider must apply to be an Organizational Provider.)
  2. Organizational Provider I – An individual, group of individuals, private training center, school, accredited university/college, or other organization. Organizational Providers must have an AASECT Certified Member overseeing the planning of all training. The Organizational Provider I offers 40 or fewer AASECT CE credits per year and uses more than one expert to deliver the training.

    Organizational Provider II – An individual, group of individuals, private training center, school, accredited university/college, or other organization. Organizational Providers must have an AASECT Certified Member overseeing the planning of all training. The Organizational Provider II offers more than 40 AASECT CE credits per year and uses more than one expert to deliver the training.

When calculating CE credits, please use the following information:

  • 60 minutes = 1 CE credit; 90 minutes = 1.5 CE credits.
    • Each credit hour must have one learning objective
    • Increments of, 15 or 45 minutes are not permitted for 0.25 or 0.75 credits. For example, a segment scheduled for 1 hour 15 minutes will count as 1 credit; a segment scheduled for 1 hour 45 minutes will count as 1.5 credits.


You can access the training from anywhere in the world. The weekly classes from October are scheduled at 2pm Singapore time, which is:

4pm Queensland / 5pm NSW and VIC / 7pm New Zealand / 8pm Hawaii / 7am UK / 8am Europe

If you are in the Americas you are welcome to take the training, but the classes will be at night for you. You are welcome to join if you can make that work.

Otherwise, please send Peta at ISS your expression of interest on

If there is enough interest from your time zone, Martha may run another training early 2024.

Dates:  10 October 10 to 5 December 2023


Please read the full course description, available here. 

To register, complete the enrollment form  and email it to Dr Lee, along with 3 possible dates and times for a Zoom meeting, and copy in Peta at

After speaking with Dr lee and being accepted onto the training, Peta will send you the payment details. Payment is in Australian dollars.

Dr Lee is in Singapore. Her email address is

“I enjoyed attending this program, it is the most comprehensive program about vaginismus program I have attended so far. I appreciate that the teacher is from a conservative culture, which is much like mine. It validated my experience as a somatic sexologist and helped me embrace the challenges I face with my clients and appreciate and respect my culture and values. Thank you, Martha, for being so generous with your knowledge and answering every single question we had. I felt supported throughout the program and the application process.” – Yasmine
“It was a pleasure to learn from some with such an amazing experience with clients like Dr Martha. Her passion about teaching Vaginismus is contagious in a good way. I really enjoyed the content of the course and the methodology. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in working with Vaginas – Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us, Juan” (20 Nov 2023)

Facilitated by Dr. Martha Tara Lee

Dr. Martha Tara Lee has been a passionate advocate for positive sexuality since 2007. With a Doctorate in Human Sexuality and a Masters in Counseling, she launched Eros Coaching in 2009 to help individuals and couples lead self-actualised and pleasurable lives. Her expertise includes working with couples who have unconsummated marriage, individuals with sexual inhibitions and discrepancies in sexual desire, men with erection and ejaculation concerns, and members of the LGBTQIA+ and kink communities. Dr. Lee welcomes all sexual orientations and is available for online and face-to-face consultations. Martha speaks English and Mandarin.

She is the only certified sexuality educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) in the region (as of 2011) and is also an AASECT certified sexuality educator supervisor (as of 2018). She strives to provide fun, educational, and sex-positive events and is often cited in the media including Huffington PostNewsweek, South China Morning Post, and more. She is the appointed Resident Sexologist for Singapore Cancer Society, Of, and Virtus Fertility Centre. She is the host of radio show Eros Evolution for OMTimes Radio. In recognition of her work, she was named one of ‘Top 50 Inspiring Women under 40’ by Her World in July 2010, and one of ‘Top 100 Inspiring Women’ by CozyCot in March 2011. She is the author of Love, Sex and Everything In-Between (2013),  Orgasmic Yoga: Masturbation, Meditation and Everything In-Between (2015), From Princess to Queen: Heartbreaks, Heartgasms and Everything In-Between (2017), and {Un}Inhihibited (2019).

For her full profile, click here. Email her here.

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