LaidOpen explores the naked truth about sexuality, from trauma to transcendence. Join us for honest conversations whether you are turned on or can’t find the switch. Get questions answered about how to take baby steps towards having connected sex. This podcast is for post-trauma thrivers and their loved ones to understand how all forms of trauma affect sexual expression.

Charna has spent over two decades helping people heal and find pleasure in their bodies. Every week she shares her own story, answers your questions, offers practical exercises, and interviews other survivors, as well as experts and authors in the field of somatics, trauma, healing modalities, mindfulness, and the arts.

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Charna Cassell, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Master Somatic Coach talks with her friend Amy MacClain, a master facilitator, executive coach and curriculum developer, about the ways in which her life story has informed her belief that all different kinds of trauma shapes sexuality. Charna also explains how she uses her somatic work to help people discover what sexual freedom means to them. Plus, she guides a pelvic floor practice for grounding and managing anxiety.

Amy MacClain is a social storyteller and healer, committed to building a more resilient, equitable and accountable world. She trains, consults and designs to help others create change that lasts and is relevant in real life – raising consciousness, building community and bringing justice into unstoppable action. She does this by narrating the healing journey in song, coaching white folx to dismantle systemic oppression and offering engaging interactive experiences within which we can heal and explore. 

Deep gratitude to Amy Macclain for being my cohost, Sabrina Cognata my editor, Harry Gold my sound engineer, and Ben LeRoy for web design and a kick in the butt to go for it.

Charna Cassell photograph courtesy of Candace Smith.
Amy MacClain photograph courtesy of Andrea Scher.