I’ve Always Wanted to Help Others
My earliest aspiration growing up was to become James Bond. I loved the idea of traveling to exotic locations, gathering secret intelligence at lavish parties and helping the “good guys” win with a few martial arts maneuvers and witty remarks. While I never made it past day one of karate class, and my spy lingo is sorely lacking, I have enthusiastically maintained a lifelong love of world travel and a curiosity for figuring out how to help deliver the goods in a way that assists people in achieving profound healing and joy. With a social justice mindset, I wanted to make a difference for people whose voices weren’t being heard, honored and respected, and I focused on multicultural diversity in college while fully embracing women’s spirituality and sexual diversity. In 1994, I graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors in Sociology and American Indian Studies.
How I Became Interested in Therapy
Inspiration hit when a friend invited me to a workshop on past life regression led by a hypnotherapist. I became instantly fascinated with the spiritual connection between hypnotherapy, the possibility of past lives and the depth of the subconscious to hold all of our secrets and the key to healing. After the workshop, I went home and began obsessively reading and spending hours every day in meditation and practicing self-hypnosis, exploring an exciting new universe that led me to study clinical hypnotherapy at Wesland Institute in Tucson, AZ. As a certified hypnotherapist in private practice, I was continually awestruck with the human capacity for turning challenges into opportunities for growth and development. Then I started to wonder about the role the body plays in healing.
Body Meets Mind and Spirit
In 1998, I graduated from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, AZ, with a 1000-hour certificate in massage therapy. Now I could help clients access more of their whole beings and bring the mind-body-spirit framework into my customized, dynamic bodywork sessions. Over the next 15 years, I continued my education with additional training and took on more clients with highly complex physical issues. I experienced firsthand the emotional processing that inevitably occurs within minutes of a cranial sacral balancing session, and the tears that come when a client suddenly realizes how long they had been holding onto muscular pain rooted in childhood trauma. Reflected in my highly diverse clientele of all ages and backgrounds were patterns that created limits to who these individuals felt they were and where they could go in life. When I learned to recognize these patterns, I aspired to provide a higher level of service to those who were ready to take the next step in personal transformation, and I knew it was time to become a psychotherapist.
Rose Guides Me to Mindfulness
Once a week for about a year, I brought my massage table to the assisted living apartment of the spunkiest woman alive, Rose. This 94-year old woman had lived an extraordinary life as a Turkish feminist, carving a spiritual path that would lead her to study with many world-renown teachers and her decision to go back to school for a social work degree in her 50s. Even though I was spiritually eclectic and respected a vast range of beliefs, I had not explored mindfulness or Buddhism beyond a few random books. It was Rose who handed me a worn copy of Pema Chödron’s, When Things Fall Apart, which I devoured in a couple of hours while fireworks exploded offevery page. This was what I was looking for, and not just for my own path of discovery, but in the lens that made the most sense when applied to psychotherapy, and a Masters degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, CO, made that vision a reality.
The Mindful Path of Sex Therapy
Everyone who knows me says I’m like a dog with a bone when I encounter something that speaks to me, from adopting a raw vegan lifestyle for three years to taking dozens of trainings and downloading hundreds of articles on any topic that piques my curiosity. Diving deep into mindfulness studies at Naropa was the catalyst that helped realign my vision as a holistic practitioner with an awakening transpersonal approach to sexuality, my most favorite topic and part of being human. I’m forever grateful for the many tools that Naropa gave me, as I strongly believe before I can fully assist others in healing, I need to use those same tools to transform myself.
With an insatiable passion for helping others to awaken to the beauty of diversity and to delight in their own unique expressions and experiences of gender, sexuality, their bodies and relationships, I have discovered a joyful fit as a sex therapist, coach and educator. As my drive for learning demonstrates, I continue to enthusiastically attend a variety of workshops and seminars to further build upon my counseling skillset. To date, I have received certificates in five types of couples counseling, dream training, Applied Experiential Psychotherapy (AEP), sex therapy courses, Intuitive Eating, and more.
Towards a PhD in Critical Sexuality Studies
Well before I pursued my counseling degree, sexuality, gender, relationships, and the body have all been central to my 24-year practice. My commitment to collaborate with individuals, relationships and communities toward creating inclusivity in sexual, gender and relationship identity and expression, has in turn led me to a doctoral program in Critical Sexuality Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. This cutting-edge program is only one of three accredited human sexuality PhD programs in the United States (the other two include the University of MN and Weidner University), and it’s the first to become a critical sexuality program.
My scholarship and research interests are broad and incorporate sexuality and gender within topics of queer phenomenology, diverse erotic and relational paradigms, biohacking and wellness culture, body positivity and size acceptance, neoliberalism, critical race, intersectionality, decolonization and whiteness studies, existential methods in sex therapy, and far beyond.
As I am soon to embark on my dissertation, I am excited to have already co-authored a few book chapters, lectured nationally and internationally, and have taught academic courses at Naropa University on multicultural diversity in counseling, as well as supervised counseling students during their practicum internships, created a course on human sexuality for graduate students, and continue to teach an undergraduate course in Feminist and Queer Theory Methods of Inquiry.
Additionally, the thread of diversity and inclusion weaves itself within all that I study, teach and practice. This is manifest in the independent and joint consulting work that I have begun through Satori CS and Radix CS, respectively, and are reflected in the online courses that will be available soon through The Erotic Academy.
Outside The Office
When I’m not immersed in the world of sex therapy, you will find me at the local pottery studio with my hands covered in clay, happily throwing at the pottery wheel. Molding clay into bowls, jars or other vessels rejuvenates my creativity, and I’ve been squeezing in classes here and there for over 17 years, learning from some amazing masters like Hirotsune Tashima. Benefitting from the wide array of courses that many community colleges offer, I’ve also dabbled in welding, Mandarin Chinese, Emergency Medical Technology, and knitting.
Animals are a life-long love, and I’m definitely a die-hard cat lady (maybe even a crazy one). Uma is my current kitty companion, and like all of the cats I’ve been blessed to share my life with over the years, she reminds me to live in the moment and to be grateful for the small pleasures of life, like hugging a soft, fuzzy friend. When I’m resigned to being stuck under a purring kitty on a comfy chair, I love to read Japanese lit while listening to jazz and drinking coffee and have devoured all the works of Haruki Murakami, who happens to write about cats, jazz and coffee in every one of his books.
Learn More About Me & My Practice
I profoundly believe that inside each of us is an innate and infinite wisdom and that we can all discover not only healing but also how to thrive beyond what we thought was possible. Our journey is one of human connection, and we are wired to powerfully heal when we invite others to partner with us in our evolution. We all get stuck along the way, and it is with a lifetime of passionate commitment that I humbly offer my sex therapy and relationship counseling services to assist you in awakening your highest potential for living a fully embodied sexuality.
If would like to discover more about me or my practice, I invite you to contact me for more information.
Satori Madrone earned her Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University, Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota and is currently a Doctoral student in the Critical Sexuality Studies Ph.D. program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has completed training in couples counseling, AEP Relational Therapy, Sex Therapy, Prepare/Enrich® and AEP Dream Training. Satori is an LGBTQ and poly relationships advocate. She is a proud member of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF); Kink Aware Professionals (KAP); American Counseling Association (ACA); Colorado Counseling Association (CCA); Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC); and the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Her publications include a chapter titled Transpersonal Sexuality: A Paradigm Beyond the Normative, in Shadows and Light: Philosophy, Practice, and Pedagogy of Contemporary Transpersonal Counseling.