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 to the good guys 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.
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 Naropa University in Boulder, CO, guided that vision.
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 (I’m Bulletproof & Paleo now) to downloading hundreds of knitting patterns online. 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.
Sex has always fascinated me and I believe I was born to be a sex therapist. I continue to advance my studies in human sexuality and relationships and I’ve partnered with Mental Health Partners in Boulder to implement on-going training in transgender issues for mental health providers. I’ve also started my writing career with a chapter in Transpersonal Sexuality. We never know where life will ultimately lead us, but I’m blessed to be doing exactly what I love in the beautiful city of Boulder.
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 15 years, learning from some amazing masters like Hirotsune Tashima.
Animals are a life-long love, and I’m definitely a die-hard cat lady (maybe even a crazy one). Suki Pie 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 Human Sexuality 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.