MY BIO & background...
Gina Senarighi, MA, MS, CPC is a retired couples counselor and sex therapist, now full-time retreat coach, workshop facilitator, and author. She's been leading retreats for over twenty years. In that time she's developed a solid weekend retreat framework based in neuroscience, nonviolent communication, and positive psychology research that has transformed diverse relationships across the country.
Gina retired her couples counseling practice in 2016 to focus entirely on supporting couples in an intensive retreat and workshop format. Gina offers practical, proven skills to couples to transform their relationships.
Sustainable lasting change is her goal. Unlike other event leaders, she gives participants the tools to take home and support to stay on track post-retreat.
As a couples retreat coach, her background in coaching, psychology, mediation and communication training has enabled her to offer uniquely powerful tools to help couples overcome reactive patterns.
Her uniquely non-judgmental, inclusive approach to couples work puts even the most concerned participants at ease. She is not your average sit-and-nod supporter- she'll call you out, and always help you grow.
As one participant put it, "Gina never coddles me, but I always feel supported."
She frequently helps couples on the brink of divorce to renew connection and build secure relationships that thrive in shared happiness and intimacy.
Gina has helped couples reconnect sexually, repair trust after infidelity, overcome past issues, open relationships successfully, and communicate with compassion and care.
AS SEEN IN
INTERVIEWS & WRITING:
I believe my clients are whole, capable, and resourceful. It's my honor to join their journey.
I respect people who ask for help.
I believe in the power of authentic connected relationships.
Too many of us aren't enjoying our lives fully.
Creativity, learning, desire and passion are critical to well-being.
I've dedicated my life to eradicating isolation and shame.
Good people make terrible hurtful mistakes sometimes (and I know we still deserve love and compassion- even when we've screwed up).
Developing a closer more compassionate relationship with oneself is the gateway to healthier happier relationships with others.
In our culture of busy, I know we need more rest, space, and tenderness.
We all crave belonging, connection, and authenticity and we're all a little afraid of it sometimes.
I believe every person has unique gifts to share. I love helping people discover them.
I know intimate interpersonal passion is directly related to intimate inner-personal passion.
Happy healthy healers make a happy healthy world.
Most of us are given poor relationship education and tools to love, but I believe we all want love.
walking my talk...
I donate 20% of my income each month to support the work of these powerful organizations:
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What I've Learned in School:
BSE in Social Studies Education, 2002 (because I was going to be a History teacher)
BA in Women's Studies, 2002 (because when everyone questions feminism it helps to have books to reference)
BS in Geography, 2002 (because I really, really like maps)
MS in Higher Education, 2004 (because I used to teach college students to be leaders)
MA in Counseling Psychology, 2010 (because I wanted to teach people to love themselves & others better)
My Certifications and Trainings:
Kinsey Institute Sex Educator Certification, 2004 (where I started talking to people about passion & sex)
Nonviolent Communication Intern, 2005-2008 (where I learned about ask for what you want & really listen)
Family & Neighborhood Mediation Intern, 2005-2009 (where I learned about repairing relationships & trust)
National Coalition Building Institute, 2007 (where I learned what to do with internalized oppression)
Compassionate Listening Project, 2008 (where I focused on the importance of being heard in order to heal)
Invite Change - Transformative Coach Certification, 2006-2008 (where I learned my transformative life coach skillz)
People's Institute Northwest, 2007, 2008, 2009 (where I really practiced listening & reflecting on privilege)
Trauma Stewardship Institute, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (where I learned to prioritize of self care & balance)
LGBTQ Therapist Certification, 2010 (where I got real official about serving a fabulous community)
Relationship Research Institute Intern, 2010 (where I learned all about fighting, making up & building trust)
Positive Psychology Certification, 2013 (where I learned the science of happiness & tools to build happy lives)
Daring Way Facilitator Certification, 2014 (where I learned all about resiliency, courage, shame, & belonging)
Desire Map Licensing Program, 2014 (where I got clear about desire & goals)
What I'm Learning Now:
Yoga Therapy Certification (because I help people connect with their bodies)
International Coaching Federation (because ethics are important to me in my professional work)
American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, & Therapists (because learning about sex is essential to understanding human relationships & I want to keep learning forever)