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Carbon Cafe and Bar has a great food and drink menu so be sure to get there early to find a seat and grab a drink!


Launching our Sex Therapy Certification Program in Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles!

We’re excited to be branching out and expanding to areas where the demand is great! As always, all of our trainings are open to all industries and professionals as we believe anyone that might have a conversation about sex with another, deserves high quality sex education.


Throughout the program you will:

1.) Attend 3 live (in-person) Sexceptional Weekends in the SHA region of your choice. We are currently in Austin, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles and Chicago with more coming soon.

2.) Take our online program with the national experts.


Complete number 1 and 2 above and earn 155+ AASECT CEs toward AASECT Certification. You will also automatically obtain the Sexual Health Alliance Certification when completing this program.

*Includes SHA online program + 3 in-person weekends in citie(s) of choice + Meet & Greet Parties with your cohort + Access to Online resource group and supervisor lists, "Do it for me" AASECT Application - we will fill it out with you, discussion sessions with THE experts, Welcome Swag Bag and more!


Sexual Health Alliance performs our Sex Nerd Trivia Set at the Unify Pleasure Carnival

We’re excited to be invited to perform our Sex Nerd Trivia Set at the Unify Pleasure Carnival Feb 14th, 2019!

Step right up and experience UNIFY's "Pleasure Carnival" at the Brick on Thursday, February 14th from 7-11pm. Sponsored by Kind Clinic!

Carnival games galore! Valentine's Day vendor market to get something for your sweetie!

Shop to your hearts content with:
Echale Books
Caricatures by Audrey
Pure Romance By LaureeB
Le’Bleu Apothecary
Akaimi Davis: Mixed Media Artist
Erotic Blueprints by David Miron

Is romance in your future? Ask our Fortune Teller! All dolled up? Swing by our photo booth with tons of fun props! Free bear hugs all night from the Renegade Bears of San Antonio - Fan Page!

Door prizes throughout the evening, and special prizes for those who step up for a rapid HIV test. Beverages and munchies will also be available.

Find out more info:

Be mesmerized by the beautiful Skharlott de la Noche of the SanAntonio Sistersof Perpetual Indulgence as our MC for evening!

Experience the oddities in our Drag Freak Show, starring MISS TAINT of Miss Taint’s Fright Night! These Drag Queens and Kings will delight you! 2 shows will titillate your senses!
Performances by: San Antonio's glamour ghoul Miss Taint, and the scandalous bearded queen Gena Cyde, and bucking twirling diva Naima Jackson- Hewitt , as well as members of the Haus of Coven - Haus elder and opulent drag entity Paradox Rei, the sensual, sultry ladyqueen Taryn Tino, Texas' only heterosexual male drag queen, the alluring, ominous Vanta Blvck, and one of Haus of Coven's drag kings, the spectacular MysterySA!

Be awed by the extraordinary feats of the POLYACROUS who defy gravity on the trapeze and tumble into your heart. Don't worry, you get 2 chances to witness their super human skills!

Round out your evening by warming up your biggest organ with a Sex Nerd Trivia hosted by the Southwest Sexual Health Alliance! Have your phones ready to answer all questions regarding pleasure and sex!

18+, carpooling is highly encouraged! Questions? Contact us at 210-261-3616 or

We can’t wait to perform for y’all at the Pleasure Carnival presented by UNIFY San Antonio this Thursday 2/14 at Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex 🎟

The alternative scene of SA is ready to present a freakshow of drag oddities , with two sets you don’t want to miss ! Never seen a drag show before ? Now is the perfect opportunity to do so - tipping is customary so be sure to bring some loose bills . Broke ? No worries - we feed off of audience applause and noise , because it’s what? FREE ! 

Miss Taint - @miss_taint
Paradox Rei - @theparadoxrei

MEMBERS OF Haus of Coven
Vanta Blvck- @missvantablvck
Mystery SA- @therealmysterysa
(Taryn Tino)- @taryn_tino_

Gena Cyde- @queengenacyde 
Naima Jackson-Hewitt- @jesseaholton82

High Praise for Dr. Justin Lehmiller! Our 2018-2019 Speaker for Sexual Health Alliance!


Our Sexceptional Lecturer, Dr. Justin Lehmiller continues to outstanding praise and media coverage. He has been on a world tour with the Sexual Health Alliance to deliver trainings to all types of professionals in Denver, CO, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Los Angelos, CA, Chicago, IL and Seattle, WA. Visit our Events tab at the top of the page to find all upcoming events!

TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT Book tour Media Coverage

Major features (print and online)

The Wall Street Journal

The Australian (reprint of WSJ article)

The New Zealand Herald (reprint of WSJ article)

The Daily Mail (U.K.) 

NUVO (Indianapolis paper) 

De Morgen (Begium newspaper)


Mel Magazine


The Sunday Times (U.K.)

Psychology Today (book review by Michael Aaron) (Q&A with Wednesday Martin) (post by David Ley) (post by Ari Tuckman)

Herald Sun (Australia)

The Sun (U.K.) 

Daily Mirror (U.K.)

Bild (German tabloid)


Metro (U.K.) 

The I (U.K.) 

The Independent (U.K.)

VICE/TONIC (book excerpt)
USA Today

Republished in the Battle Creek Enquirer (Michigan) in print

Ask Me Anything on Reddit (July 10) 

New York Journal of Books (review)

Naked at Our Age by Joan Price (review)

The Atlantic

The Indianapolis Star

Republished in USA Today:

Republished in Cincinnati Enquirer:

Republished in Louisville Courier Journal: 

The Cut

Republished in CNN Chile: 

Chicago Tribune

Republished in Arizona Daily Star: 

Republished in the Santa Barbara News Press (print only)

Of Sex and Love Blog (review)

Boston Globe


Men’s Health Magazine (print) – “Ask an Advisor” feature entitled “Reel Sex” published in the September 2018 issue

Romance Daily News 


Yahoo Brazil



NUVO (online and in print)

The New York Times (review)

Published in print on October 21, 2018

Huffington Post

Elite Daily

Politico (op-ed written by me)

Covered in Rolling Stone

Covered in Yahoo 

Covered in Yahoo News UK 

Covered in Indy100 

Covered in IFL Science

Covered in LGBTQ Nation 

Covered in Inquisitor

Covered on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 

Information (Danish newspaper) 

Glamour Paris 

The California Therapist (book review by Dr. Marty Klein in the September/October 2018 issue) 

Book review by author Piers Anthony in his HiPiers newsletter (November 2018) 


Cosmo – book will be featured in Sex Q&A (October). Will also be mentioned in January issue in a piece on fantasies

Psychology Today (print edition – they will be reprinting some of my blog posts about the book in the November/December issue)

Playboy (German Edition) - November

Radio, Podcasts, and TV

Savage Lovecast – interview with Dan Savage on July 3, 2018 

Sex with Dr. Jess Podcast – interview on July 6, 2018

Pleasure Mechanics Podcast – July 13, 2018 

Talk Louisiana – July 18, 2018 

Airtalk (NPR and KPCC) – August 6, 2018

You: The Owner’s Manual (Radio MD) – August 7, 2018 

The Psychology Podcast with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman – recorded August 22, 2018 

Covered in Scientific American: 

Her podcast (Radio MD) – recorded August 23, 2018 

Me Time with Frangela (Television program) – August 23, 2018 and October 23, 2018

Science of Sex podcast with Dr. Zhana Vrangalova – recorded September 26, 2018 

Doctor Radio (Sirius XM) with Dr. Virginia Sadock – October 1, 2018

Savage Lovecast (second appearance) – recorded on October 9, 2018 

Tell Me Everything (Sirius XM) – Interview with John Fugelsang – October 16, 2018

Sex with Emily podcast – October 23, 2018 

Sexology podcast with Dr. Nazanin Moali – recorded November 2, 2018 

The Ersties Podcast (based in Berlin, Germany) - November 13, 2018

Sex with Strangers podcast – November 13, 2018

BBC Radio – Sex Takeover – November 20, 2018

Why Are People Into That?! Podcast – December 10, 2018

Book Mentions (not specifically about the book, but mention the book)




IO Donna (Italian women’s magazine) 


Metro (UK)


Women’s Health (Australia)


Chicago Tribune (online and in print)


The Science Advice Goddess - column by Amy Alkon

(Syndicated in about 100 newspapers, many of which are print only)


The Advocate (October/November print issue and also online) 

The Atlantic 

Mel Magazine

Toronto Sun

An Outpouring of Kindness Benefitting the Kind Clinic this Thursday!

AUSTIN - Hang out at Pour Choices this Thursday evening and half of the tab goes towards The Kind Clinic!

PLUS The Sexual Health Alliance is a sponsor and we will have prizes and giveaways including tix to our next event!!

The Kind Clinic is an AMAZING resource in ATX. They offer FREE services and support to the community on all things sexual health and wellness related. See you there!!

Interview Dr. Richard Sprott on kink aware therapy & research

The Sexual Health Alliance interviews Dr. Richard Sprott with Heather McPherson, LMFT-S, LPC-S, CST.

Richard Sprott received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1994. As a researcher he has examined in detail the relationship between professional identity development and the development of professional ethics in medical doctors, ministers and teachers, and professional identity development in emerging fields of work.

Richard currently teaches courses in the Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies at California State University, East Bay and graduate and undergraduate level courses at various universities in the Bay Area, including UC Berkeley, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and Holy Names University.  He currently is Executive Director of CARAS – Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities.


Denver Happy Hour

We are pleased to invite you and your friends to an impromptu Happy Hour with Giveaways and Games sponsored by The Sexual Health Alliance, Uberlube, MysteryVibe and More on Friday June 15th @ 5:30pm Lobby Bar. Our Community Director, Emily Bridge, LPC alongside Samar Poorlakani, LPC will be handling Bingo Bango! and more fun (yes, similar to last year in Vegas). 

Hang out with us and learn about our upcoming full certification program we are developing with Dr. Chris Donaghue and all the other fun programs we run in our three regions and 7 cities.

The Sexual Health Alliance provides local training and community to all professionals and non-professionals. Our events and programming are intended to build community, spark dialogue and encourage collaboration. We build communities that are well-informed and all inclusive. We recognize that general therapists and medical professionals receive little to no education in sexuality in graduate training programs and it is a significant issue. We’re dedicated to bringing the brightest minds and biggest game changers in sexual health to the Southwest, Great Lakes, and Golden Coast. See you there! 

2018 Personal Letter about the Future of The Sexual Health Alliance

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Dear SHA Enthusiasts,
We have come a long way in such a short time and that's all thanks to the many that support us, show up, volunteer and contribute. Great friends and enthusiastic professionals have contributed in significant ways to our mission through leadership and advocacy. We ring in the new year with new ideas, new team members and collaborators. We plan on this year being big and bright for the field of sexual health and here at the Sexual Health Alliance, we hope to play a role in the sea of change we have seen gaining ground.

We invite you to join us in our plans for 2018. First, we welcome Dr. Chris Donaghue as our Director of Clinical Education for the Sexual Health Alliance. We're excited to bring more radical inclusion and education through Dr. Donaghue. 

Second, we have centralized all major positions so that we can be more consistent in our efforts. We’re also working to become more efficient with time and resources; this also means less paper. One way we plan on doing this is streamlining evaluations and CEUs to all be online. Speaking of the web, we have revamped our website to make it easier to find events - check it out:

As part of our core mission, we will continue providing the training that most therapists and healthcare providers never received through provocative dialogue and radical collaboration - our tag line. Radical collaboration means we are all inclusive and actively welcome all practitioners, partners and friends to our Sexceptional Lectures. Anyone that talks to clients, customers or peers about sexual health is encouraged to join in on the fun. The Sexual Health Alliance currently includes the Southwest, Great Lakes and Golden Coast Regions. Want one in your area? Start a Sex Nerd Book Club, Sex Nerd Trivia or more in your area.

Take a look below at our upcoming events in California and Texas. We hope to see you at a training or lecture in the near future!


Heather McPherson LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST                                                                                     CEO and Founder of The Sexual Health Alliance

Sex Book Club (February 2018)

Hey Sex Book Club Nerds,

I'm the new book club leader and so happy to have the book club starting up again!

The book we have selected for February 2018 is:
Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: The Illustrated Manual (1st Edition)
by Linda Weiner (Author),‎ Constance Avery-Clark (Author)

When:    Sunday February 18, 2018 @ 11:30am-1pm

Where:   Heather McPherson's Office, 2525 Wallingwood Drive, Building 12, Austin, TX 78746   

RSVP required by February 11, 2018 by emailing me at

Here's What It's About:
Sensate Focus in Sex Therapy: The Illustrated Manual is an illustrated manual that provides health professionals with specific information on the use of the structured touching opportunities used regularly by Sexologists to address their clients’ sexual difficulties (Sensate Focus 1) and enhance intimate relationships (Sensate Focus 2). This book is the only one to: vividly describe and illustrate the specific steps of, activities involved in, and positions associated with Sensate Focus; emphasize the purpose of Sensate Focus as a mindfulness-based practice; and distinguish between the purposes of Sensate Focus 1 and Sensate Focus 2. 

Through the use of artful drawings and descriptive text, this manual engages mental health and medical professionals and their clients by appealing to both the visual and the analytical. It discusses how modifications to Sensate Focus can be applied to diverse populations, such as LGBTQ clients, the elderly, the disabled, trauma survivors, and those with challenges such as Autism Spectrum, anxiety, and depression. The book also offers suggestions for dealing with common client difficulties such as avoidance, confusion, and goal directed attitudes. This comprehensive approach to Sensate Focus will remind readers of the beauty and power of touch while offering suggestions for moving from avoidance to sensory transcendence. 

Please make sure you have read and/or are familiar with the majority of the text and come prepared with a few talking points! 

I'll send a reminder email about the book club meeting in early February.  

Thank you!!


Jennifer McAdams, Ph.D.

Sex Nerd Trivia & Bingo Bango @ Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

Sex Nerd Trivia & Bingo Bango @ Alamo Drafthouse Mueller

Press Release:

Southwest Sexual Health Alliance's Signature "Not Yo Mama's Game Night" is now at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller Location every 4th Wednesday bringing a ton of joy to Barrel O' Fun, the bar within. "Our goal is to bring high quality sex education that is classy, fun and entertaining - something that Austin is missing," said CEO Heather McPherson, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST. 

"Not Yo Mama's Game Night" is organized and hosted by Emily Bridge alongside hosts Adam and Samar. See more about the next night HERE. It's always free to play and you are guaranteed to learn something too! Expand your sexual knowledge and play for the chance to win awesome prizes, furnished by Package Menswear, Forbidden Fruit, and Barrel O' Fun!


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The Sweet Spot, Top Tips for All Lovers

We're gearing up for Charlie to be in Texas soon and he just shared 3 tips with us as a preview to the Sexceptional Lecture!

Dr. Charlie Glickman will be in DALLAS & AUSTIN November 3rd & 4th!

3 tips to be a great lover by Charlie Glickman, PhD

1.) Consistent and steady touch usually works better than fast and jarring. Whether you’re using your hands, having oral sex, giving a spanking, having intercourse, or anything else, find a good rhythm and try to stick to it. Play some music with a good beat, if it helps. As arousal builds, you can go faster but if you can’t stay on the rhythm, slow down until you can. Faster isn’t always better.

2.) When touching your partner, think about the landing and the takeoff. Just like in a plane, a hard landing or takeoff can be jarring, distracting, or annoying. Keep it smooth for a sexier touch and you’ll offer them a sexier, more arousing touch.

3.) Instead of picking one move and staying with it, change it up every so often. For intercourse, try a different position or angle, or change the speed. For oral sex, erotic massage, or G-spot/prostate play, change your technique, or the pressure, or the tempo. If you do the same thing over and over, your partner’s body is probably going to tune it out. It’s a lot like food- eating the same thing for every single meal isn’t as much fun as changing it. You don’t need a zillion moves. Find 3-5 tips or techniques and cycle through them. (Note: when your partner is getting close to orgasm, keep doing what you’re doing.


We just launched Annual Membership!! Become a Sexual Health Alliance Member Today

Earlier this summer, we launched annual membership so that all of our members can formally state that are a part of a global organization that promotes sexual health. Many joined within the first couple weeks, and more join everyday. Join now and become a part of our family.

When you become a SHA member you get cool perks like: 

  • Access to exclusive members-only interviews from experts of the field
  • Access to members-only newsletter when new content is available 
  • VIP access & seating for selected events
  • Exclusive interaction with select lecturers
  • Access to members-only Facebook Group
  • And much more!

In addition to state licensure CEUs, we also offer AASECT CEs for those working toward becoming an AASECT Certified Sexuality Counselor, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and AASECT Certified Sex Educator.

See more information here.