Ariel has been working in the field of body-focused therapies for over 20 years. On staff at the Esalen Institute throughout the 90's, she studied with sexuality experts Carolyn and Charles Muir, Margot Anand, Jack Rosenberg, Paul Carter and dozens of other somatic teachers. There she met Peter Levine, and is currently senior faculty of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which trains professionals world-wide in trauma recovery. She is a certified Somatic Sex Educator, a former doula and has a private practice specializing in sexuality and prenatal/early trauma. She is active in many Bay Area sex-positive communities that meet regularly to explore and discuss non-traditional relationships, including polyamory; safe, consensual sex; jealousy; and open, transparent communication.