Hello! I’m Michelle Renee, a human connection coach and surrogate partner based in the Baltimore/DC area, serving both Philadelphia and San Diego monthly. How did I become a human connection coach? Great question! When my marriage of 18 years ended in the spring of 2014, I wondered what I would grow up to be. That’s about the same time I found a sex educator named Betty Dodson. After attending Betty’s workshop, BodySex, I knew I wanted to work in hands-on sex education.
Looking for opportunities to educate my Michigan community, I trained with Cuddlist to be a professional cuddler, a very new industry, at the very beginning of their launch in December 2015. Professional cuddling, aka Cuddle Therapy, was actually a great way to get into sex education. I was teaching my clients the building blocks to a quality sex life – communication, consent, and boundaries. I also certified as a Cuddle Party facilitator, another opportunity to support my community in learning how to connect while being very mindful of consent and boundaries.
In late 2019 I relocated from San Diego to the Baltimore area and began working with clients in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. So far my clients have traveled from as far as New York. I also travel back to San Diego California, monthly, to work with clients across Southern California. Additionally, I’m often in West Michigan. Location doesn’t have to be a limiting factor. I love to travel!
In my private life, I’m a mother to two sons and a dog mom. I have a supportive partner and I contribute to multiple sex-positive, gender, sexuality, and relationship diverse communities. I come to this work with maturity and a history rich with experience. It sometimes feels like my entire life was to bring me to this work. I love what I do.
Certifications and Trainings:
Like A Pro – The Wheel of Consent for Practitioners (2021)
Rethinking the Erotic: Creating Therapeutic Environments that Center Ace and Aro Experiences (2021)
Neuro Somatic Processing Training (2021)
Working in the Expanded Triadic Model – Surrogate Partner Therapy (Integrative Mind Body Therapies 2019)
Mental Health First Aid (2019)
Advanced Cuddlist Training (2018)
Deep Listening with Kassandra Brown (2018)
Foundations of Facilitation (2016 and again in 2018)
Certified Cuddle Party Facilitator (2016)
Cuddlist Certified Touch Practitioner (2015)