TESTIMONIALS

Clients

"My partner and I were very pleased to have the opportunity to meet and work with Cyndi Darnell. While Cyndi is a professional in her field of work and knowledge, her bubbly personality, soft and nurturing approach, yet modern and straight to the point fun sessions ensured we felt safe, comfortable and relaxed during our time working together.

Any skepticism, doubts, and uncertainty we were experiencing at the beginning quickly disappeared with Cyndi’s help, as we learnt, embraced and felt emotions and experiences we didn’t even know we were missing. She was with us every step of the way, our sessions were completely professional, no sleaze or discomfort. If anything Cyndi’s personality shone through and made us feel we had known her for years thus enabling us to focus on ourselves easily.

We feel because of Cyndi, we have been able to bond and connect deeper, not just emotionally but also sexually. Through techniques taught to us together we experience more gratifying and intimate love making. Cyndi’s sessions are very therapeutic, self-discovering, emotional and stimulating.

We without hesitation recommend Cyndi Darnell to everyone! Couples or singles. Cyndi will teach you and help you find that something inside yourself that you don’t even know was missing.” – Sam

“Thank you Cyndi for all your help. We had no idea what to expect going into our first session but we were thrilled with all the new knowledge that you taught us. It was definitely a eye opener for the both of us. Your fun and easy going personality really made us feel comfortable and relaxed. 
Thanks for a life changing experience” – Anna & Carl

”Sessions with you gave my partner and I a safe space to openly discover and discuss the hidden pains lurking in our relationship, airing them before they festered any longer. I most appreciated your particular brand of honesty, and felt you were speaking my heart’s language, with restraint and emphasis where required. We had complete confidence in your knowledge and experience, but more importantly, felt a trust in you to care for both of us equally – a firm yet warm and respectful care to help us speak easily and listen intently so that we could gradually move to a place of new understanding. I’ve just returned from a weekend with my family (a usually challenging space which trigger my shame buttons) and feel our sessions have helped me be more authentic, present and closer to all the people I love. A big sincere thank you for being just what we needed when we needed it. I strongly recommend anyone wanting to learn more about their sensitive buttons and erotic mind to get in touch with you. It’s quite possible we will see you again soon!” – Mia

Cyndi Darnell was recommended to me by a friend for my partner and I after hearing her on the Sex With Emily podcast. I am glad I picked her. We had been to other couple's counsellers before, but Cyndi was definitely the most insightful. She really understands sex problems and helped us get our sex life moving. She helped us understand what was going on for us and I felt she really 'got' it. - Sarah

Cyndi helped me a lot during a difficult time in my life. She's truly open minded and not judgemental. Really knows her stuff. Definitely worth the time and investment. - Trevor

I worked with Cyndi for a couple of years when she was still in Australia. From the first session I felt comfortable with her and she made me feel like what was going on for me was normal. Our sessions were actually fun and I looked forward to them. I'm so bummed she moved to New York so if you get a chance to work together, take it. She's really knowledgeable and makes problems easier to understand. She really helped me. - Lauren

I was reluctant to get help about intimacy but Cyndi Darnell helped me with some problems in my relationship that I'd had for years. She moved here from Australia and that seemed to make a difference for me. She has a different approach to sex and relationship coaching which helped me feel immediately at ease. Cyndi was super friendly during our sessions together, they were fun. Highly recommended. - M

Things have been on the whole great after our sessions with you. The sessions led to very productive discussions about emotional and organisational labour divisions in our relationship which was impacting our sex life. But really, even though it was only one exercise you gave us to do, we practiced it and it has helped immensely in opening up discussions about mental blockages, giving and receiving energy and pleasure, self-esteem, body image, and working around bodily trauma. So thank you very much, we are on more of a productive path sexually than in years, or ever really.
 
I believe we will be back in the future as we figure out more and need guidance as necessary. But for now many thanks for your knowledge and work with us.  – Ronette and Ted
 
 

Peers

Cyndi is an expert’s expert. Warm and delightfully disarming, her compassionate and incisive approach to therapy is not only effective but the gold standard in her field. I send all my clients, colleagues and friends to her when they ask for a referral and without exception, they have all thanked me for it. Plus, she has a great sense of humor. What more could you ask for?

- Elle Chase ACS.  Author of Curvy Girl Sex.

Cyndi Darnell is one of the most important voices on the international sex coaching scene. Cyndi has been studying sexuality in all it's glorious and inglorious forms for twenty years. Armed with advanced degrees in sex therapy as well as two decades of practical experience, she is an international force for sexual awakening and global erotic interconnectivity. Cyndi is one of those rare individuals who is as brilliant in a one-on-one session as she is running a workshop. She is also one of the world's best organizers of sex-positive dialogs and events, bringing together international voices to discuss, implement and organize positive change and growth in personal, social, political and spiritual aspects of conscious sexuality. On top of all this, she is one of the warmest, funniest, most genuine human beings I know. -

-Barbara Carrellas. Sex Educator, Gender Activist and Acclaimed Author of Urban Tantra.

Cyndi Darnell is a leader and a role model. Her creation of Pleasure Forum is just one example of her ability to build space and bring together diverse communities for meaningful dialogue about sexuality and relationships. She champions sexual awareness and empowerment for everyone, including people whose erotic identities and expressions fall outside the mainstream. Her work with individuals, couples, and groups changes peoples' lives. Savvy, sensitive, and incredibly smart, she embodies the future of sex education around the globe. 

—Tristan Taormino.  Author, Thought Leader & Sex Educator. 

Cyndi Darnell is a sex nerd. She is fascinated by sex, pleasure, and relationships and wants to help the world get the most out of their lives, bodies and relationships whether with lovers, solo play or other adventures of the body and mind. She has inspired my passion to be a sex-positive advocate and educated me greatly on the many and varied ways to love and pleasure. Cyndi is at the forefront of this new and exciting movement to move away from outdated ideas of relationships, bodies, and sex into a new place where we feel no shame in finding a good fit and keep learning, playing and pleasuring. I can't recommend her highly enough as a speaker, consultant, educator or therapist.

-- Catherine Deveny. Writer, Comedian, Social Commentator

On behalf of IHI Therapy Center, I'd like to thank you, Cyndi, for leading a very engaging and informative talk about sex and sex therapy with our group of interns, as part of our educational presentation series. Our interns appreciated your 'no-bullshit' approach blending warmth, wit, and wisdom which made your talk very compelling and also entertaining. You really seem to know your stuff and to care deeply about the work that you do. We'd love to have you back again in the future.

- Kristy LaRocca, LMHC IHI Therapy Center New York City. Intern Coordinator Staff Therapist

Cyndi is unlike any presenter in this space. We had the pleasure of having Cyndi come to speak to our professional network to ask the question: are we having the right conversations about lesbian, bisexual and queer woman’s sexuality? Cyndi provided a highly engaging learning experience grounded in evidence-based content and enhanced by a passionate and nuanced provocation to lean into our learning edges. A highly skilled speaker, Cyndi’s unique combination of education, practice experience, personal wisdom, and humor helped create the ideal space to challenge the assumptions of our practice and policy frameworks.

- Jackson Fairchild. Manager - Counselling, Family Violence, and AOD Services Programs. Victorian AIDS Council. 

We recently hosted Cyndi Darnell at our College where she gave a presentation titled “Sex and Dating in the 21st Century” and the event proved to be wildly popular.  While the main theme of the presentation was the importance of consent, Cyndi presented it in a way that wasn't preachy and approached the topic from a sex-positive point of view, while being very sensitive to the diversity of sexual experience represented in the audience.  Some other topics that were discussed were gender and sexual identity and diversity, the importance of communication in every relationship and respect.  The presentation closed with a Q & A session where Cyndi answered all questions thoughtfully and honestly.  Feedback received after the event was overwhelmingly positive and I would recommend Cyndi to other university communities. 

- Kristen Doran-Stawiarski. Community Advisor. Ormond College, University Of Melbourne.

I am writing on behalf of the committee of the Women’s Wellness West Network to thank you for your participation in our seminar ‘Sex in the City’ on November 7th, 2013. We received many positive comments from attendees in regard to your interesting, informative and entertaining presentation - “Women, Lust & Desire: An Approach to Sex Therapy”. It was a pleasure to watch you engage with the audience. I and the others enjoyed your presentation enormously. You are a fantastic, genuine presenter that people warm up to quickly.

--Professor Lily Stojanovska MSc. Ph.D. Acting Director Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management. College of Health and Biomedicine. Victoria University 

Cyndi Darnell is an adult sex education expert with many years experience and a positive approach which is gentle and not at all “sleazy”. She is interested in a wide range of issues relating to sexuality and wellbeing and understands that sexual pleasure is an integral part of sexual health. Her education work embeds sexual health information within this framework. She is experienced in working with a wide range of people, meeting where they are and pursuing the issues that matter to them. She has a real commitment to this work.    

--  Professor Anne Mitchell.  Deputy Director- Australian Research Centre in  Sex Health & Society. (ARCSHS)

Cyndi Darnell presented at our recent Women’s Health Night “What Women Want” at the Birregurra Community Health Centre on the 17th June 2014. The response from the audience, 120 women from the ages of 21 – 80 years was overwhelmingly positive. Cyndi was very warm in her presentation and normalized the usually fraught subject of sex and women’s libido. Cyndi had the women’s full attention and tailored her talk to the audience and the time constraints. A true professional.

- Susan Langridge Community Health Nurse.  Birregurra Community Health Centre.

  • "I enjoyed Cyndi's talk, I thought how gifted a speaker she is and how relaxed, funny and informative she was."
  • "Cyndi {was an} excellent speaker"
  • "Thank you for talking openly about sex and love without guilt"
  • "Cyndi's talk was very good. I also learned information tonight relevant for my granddaughters who have not yet started their periods"
  • "Very informative, funny but good information. Loved it"
  • "Great presentation. Cyndi very easy going and enlightening. Absolutely refreshing" 
 
It is with great pleasure that I write to commend the skill and professionalism of Cyndi Darnell. Cyndi moderated the 2012 festival’s SEX, LOVE AND INTIMACY forum. The Other Film Festival is presented by Arts Access Victoria and is recognized nationally and internationally as the world’s leading disability film festival. The festival achieved this reputation by ensuring that the experience and aspirations of people with a disability or who are deaf is at the center of everything that the festival does. This forum is a perfect example of this commitment.

The festival met with many people working in the field of disability, recreation, and sexuality prior to selecting an appropriate moderator. It was very clear to us that Cyndi would be the perfect person to perform this difficult task. She listened actively to our expectations and concerns about the staging of this intimate discussion, she identified issues that might arise and proposed strategies to manage conflict or distress and she demonstrated a level of compassion and generosity which reassured us that the presenters and audience would be conducted in a safe environment. It was also clear to us that she had an excellent grasp of the complex sexual terrain the forum would cover.The forum itself attracted in excess of 200 people who heard from a panel of speakers that included a sex worker specializing in working with men with disabilities, a gay man from rural Victoria with cerebral palsy and a fondness for Grindr and a self-confessed “benster queer amputee freak”.In an environment where there was an unprecedented level of disclosure of sexual preferences, intimate activities and sexual abuse, Cyndi was the calm center of these passionate, humorous and sometimes painful confessions. She was able to move adeptly from acknowledging the importance of what someone had shared with the audience onto allowing others to make their own contribution.It is also important to recognize that Cyndi was able to create space for people with complex communication needs to participate in the discussion in a meaningful way. In this, she shares the festival's commitment to access, inclusion and social justice.

--Rick Randall. Arts Access Victoria - The Other Film Festival - Festival Director

Workshops

Thank you for your fabulous workshop on the weekend! You were exactly what we'd hoped for - empowering women with knowledge and practical tips for more fun and enjoyment - and you did it all in a very entertaining way!!  You have definitely found your calling and are great at what you do!
 
-  Fiona 
Sex Fire and Freedom is a warm, safe and positive space for women to truly comprehend and express their sexuality, their thoughts, their fears, and their triumphs. A total cleansing experience, that opens your heart and nourishes your mind. Cyndi guides and educates with grace and poise – this workshop is a definite must for every sensual woman who’s yearning for just that little bit extra.
– Jessica
 
Everyone in the whole world should do this workshop
 
 – Dina
 
The workshop was beautifully structured and flowed in a way that really facilitated my unfolding. The women in the group were gorgeous respectful and loving. I feel in my power and look forward to my future relating, blossoming and my confidence soaring. Thank you, Cyndi.
 
 – Shae
 
Enjoyed the energy and sense of humour. Would be keen to do more. 
 
– Fiona
 
Thank you, Cyndi, for an amazing workshop- that was inspiring and FUN! 
 
– Tina
 
Beautiful day overall- a REAL pleasure. Very effective. 
 
– Cathy
 
Real, grounded and professional. LOVED it!
 
 – B
 
Beautiful, powerful, life-changing.
 
 – Alya
 
Thank you for your awesome workshop!  It was fun, engaging, and gave me lot’s of tools to use when I feel like I’m getting stuck.  You helped me rediscover my inner fire! I can’t recommend you highly enough.
 
– K
 
Sometimes in life, you don’t know what you don’t know. Cyndi guides and teaches you things about yourself & life that you may not have anticipated and you’re so much better for it. She’s a wise, warm wonder woman.
 
-Lil
 
Thanks, Cyndi for setting me on a path of exploration and allowing me to enjoy myself and my partner.
 
– Tam
 
Cyndi created an environment for us which was safe, non-judgmental and respectful.  The women who attended openly shared their stories if they chose to and I felt supported and grateful to be surrounded by such beautiful and caring women. This workshop was one of the most valuable investments I have made – time and money wise.  The relationship we have with ourselves is the most important one and I would highly recommend attending this wonderful day.  You will come out with a better understanding of who you are.
 
– Sally
 
I can truly say the experience has been life altering for me! The path of self-discovery it has sent me down has been amazing….The workshop was run by Cyndi and her lovely assistants and was very professional and very well run… A lot of planning and organizing obviously went into it and this made the day an enjoyable journey of learning…. With a number of like-minded ladies sharing thoughts and ideas its certainly an experience, I wish to repeat…
 
– Rebecca
 
Sex, Fire, and Freedom with Cyndi Darnell were just what I needed.  It helped me to get clear on what I want and need from a sexual relationship and gave me the strength to give myself permission to ask for it!  Thanks, Cyndi.  Looking forward to a more sexually fulfilling future.
 
- Karen
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