About Me

I am so, so passionate about playing my part in making Ireland a more sex-positive, sex-literate nation – one where we can talk honestly and without shame about ALL aspects of sexuality. Topics that I cover include consent, boundaries, bodily autonomy, sexual communication, pleasure, protection, gender, body image, intimate relationships, healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours, sexuality, shame and stigma, anatomy, vaginismus and much more.

I strongly feel that sex-positive education and activism must be rooted in kindness, respect, and empathy. I am particularly interested in the political, sociological and psychological dimensions of sex and sexuality – how we are treated by ourselves, others, society, and the structures, systems and laws under which we live. I often get asked about how I came to be in this role, considering I come from a rural village in a country battling to recover from ‘The Catholic Hangover’, in which all things sex were steeped in shame, religious morality and secrecy.

My path to this role began in 2011, when I enrolled at University College Cork (UCC), where I studied Occupational Therapy (OT). I particularly loved the mental health dimension of OT, and my interest grew in topics such as gender, sexuality, body image, pleasure and how all these concepts can greatly influence our quality of life. My final year research explored the experience of being transgender in Ireland, the healthcare services that transgender people use and may have desired to access during their transition.
I graduated in 2015 and began my Masters in Health Promotion in National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), where I gained a greater insight into the many ways health can be shaped by factors such as individual traits, family, peers, schools, communities, socioeconomic status, law, the media and public policy. My thesis examined adolescent perceptions of the Body Image Peer Influence model. As part of this Masters, I also attended a Positive Psychology summer school course in the Netherlands, and began a student placement at Sexual Health West.

Upon graduating with my Masters, I began working at Sexual Health West part-time. During this time, I also worked as a UNESCO research assistant and subsequently a UNESCO research scholar. I studied empathy education in this role, as well as travelling to Penn State University on placement, tutoring and lecturing on topics such as Body Image and Sexuality, Research with Young People and Youth Development.

I realised that my heart was in my sexuality education role and so I began to work full time with Sexual Health West as a WISER Relationships and Sexuality Educator. This role brought me to many primary schools, secondary schools and alternative education settings in the west of Ireland, delivering the WISER RSE programme over 6 years to thousands of young people. It has also included updating and evaluating the WISER programme, website and social media management, writing, HIV testing, liaising with many other brilliant organisations, and engaging in community outreach, for instance with LGBTIQ+ groups and the Traveller Community. I also wrote a book for young people and anyone who has young people in their lives - 'Sex Educated' was released in November 2021 and can be purchased via the link on my Home page.

In 2020 – during lockdown – I began to develop my brand as an independent Sex & Relationships Educator under my fore and middle name; Grace Alice. And so, here we are!

As a sex educator and initmacy coach, I combine the knowledge, experience, and skills I have acquired through my studies and professional positions. I offer one-on-one and coupes coaching sessions and tailored workshops to groups, schools and organisations. I run an Instagram page which allows me to share info on many different topics, and engage with people passionate about sexual health promotion from all over the world. I also speak on podcasts, panels and am available for freelance writing and content creation work.
I founded a creative project called Words I Wish I Read – a platform through which users can write and publish letters to their past selves. The letters detail a wide variety of topics, such as abusive relationships, abortion, unplanned pregnancy, motherhood, eating disorders, sexuality struggles, and more.
I have also created an ongoing project called ‘Sex & the OT: Exploring Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Health Within Occupational Therapy’. I want to equip OTs with the necessary knowledge, skills and resources to address intimacy and sexuality in practice – a topic that is often neglected.
I have many more plans in place for Grace Alice. I finished training as a Sex and Relationships Coach with the Somatica Institute in March 2022. I hope you will stick around and see what it to come! Please check out my LinkedIn for all of this in more detail, plus info about my training and certifications.

Words I Wish I Read

I founded Words I Wish I Read as a creative platform, inspired by my experience of reflecting on an abusive relationship and the life lessons I have since learned. The project features letters written to each writer’s ‘past self’, which touch on everything from relationships to eating disorders, sexuality to self-esteem, mental health to motherhood.

Workshops

I am available to design and deliver tailored workshops to groups on many different topics related to relationships and sexual health. Info about a selection of my workshops can be found within the ‘Grace’s Work’ section. Please fill out the enquiry form which will provide me with more details of what you have in mind, and I will be in touch.

Have a Question?

Have a question? Want to work with me? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any query you may have. Please note that this form is not for making bookings for one-to-one sessions (please visit my Session Booking page for more details).

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Disclaimer

This service is fully limited to Sexuality Education. All advice is given in an honest manner and as guidance only. By using this service, you agree that you make your own decisions, relying solely on your discretion; any use you make of such answers, advice or services is at your own risk and ‘Grace Alice Sexuality Educator’ cannot be held responsible or be liable for any damages or losses resulting from your reliance on such answers or advice.

What is a peer-to-peer support session?

Firstly, let us start with what the session is not! I am not a practicing sex therapist, sexologist, medical professional, psychotherapist, psychologist, counsellor, or mental health professional. Therefore, I do not provide medical advice (although I may recommend that you seek guidance from a medical professional if appropriate) or a therapy service.

Sex & Relationships Education is a separate field to these professions, and I employ my own unique approach based on my qualifications, training, and experience. I hold an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy and a Masters degree in Health Promotion. I have over six years experience working as a Sex & Relationships Educator and have undergone continuous professional development and training. I also studied empathy education as a UNESCO scholar, which informs my approach. Details of my qualifications and training are available on my LinkedIn page – please see the ‘About’ page also!

Within a session, I offer a confidential and safe space for discussion of various issues relating to relationships and sexuality. I strive for a relaxed, informal vibe, where you can chat about something that you have been struggling with. I can offer a friendly and non-judgemental listening ear, suggestions on how you can approach your own personal situation, general information on the related topic(s) and details of relevant professionals, support services and organisations (usually in a follow-up email). I can accommodate sessions relating to many topics relating to relationships and sexuality – including but not limited to body image, sexual communication, consent and boundaries, protection, anatomy, vaginismus, porn, STIs and STI stigma, healthy and unhealthy relationships, gender and sexuality, pleasure, arousal, desire, infidelity, break-ups, dating, and more.  I want my clients to feel relaxed, comfortable, and free to talk without fear or shame, like they would with a very close friend!

How does a Booking work?

In a nutshell, you can contact me via the booking page on this site and request a booking. If I decide that a session with me would be a good fit for you, I will contact you and arrange a time and date!

Here is the pricing for sessions;

ServiceDurationCost
Standard Session1 hour€50
Student* Standard Session1 hour€40
   
*A valid student I.D. must be presented.  

Please note that the session must be paid for in full at least 24 hours prior to the session, using the payment method and details I will provide to you in an email. If you do not have PayPal, we can arrange another form of payment (Revolut or bank transfer – please factor in the extra time it will take you to set up an account if needed or the possible delay in bank transfers, this may slightly affect the scheduling of your session).

Due to the nature of this service, I cannot offer any refunds for any reason during or after a session.

However, if you have paid and can no longer attend the scheduled session, I can offer you a full refund if you notify me of the cancellation at least 48 hours beforehand. If you wish to reschedule, please notify me at least 48 hours before the time of the scheduled session, and we can work something out!

Am I guaranteed to have a session?

Imay choose not to do a session with you if I feel that I am unable to offer support or education relating to your situation. I will contact you to let you know if I have decided that my service is not a good fit for you, and I will offer some suggestions regarding more suitable professionals/organisations/services to contact.

Although we may chat about lots of different things during a session, if someone has clearly not been truthful in the booking form about the topic area that want to discuss and appear to have an ulterior motive in booking the session, I may choose to end the session. The same rule applies to a situation where someone is clearly not who they have stated they are in the booking form. 

I cannot offer sessions to anyone under the age of 18 years. I may choose to ask you to present a copy of a valid form of I.D. if I feel that confirmation of age is needed. Requesting to book a session indicates that you are aged 18 years or over, and that you are being truthful in disclosing your age.

If I feel that someone is being disrespectful, offensive, or inappropriate, and I feel uncomfortable, I may choose to end the session. I may also end the session if I believe that it is being recorded.

Is it all confidential?

Y

es! Confidentiality is essential to a service like this and I will do everything in my power on my end to protect it.

Here is what I will do on my end; I will abide by GDPR guidelines and make every effort to keep all personal information relating to sessions safe. Booking requests and emails with a form attached/included will be retained for no more than 1 year. The form may be printed, and I may take notes before, during and after the session either by hand or typed. Forms, notes, and USB key will all be stored in a locked file safe in my home office. All forms and notes (hard and soft copies) will be deleted and/or destroyed after one year.  I will send you a Zoom Meeting ID and password before the session using the email address you have given me. I will use headphones and will be alone in a private space during all sessions. All  records of calls and video calls will be deleted after one year.

Please be mindful of what you choose to share within the session. I have an obligation to break confidentiality and report to Tusla and/or the Gardaí any disclosures of child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse and other crimes.

Here is what you must do on your end! You must not screenshot, record and/or distribute any part of your session. It is also your responsibility to protect your privacy as much as you like on your end. This may include keeping your phone password-protected, using a non-identifiable email address that does not include your name, deleting correspondence, making sure you have a private space for your session where you will not be interrupted or overheard, etc.

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