Lilith Bay was curated and developed by Mehdi Darvish Yahya and Caitlin K. Roberts as an additional toolbox to the healing work sex workers around the world continue to do on a day-to-day basis. Sex work is ancient, and can be a powerful tool for growth, compassion, pleasure and healing. We offer tools for sex workers to bring into their work; to empower their clients, and themselves.

“I have practiced as a psychotherapist (or counsellor, or therapist) since mid-1990s. In that short time, I have seen astonishing progress in the science and the practice of trauma treatment and have experienced much disappointment in the overall efficacy of the mental health field. Over the past few years, driven by personal and professional longings and through a series of fortunate events I came to know various alternative practices of bodywork. Since then I have focused on adaptation and integration of the findings of advanced trauma treatment with effective bodywork techniques.

The goal has been to find the most effective and efficient way to access and release deep-rooted effects of trauma through the use of touch while retaining clear boundaries and values. The result has become ‘Perfect Touch’.
How can we touch a sexually traumatized person with the intention to heal without confounding the healing potential by using a taboo practice such as sexual touch? I can show that this is not only quite possible, but it carries a tremendous potential for healing a large number of people.

I offer Perfect Touch as an enhancement to the services sex-workers already provide; as an added offering that can bring about the positive image of intentional sex work (i.e. chosen freely and not through coercion) deserves, and as another way in which sex workers can affect a much-needed change in the world.  My hope is that together we can co-create a simple and accessible healing method that is both effective and efficient.
– Mehdi Darvish Yayha