“I came to the conclusion that you could potentially change the nature of psychotherapy. As a psychotherapist I was quick to realize that your workshop, in 5 days, had the capacity to cut through 20 years of therapy. I am jumping on board.” — Elisabeth Traphagen, Psychotherapist

Sierra is deeply committed to the empowerment of women and girls worldwide. She has dedicated her life to combatting these kinds of statistics (USA, 2013):

  • 1 in 3 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18.
  • 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends each day.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of death among teenagers.
  • 80% of women are dissatisfied with their appearance.
  • 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat.
  • 10 million females are fighting eating disorders, anorexia, or bulimia.
  • Antidepressants are the #1 prescribed drugs in US.
  • Women still earn significantly less then men worldwide.

  • Through the Sierra Bender Method for Personal & Professional Empowerment (SBM), a whole new generation of women and girls is not only learning about empowerment, but living it. And there’s not just anecdotal evidence to back it up.

    SBM has been clinically researched and proven by the Department of Psychology at American University in Washington, DC, with these incredible results among participants:

  • 93% increase in power
  • 87% increase in self-esteem
  • 70% increase in community activism and leadership
  • 77% increase in righteous anger (feeling victorious and courageous, not victimized and compromised)
  • 50% increase in levels of optimism and beliefs that they had control over their future
  • SBM is used by health professionals, medical institutions, holistic centers, spa and retreat centers, shelters for abused women, rehab centers, colleges and universities and a wide variety of non-profit and private companies. SBM assists women to reach their full potential by identifying traits that historically have disempowered women.

    Sierra empowers individuals to face their fears, question the unknown, surrender to what no longer serves them, and give themselves permission to break free. It results in physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, financial, sexual, and social empowerment.


    “Members of our team are committed to working at learning more about your method and other healing techniques – for ourselves as well as our patients” – Dr. Murphy, Vanderbilt Hospital Ingram Cancer Center, TN