What exactly do you do?
I offer consultations and brief treatment for women, men, and couples looking for help with sex and relationship problems. I also offer state-of-the-art sex therapy for individuals and couples.
What's unique about your practice?
Unlike most sex therapists, I’m also an MD—which can be important since sex problems often involve both the mind and body.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I don’t participate with any insurance plans. But you’ll get an insurance-compatible billing statement from me to submit to your insurer for reimbursement.
Where is your office?
72nd Street and Central Park West in New York City, near Strawberry Fields. I’m right near the 72nd Street subway station on the Central Park West line. Both the B and C trains stop at this station.
What are your office hours?
My first appointment is usually at 8:00 am, and I usually finish with my last patient around 9:30 pm. I don’t work on the Jewish sabbath.
How long do appointments last?
I usually schedule an hour and a half for a first visit. Subsequent appointments are usually 45 minutes to an hour.
Do you work mostly with individuals or couples?
My day is often split pretty evenly between individuals and couples. I see a fair number of men and women who don’t have partners, or are looking for help finding a partner.
What if I already have a therapist?
I often consult with individuals or couples who are in ongoing therapy but who need a fresh perspective on sexual matters.
Are you an AASECT-certified sex therapist?
Yes. Most good sex therapists are.
What is your therapeutic approach?
Sex and relationship problems are usually complex, so it’s important not to be wedded to a single treatment model. I have experience with a wide variety of approaches. I favor treatments that are collaborative, results-oriented, and have clear goals.
How long does treatment usually take?
That depends. You should come away from a first appointment with a better understanding of your problems—and having learned some specific things you can put into action right away. Many sex and relationship problems lend themselves to quite brief treatment (1-5 sessions).
What if I can’t afford to see you, or I live too far away?
You can find comprehensive lists of sex therapists on SSTARNET.org and AASECT.org
You might also want to check out my book, LOVE WORTH MAKING: How to Have Ridiculously Great Sex in a Long-Lasting Relationship. The book summarizes most of what I’ve learned about sex, relationships, and sex therapy from 30 year of practice, working with over 1,500 individuals and couples. The book contains lots of practical advice that many individuals and couples have found useful, regardless of whether they ever ended up seeing a sex therapist or not.
What do you like most about your work?
Sex and relationship problems can be very discouraging. I like it when someone leaves my office with a renewed sense of hope. I also enjoy working with patients whom no one else has been able to help or understand.