Human Sexuality Program
The Human Sexuality Program at NYU Langone Psychiatry Associates, led by Dr. Virginia Sadock, provides in-depth treatment for a full range of sexual disorders, including:
- erectile dysfunction
- female orgasmic and arousal disorders
- lack of desire
- male orgasmic disorder
- pain disorders
- premature ejaculation
- sexual addiction and compulsivity
- sexual incompatibility between partners
- unconsummated marriage
Our experienced, skilled clinicians carry out treatment in complete confidence, in the best tradition of the doctor-patient relationship. The program, which began in 1980, has developed over the years to include the latest scientific advances in the field. All couples and individuals who seek treatment receive individualized care that is appropriate to their condition.
Our specialists take a biopsychosocial approach, meaning that sexual disorders are considered and diagnosed according to biological, psychological, and social factors. This ensures that any medical factors that may account for or contribute to a specific disorder are taken into consideration when developing a treatment plan.
Our therapists may collaborate with other NYU Langone specialists, including neurologists, urologists, obstetricians and gynecologists, surgeons, physical medicine specialists, and others.
In addition, our clinicians offer training to professionals from around the country through our Training Program in Human Sexuality.
Our clinicians specialize in sex therapy, a form of behavior therapy that focuses on intimacy and sexual problems. It can be helpful to people of all ages, sexual orientations, and genders, and to individuals and couples alike.
A sex therapist helps you define the type of sexual dysfunction that’s affecting you and addresses the resulting sexual distress. Problems with sex are often compounded by strained communication between partners. A goal of sex therapy is to enhance communication using a behavioral approach to resolve those problems.
Sex therapy consists of discussions in your therapist’s office, along with special exercises designed to make you feel more relaxed in your sexual interactions. These exercises are practiced in the privacy of your own home. The goal of sex therapy is to maximize the potential for satisfaction, pleasure, and happiness.