In 1980, I came to the United States from Duisburg, Germany on a Fulbright Grant to study sex therapy at Helen Singer Kaplan’s Human Sexuality Program at Cornell University Medical Center, the first clinic for sexual disorders in the United States at a medical school.
I subsequently spent ten years working closely with Dr. Singer Kaplan seeing clients in her practice and discussing cases and treatments with her. I also conducted and co-ordinated case study research for her publications. In addition to that learning experience, I completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University in 1990.
I completed post-doctoral training in psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, focussing on the psychological and sexual impact of prostate cancer on patients and their partners. Fore several years I continued to do research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Department of Urology, and have published numerous papers and book chapters on the topic of sex and cancer.
Since 2000, I have focused exclusively on my private practice working with individuals and couples with sexual or relationship difficulties find greater satisfaction and fulfillment in their solo and partnered sexual and whole life experience.
I am a member of the faculty of NYU Langone Medical School and teach physicians and mental health professionals enrolled in the Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy Program.
I belong to the following professional organizations:
SSTAR Society for Sex Therapy and Research
APA American Psychological Association
ISSWSH International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health
AASECT American Society for Sex Education, Counseling and Therapy