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Surrogate Partner Collective. Cultivating the next generation of surrogate partners and therapists.

International Professional Surrogates Association.

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. AASECT is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary professional organization whose members share an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior.

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. SSSS is the oldest professional society dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about sexuality.

Human Awareness Institute. HAI offers workshops in love, intimacy, and sexuality.

San Francisco Sex Information Helpline. SFSI provides free, confidential, accurate, non-judgmental information about sex and reproductive health.

SPT Books

A number of good books about Surrogate Partner Therapy have been published recently.

Sex is the Least of It: Surrogate Partners Discuss Love, Life, and Intimacy, by Tova Feder PhD. This book includes interviews with supervising therapists and many surrogate partners (including me).

The Touch of Love: An Intimate Journey with a Surrogate Partner, by Cheryl King

An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and my Journey as a Surrogate Partner, by Cheryl T. Cohen Greene

SPT Articles

What I Learned from a Male Surrogate, written by a female client who did SPT in Israel.

Israeli study showing the effectiveness of surrogate partner therapy in treating vaginismus. It concluded: "Treating vaginismus with a male surrogate partner was at least as effective as couples therapy. Surrogate therapy may be considered for vaginismus patients who have no cooperative partner."

Sexual Healing, an excellent article about surrogate partner therapy.

Sex Surrogates: A Clarification of Their Functions. Results of research on surrogate partners and an analysis of how much time they spend engaging in each of the types of activities employed in surrogate partner therapy. Ray Noonan wrote a followup to this survey in 2003 that was published as part of the International Encyclopedia of Sexuality. Note: This is a huge document, so it may take a moment to load.

In 2008, Andrew participated in an online conversation about surrogate partner therapy. His involvement in this conversation starts near the bottom of the page you'll find here and continues over the next several pages. His username is "creatingsafety." Andrew offers frank and honest answers to the types of questions (and sometimes misconceptions) that people have about surrogate partner therapy.

Other IPSA-Certified Surrogate Partners and IPSA-Trained SP Interns

Dan, Colorado

Andrew, Fremont, San Francisco

Linda, San Francisco

Emiko, San Francisco

Mark, San Francisco

Roger, Virginia

Tara, Florida

The Centre for ICASA, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

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