4400 East West Highway #28
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(Annapolis Office Available Upon Request)
Sexual Health Matters
Alan L. Marcus, PhD received his Doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then went on to become an AASECT Certified Diplomat in Sex Therapy, a Certified IMAGO therapist, and a Level 2 Gottman Trained couples therapist. Having Deaf parents, Dr. Marcus is also fluent in American Sign Language. He earned his Certification as a Sign Language Interpreter in 1985.
Dr. Marcus began his career at Gallaudet University where he was a staff psychologist at their Mental Health Center. After 12 years of service to Gallaudet University, Dr. Marcus gained additional experiences including: serving as the Director of Disability Support Services at the University of Maryland, College Park; Director of Student Support Services at the Maryland School for the Deaf and serving as a subject matter expert for Reasonable Accommodations Programs in a variety of Federal Agencies.
While Dr. Marcus has extensive experience working with clients on Sexual and Relationship matters, he also works with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD and porn addiction. His expertise in this area comes from his years of experience working with college age adults.
Locations: Dr. Marcus meets with his clients in his main office located in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Marcus also has a satelite office in Annapolis and Odenton. If these locations are not convenient, Dr. Marcus can arange to meet via google chat or face-time.
When Dr. Marcus is not providing direct services, he is actively involved in writing, running workshops and providing training. He has provided training to organizations Nationally and Internationally on leadership and team building and creating access for individuals who have disabilities. Dr. Marcus also provides consultation and supervision to professionals who are struggling in their careers and want to get out of their own way.
According to a groundbreaking article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 1999, sexual problems are common in women and men, but especially in women. In a survey of men and women aged 18-59 years, about 43% of women and 31% of men reported some sexual problem. The sexual problems reported by women in this study were in 3 primary areas: 1) lack of desire 2) difficulties becoming aroused or reaching orgasm 3) pain during intercourse. The most common sexual problems reported by men include: 1) premature ejaculation 2) erectile dysfunction and 3) low desire.
Sex Therapy is a subspecialty of psychotherapy, focusing on the specific concerns related to human sexuality. People of all ages, creeds, health status, ethnic backgrounds, whether partnered or single, may benefit from working with a psychotherapist who specializes in this area. Certified Sex Therapists use specialized clinical skills and theoretical knowledge to help people solve their sexual concerns.
In most states and provinces, Sex Therapy is not a separately licensed or regulated profession, just as child psychotherapy or geriatric psychotherapy is not government regulated beyond granting the basic license to practice therapy. To assure the public of highly qualified practitioners, the American Association of Sex Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) provides voluntary certification to those therapists who have completed the rigorous certification process. Only those therapists who have met these qualifications may designate themselves as “AASECT Certified Sex Therapists.” Mental Health Matters sex therapists are AASECT Certified.
What happens in Sex Therapy:
The Sex Therapy process is very similar to that experienced with other mental health practitioners. The Certified Sex Therapist will meet with the person as an individual or with a couple in an office setting where an extensive history of the concerns will be taken. The Certified Sex Therapist will note both the psychological and the physical components and will establish one or more diagnoses. After this, a treatment plan will be proposed, usually with your involvement in its development. In some instances, the Certified Sex Therapist may work closely with the person’s physician, nurse, or other therapist or counselor to establish causes and remedies for the problems. In no instances will a Certified Sex Therapist engage in any kind of sexual activity with a therapy patient/client, whether in the office or in any location. To do so is a breach of ethics, and in some states and provinces is a crime.
Many sexual performance problems can be resolved through either quality medical treatment and/or short term therapy. Don't let embarrassment or shame prevent you from seeking help and having the kind of sex life you desire. Contact Sexual Health Matters and get the help you need.
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