Surrogate Partner Therapy

Surrogate Partner Therapy (SPT) refers to a specific type of therapy in which an individual seeks the help of both a therapist and a surrogate partner in order to overcome obstacles that prevent the individual from establishing or maintaining healthy emotionally and physically intimate relationships. 

History and IPSA

Surrogate Partner Therapy (SPT) is modeled after the successful methods for the treatment of sexual dysfunction developed by Masters and Johnson during their groundbreaking research. In this research, Masters and Johnson found that hands-on therapeutic exercises carried out by the partners of individuals with sexual dysfunction greatly increased rate of success.


While this method was extremely beneficial to the treatment process, it became apparent that partners, even when available, may not be able to carry out this highly nuanced work. In 1973, IPSA (International Professional Surrogates Association) was created to train surrogate partners using these time-tested methods.