What is a surrogate partner?
A surrogate partner is a trained professional who, under the guidance of a licensed therapist, helps individuals to overcome various obstacles to emotional and physical intimacy. A surrogate partner, aside from the training they have undergone, is adept at creating a safe, nurturing space, is patient and non goal-oriented, and can provide frank, real-world lessons that are necessary compliments to traditional talk therapy. A surrogate partner also serves as a model of effective communication and healthy self-image and provides an example of responsible, authentic, and informed partnering.
A surrogate partner is a coach in the arena of intimacy, not a romantic partner. They are aware of their ethical responsibility to the client and hold those needs as a top priority at all times.
Above all else, a surrogate partner is someone who genuinely wants to prepare others for future happy and healthy intimate relationships and create a long-lasting sense of self-actualization and joy.
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.