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. 

Who can benefit from SPT?

Surrogate partner therapy (SPT) is for individuals who face significant obstacles to emotional and physical intimacy in which traditional talk-based therapy alone would be insufficient. These obstacles may include, but are not limited to

  • traumatic sexual history
  • genital pain (vaganismus/vulvadynia/deep dispyrunia)
  • physical disabilities
  • social anxiety
  • sexual/gender identity
  • arousal/orgasmic difficulties
  • fear of intimacy
  • lack of experience
  • shame surrounding sexuality

SPT is appropriate for adults of any gender or orientation. To find a surrogate partner that may be a good match for your needs, please visit the referrals section of the IPSA website.