Sari Cooper, LCSW, CST

Sari CooperDirector of Center for Love and Sex
Therapist
Coach
Clinical Supervisor
Speaker

Founder and Director of Center for Love and Sex, Sari Eckler Cooper, LCSW is a licensed individual, couples and AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist, sex coach, writer, trainer, supervisor and media expert. She specializes in working on issues such as sexual disorders, sexual avoidance, couples communication, affairs, separation, depression, anxiety, and alternative sexual interests.

Ms. Cooper is recognized as a relationship and sexuality expert and has been a regular commentator on television shows like CBS This Morning, The Better Show and Dr. Oz to discuss relationship issues. Sari is continually called upon to discuss issues in modern relationships in the press including The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Greatest, Vice, Bustle, Cosmo, Men’s Health, Shape, Brides Magazine, Barron’s, New York Post, and Marie Claire.

Qualifications and Areas of Practice

Sari holds a Masters Degree in Social Work. Her post-graduate work was completed at The Ackerman Institute for the Family and the Human Sexuality Program at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Sari graduated with a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. She has been in private practice for 20+ years in New York City. In addition to her therapy and sex coach practice, Ms. Cooper is a clinical supervisor for general and sex therapists.
While a specialist in the area of sexual issues, Sari has years of training and experience treating many psychological issues including: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, panic attacks, trauma, divorce, pre-marriage counseling, assertiveness issues, anger management, career adjustment or guidance and other diagnoses in the DSM 5 of the American Psychiatric Association.

Theoretical Orientation

Sari has been committed in her career to helping people connect more authentically in their emotional and sexual relationships. She utilizes a combination of techniques in her practice including: psychodynamic, family systems, CBT, meditation, as well as exercises she has reconfigured from her background as a professional choreographer and dancer to help individuals and couples re-start and re-create a new erotic connection.
She views the therapeutic process as an active collaborative process in which she and her clients can work towards meaningful behavioral and mood related shifts which are meaningful in their intimate, professional and communal relationships. While she view herself as an active therapist with a lot of expertise, she also values the active insights and assignments her clients bring into the therapeutic and coaching process.

Her understanding of body/mind integration, her many years of experience and continued education profoundly informs her practice. She has a direct, warm style of engagement and is an active type of therapist willing to give feedback, assignments to do at home and give advice on other professional referrals if appropriate. She has deep respect for her clients’ strengths and views therapy and coaching as a means for them to re-connect them to their best selves and to revitalize their primary relationships.

Professional Associations and Media

She is an active member of Society for Sexual Therapy and Research, Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists, the Ackerman Institute Alumni Association, the American Family Therapy Academy, New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Occupational Clinical Practitioners Group as well as a founding member of the Manhattan Sex Therapy Peer Group.

She writes about sexuality on her blog Sex Esteem® on this website, as well as on Psychology Today. She is a featured blogger for Huffington Post on Divorce and Sexuality. Her published paper, Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology is titled: Some Like It Not (about couples who struggle the problem of sexual avoidance).
Sari has given many talks, seminars and workshops for professionals at conferences on many topics including: Sexual Avoidance, Compulsivity, Affairs, Discrepant Desire, ADHD and Sexuality in long-term relationships. She also presents to the general public on how to explore new sexual avenues in long-term relationships and how to talk to children about sex, as well as how a healthy sex life improves ones work life. She was a featured speaker in “Project Respect”, an educational program of the Sex Crimes Unit at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office on the topic of compulsivity.

She works in person at her private practice offices in Manhattan on the upper west side and in midtown of NYC. She also uses Skype or phone to coach people who live outside New York, travel frequently and who want to focus on present and future goals.

You can subscribe to her new Youtube channel Sex Esteem® with Sari Cooper- like her on Facebook:@centerforloveandsex and 
follow her on Twitter: @sari_cooper

Hours

Tuesdays
8am-8pm
Wednesdays
8am-7:30pm
Thursdays
10am-8pm
Friday
8am-12pm

Contact

Call intake coordinator for session with Sari at 212-787-5010

Rates

$300+
AASECT American Family Therapy Academy American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

Lauren Johnson, LMFT

Lauren Johnson, LMFT

Qualifications and Areas of Practice

Lauren Johnson, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with many years of experience specializing in helping couples and individuals with relational and sexual challenges. She has been in private practice for over 7 years, helping couples and individuals with their relationship conflicts, psychiatric challenges and their desires for improved communication and intimacy. She specializes in treating a variety of sexual disorders/conflicts including:

  • orgasmic disorders
  • desire discrepancy
  • erectile disorder
  • pelvic pain
  • infidelity
  • performance anxiety
  • out of control sexual behavior
  • help in establishing better boundaries

She has expertise in working with clients in LGBTQ and heterosexual relationships as well as those who identify as non-monogamous or polyamorous, or clients with specific types of kink interests. In addition to couple and sexual issues, Lauren is skilled in working with clients who have general psychotherapy goals they want to address including:

  • work/life balance
  • family of origin stress
  • couple communication standoffs
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • ADD/ADHD

Lauren graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her post-graduate training in Sex Therapy was completed at the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes.

Theoretical Orientation

Lauren’s therapeutic approach is derived from a combination of a cognitive-behavioral and systemic techniques. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy utilizes the replacement of negative or ineffective thoughts with healthier thoughts to alter unhealthy behavior. A systemic lens aims to address client’s problems from their intrapersonal perspective but helps to teach and change the way their interactions cause varying consequences and patterns within a system. This system can be one with their partner/spouse, with their family of origin, their nuclear family including their children or their circle of friends.

Each interaction is addressed in relation to habitual patterns that may have become stuck or conflictual and a systemic therapist makes interventions at helping the client(s) consciously make healthier choices to create more intimacy or functionality in these relationships.

Lauren is a collaborative therapist who works with clients’ strengths to explore the behaviors, thoughts, communication patterns, and interactional patterns that are associated with the problems presented. After a thorough initial assessment, she works with clients to clarify goals, identify resolutions to the presenting issues, followed by a wide array of interventions, home assignments and bibliotherapy to help achieve these goals. 

Lauren understands that people find it at times challenging or embarrassing to discuss their sexual lives with anyone. She takes pride in providing a judgment-free environment with compassion, empathy, and openness so that clients feel comfortable. Lauren finds it important to recognize the diversity of each person and adapts her therapeutic techniques to the unique needs of each client. Her ultimate goal for each client in therapy is to be provided with tools and specific techniques to master and utilize during and after completing their work with her in therapy.   

Professional and Community Associations

Lauren works for Friends of Firefighters, a non-profit organization providing free therapeutic services to active and retired FDNY members and families.

She is also an active member of American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Hours

Monday
8-10:30 am
Friday
4-8 pm
Saturday
10 am - 12:30 pm

Contact

Call intake coordinator for session with Lauren at 212-787-5010 or 914-279-0995

Rates

Fees ranging from $150-$200
AASECT American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy

Diana Barone, LCSW

 Diana Barone, LCSW

Qualifications and Areas of Practice

Diana Barone, LCSW is a licensed individual and couples therapist who treats a variety of psychological and sexual problems. She has over five years of seeing clients with a wide array of presenting problems in New York City. She utilizes a wide practice scope to treat clients who suffer from sexual dysfunctions like Erectile Dysfunction, low desire, pelvic pain, performance anxiety, and orgasmic disorders. She is also experienced in treating general therapy issues including: anxiety disorders, depression, relational issues, academic and occupational stress, infidelity, low self-esteem, self-destructive patterns and trauma.

Diana has worked clinically in an agency setting before joining Center for Love and Sex. She also has experience with animal-assisted therapy, crisis intervention and home care through her past employment with a mobile crisis unit.

Diana graduated from St. John’s University with B.A. in Psychology, from Fordham University with a Master’s in Social Work. Her post-graduate certificate in Sex Therapy was completed at NYU’s Human Sexuality Program, and she has received basic training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Theoretical Orientation

Her therapeutic approach is derived from a combination of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and trauma-informed modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR includes having the client recall distressing images while receiving bilateral sensory input, such as side to side eye movements or tapping on hands or knees. This evidence-based form of therapy helps the brain heal from traumatic events that can cause intrusive thoughts, nightmares, flashbacks or a sense of psychological immobilization.

Her interventions are tailored specifically to each client/couple’s needs. Diana works with individuals and couples with general psychotherapy concerns as well as those who have sex therapy presenting issues. She has worked with adults of varied cultural and religious backgrounds, sexual orientations, and sexual practices integrating their beliefs, preferences and traditions into a collaborative treatment plan. She works with couples who may be curious about kink activities, polyamory relationships or non-monogamy agreements.

She creates a warm, supportive, and empathic atmosphere for clients to be able to express themselves on topics that can be challenging to discuss. Diana strives to create a collaborative experience that enables each client to gain helpful, healing insight and tools to achieve their desired goals.

Professional and Community Associations

Diana has volunteered for the past 2 years in a program called Unleashed NYC, empowering young women through social activism primarily using puppy rescues. She has also volunteered for NYC Shiba Rescue, helping to place fosters and adoptee dogs into homes.

She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).

Hours

Monday
4-10 pm

Contact

Call intake coordinator for session with Diana at 212-787-5010

Rates

Fees ranging from $150-$200
AASECT

Ruthie Israeli

Ruthie Israeli

Qualifications and Areas of Practice

Ruthie has been a practicing clinician since 2009, and holds a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. She completed her 4 year post-graduate Certificate in Family Systems Therapy (specializing in couples’ treatment) from The Ackerman Institute for the Family. Ruthie, a native New Yorker, understands the intricacies of treating the diverse couples that make up our unique cosmopolitan city. She specializes in working with international couples, and working with the nuanced cultural and religious differences which can both clash and complement inside the bedroom and in day-to-day exchanges. She is comfortable in helping partners translate their respective relationship goals whether traditional, contemporary or alternative to one another in the therapy room.

She is skilled and sensitive at assisting individuals, and couples integrate sex into their relationship again, even after a long period of abstaining. Ruthie understands that after any kind of recovery and/or healing process re-introducing sexual connection may seem daunting, but with her many years of clinical experience, calm demeanor and warm engagement she helps partners feel safe and more open to connect intimately and playfully with one another. She is also ready to help clients who want to improve their libido, heal from infidelity, recover from past trauma and/or integrate alternative activities into their sexual relationship. Ruthie is sensitive to how post-partum sex can create a physical or emotional discomfort for some women and men, causing a barrier to reconnecting intimately with their partner, she assists these couples in finding a path to rekindling their romantic and sex life.

Ruthie’s first language is English, but she is conversational in Spanish and Hebrew. She has expertise in the specialized needs of a variety of Hispanic and Hebrew-speaking communities.
She possesses an understanding and sensitivity in working with the Orthodox Jewish community around their laws and traditions that govern intimacy. She also has experience in assisting those in that community explore, navigate and make sense of an LGBTQ behaviors, orientation and/or identity for themselves, and the decision on whether/what/when/how they want to share information with their families and communities.

Theoretical Orientation

Ruthie’s theoretical orientation includes using techniques from the Ackerman Relational Approach (ARA), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Open Dialogical (OD), amongst other schools of practice. She is an international expert in dialogical practice, an innovative therapeutic technique from Finland, which helps families and couples cope in a systemic manner with psychiatric illness. When treating couples with sexual issues, Ruthie utilizes the latest research and proven clinical interventions of sexual disorders in sessions and for home assignments to help clients reach their goals. She is also invested in helping clients access their strengths to challenge cultural myths, misunderstood diagnoses they may have received and socially induced shame to overcome their presenting problems.

Ruthie utilizes a transparent model of therapy in which she explains why she is choosing to use certain techniques, asking certain questions or assigning certain take-home exercises. She strives to provide a warm and open process to individuals and couples seeking treatment for either the first, second, or tenth time, aware that at times clients have not had good experiences with past therapists. Ruthie is also aware that sexual issues affects clients/couples at varying times in the lifecycle and sees clients in their twenties, thirties, forties, all the way up to those with grown children. Ruthie believes in that all folks are entitled to a satisfying, healthy sexual life. Improving one’s sexual functioning is quite a personal journey, and can be started in solo or with a partner. A partner is not needed to begin the journey although they are certainly welcomed.  

Ruthie specializes in sexual issues that include:

  • inability to have penetrative sex
  • anxiety with painful penetration
  • erectile issues
  • low desire
  • difficulty achieving orgasm
  • performance anxiety
  • rapid and delayed ejaculation
  • infidelity/affairs
  • negotiating sexual preferences
  • navigating non-monogamous relationship agreements
  • LGBQ issues/relationships

Ruthie has many years of experience as a general therapist treating individuals and partners with:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • post-partum issues
  • mood disorders
  • affairs
  • divorce
  • trauma
  • infertility
  • medical illness

Professional and Community Associations

Ruthie is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the Ackerman Institute for the Family Alumni Association in addition to serving on the supervisory faculty of The Couples and Family Therapy Program at The Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Ruthie is an avid cyclist involved in riding for charitable causes raising money for research in cancer, diabetes, and the environment.

Hours

Thursday
7:00-9:00am
Thursday
5:15-9:30pm

Contact

Call intake coordinator for session with Ruthie at 212-787-5010

Rates

Fees ranging from $150-$200
AASECT