Introduction

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Alan L. Marcus, PhD, Director of Sexual Health Matters, 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 has extensive experience working with clients as a sex therapist as well as a relationship, marriage and family therapist. He also works with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD and porn addiction.  His approach is one of curiosity, inviting clients to ask themselves the hard questions as they work towards a deeper understanding of themselves.  Dr. Marcus's main goal is to help clients be the best that they can be.  

Staff

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Dana Goldenberg, LCPC

Dana Goldenberg, MA, LCPC, is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who earned her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  Her treatment approach is informed by a combination of Humanistic Psychology, Self Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Dana splits her time between Sexual Health Matters and Mary's Center, located in Washington, DC.

Dana has experience working with adults, teenagers, families, and members of the LGBTQA+ community.  She specializes and enjoys working with clients who are dealing with challenges related to anxiety, depression, ADHD, body image, fertility, relationships, sexuality, life transitions, work-life balance and family health. 


Forming a strong therapeutic relationship is a primary focus of Dana's work.  Dana actively guides clients towards making lasting positive changes in their lives, through personal growth, inner healing and strengthening resilience.

Overview

 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.
 

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Sex Therapy

 
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.   

  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. 

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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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Contact Us

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Sexual Health Matters

4400 E West Hwy #28, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, United States

(301) 775-2636

Hours

Monday: By appointment

Saturday: By Appointment

Sunday: By Appointment

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