Surfing for Sex Therapy
Can you find love advice online? Yes, if you could trust it.
How to Judge the Sites
A reputable sex therapy site should have a disclaimer saying that the
content and interactions do not constitute therapy or medical treatment, says
Mitch Tepper, PhD, MPH, who has been researching online sex therapy sites for
more than five years and launched his own in 1996.
Tepper also suggests checking sites to see if the therapists are certified
by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
(AASECT) or belong to other organizations such as the American Psychological
Association or the American Psychiatric Association. Ask therapists where they
were trained and how many years they have been in practice (or look on the site
for background information on them), as well as how long they have been
By doing a bit of research on the therapist and the site, you will be more
likely to find someone who is credible and competent.
Elaine Marshall is a freelance writer living in Reno, Nev.
She also reports for Time magazine and teaches at the Reynolds School of
Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.