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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Surrogate Partner Therapy legal and ethical?

Where are you located?

Where can I get more information about Surrogate Partner Therapy?

What are fees for Surrogate Partner Therapy?

 

Is Surrogate Partner Therapy legal and ethical?

No state has any laws which prohibit surrogate partner therapy. In California, at least two cases involving a therapist referring to a surrogate partner were reviewed by the CA State Licensing Review Boards and in each case the board determined that no unethical behavior was present. According to an article in the San Jose Mercury News, Kamala D. Harris of the Alameda County DA's Office stated unequivocally, ''If it's between consensual adults and referred by licensed therapists and doesn't involve minors, then it's not illegal.'' Kamala Harris is now (as of 2015) California Attorney General.

In August 2010, a licensed therapist I know contacted CAMFT (the California Association of Marriage and Family therapists), and a lawyer with that organization affirmed that if the surrogate partner is properly trained and educated, surrogate partner therapy is not unethical.

In any case, since there is no licensing or regulation of surrogate partners, the International Professional Surrogates Association (IPSA) has assumed the responsibility of assuring the therapeutic community and the public that IPSA members have received adequate training, achieved professional competency, and adhere to the highest standards of ethical practice. When I agreed, as a member of IPSA, to follow this code of ethics, I agreed to only see clients under the supervision of a qualified sexuality professional.

Where are you located?

I see clients at several locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Berkeley, and Union City. I am also open to traveling to work with clients in intensive therapy and other geographic areas.

Where can I get more information about Surrogate Partner Therapy?

There are many resources and links on the links page.

What are fees for surrogate partner therapy?

Fees for surrogate partners vary based on geographical location and experience, but are generally similar to what you pay your therapist.

 

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