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International Professional Surrogates Association. IPSA provides clients with referrals to therapists who have expertise in surrogate partner therapy, and provides therapists with referrals to skillful, well-trained, ethical professional surrogate partners.

American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. AASECT is a not-for-profit, interdisciplinary professional organization whose members share an interest in promoting understanding of human sexuality and healthy sexual behavior.

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. SSSS is the oldest professional society dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about sexuality.

Human Awareness Institute. HAI offers workshops in love, intimacy, and sexuality.

San Francisco Sex Information Helpline. SFSI provides free, confidential, accurate, non-judgmental information about sex and reproductive health.

SPT Books

A number of really good books about Surrogate Partner Therapy have been published recently.

Sex is the Least of It: Surrogate Partners Discuss Love, Life, and Intimacy, by Tova Feder PhD. This book includes interviews with supervising therapists and many surrogate partners (including me). It's available in paperback and in ebook form. Anyone can sample the beginning of the book for free, and I'm proud to say that my chapter was one of 3 chapters chosen to include in the free "teaser". To see my chapter and 2 others for free, click the link on the right side that says "Try It Free, sample the beginning of this book for free."

The Touch of Love: An Intimate Journey with a Surrogate Partner, by Cheryl King

An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and my Journey as a Surrogate Partner, by Cheryl T. Cohen Greene

SPT Articles

Based primarily on an interview with Andrew, What it's Like Being a Male Surrogate... was just released (4/27/15) on Alternet. He told the journalist he wouldn't participate with any article that refers to him as a "sex surrogate" (here's why). Although the title is disappointing, the content of the article itself is good.

Male Surrogate's Passion for Intimacy is an article about Andrew that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on New Year's Day, 2013.

What I Learned from a Male Surrogate, written by a female client did SPT in Israel.

Israeli study showing the effectiveness of surrogate partner therapy in treating vaginismus. It concluded: "Treating vaginismus with a male surrogate partner was at least as effective as couples therapy. Surrogate therapy may be considered for vaginismus patients who have no cooperative partner."

Sexual Healing, an excellent article about surrogate partner therapy.

My Life as a Surrogate, an April 2010 interview with San Francisco surrogate Linda Poelzl.

Interview with Vena Blanchard, President of IPSA and probably the world's most experienced surrogate partner.

Sex Surrogates: A Clarification of Their Functions. Results of research on surrogate partners and an analysis of how much time they spend engaging in each of the types of activities employed in surrogate partner therapy. Ray Noonan wrote a followup to this survey in 2003 that was published as part of the International Encyclopedia of Sexuality. Note: This is a huge document, so it may take a moment to load.

Paper published in the journal "Sexuality and Disability" (2007) about the use of surrogate partners in the treatment of those who have suffered traumatic brain injury.

How Surrogate Partners Help Those with Poor Body Image, 2006.

"I was a middle-aged virgin," a client's experience of surrogate partner therapy, 2003.

Alexandra Silk and Luc Wylder discuss Surrogate Partner Therapy on Playboy Radio, July 2010.

In 2008, Andrew participated in an online conversation about surrogate partner therapy. His involvement in this conversation starts near the bottom of the page you'll find here and continues over the next several pages. His username is "creatingsafety." Andrew offers frank and honest answers to the types of questions (and sometimes misconceptions) that people have about surrogate partner therapy.

SPT Audio

Andrew was interviewed live on a podcast called Sex and the Divine Design. Andrew's episode, entitled Sexual Empowerment. is described as follows:

Surrogate Partner Therapy is often misunderstood and misrepresented. Most people are not aware of the intent, the process, and the benefits of this therapy. In this episode, Surrogate Partner Intern Andrew Heartman presents SPT as an opportunity to acquire developmental skills that have not been acquired previously. It is more than theoretical, it is more than experiential, it is developmental in nature. Andrew describes, using examples from his own experience, the growth and transformation that can result from this powerful form of therapy.

Andrew was interviewed, along with colleagues Dr. Susan Kaye and Tara Livingston, on a Baltimore radio show, February 10, 2014.

Other IPSA-Certified Surrogate Partners and IPSA-Trained SP Interns

Dan, Colorado

Edwin, Texas

Andrew, Fremont, San Francisco

Linda, San Francisco

Eileen, San Francisco

Emiko, San Francisco

Mark, San Francisco

Eric, Gilroy, CA

Roger, Virginia

Tara, Florida

The Centre for ICASA, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

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