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February 6, 2018

I am often inspired by my clients and friends. Sure, people learn from me, but I learn from them too. Lately I've been especially noticing when women say *exactly* what they want when it comes to sex and relationships. I've had more than one client and a few friends do...

“Is there something psychological going on?” This is one of the main questions people are struggling with when they call me about sexual concerns. Whether the issue is erectile problems or trouble having an orgasm or anything else, if there is not a clear physical prob...

April 4, 2017

There’s a lot of “information” – actually, misinformation – out there about the effects of porn on the human brain and sexual response, and much of it is not based in fact. Let me try to clear things up.

One of the most common storylines about the effect of porn on sexu...

August 18, 2016

If you’ve been dating recently, you’re probably familiar with the exciting but agonizing moment when you realize you like someone, and you’re trying to figure out if they like you back. If you’re like many people, you take a break in this moment from being a relatively...

February 14, 2016

Here's more info on the dual-control model of sexual functioning, specifically tips for "hitting your gas pedal" if you find it hard to get turned on or feel desire.

February 14, 2016

I want to talk with you about a very cool idea in sex therapy called the dual control model of sexual functioning. (1) What I mean by "model" is a framework for understanding something -- in this case, your sexual functioning -- that describes in a simplified way what...

October 23, 2015

Jealousy.... Truly the bane of many relationships. Haven't we all felt that stomach-dropping, vision-blurring sense of dread and panic and anger when -- God forbid -- our partner likes someone else? Or just seems to like someone else? If I were asking you this in perso...

September 16, 2015

There are a lot of ways to answer this question. There's a fairly large body of research that examines therapy outcomes (i.e., whether it "works" or not), and the factors that lead to successful therapy. When I have more time I'll write another post that goes into that...

August 12, 2015

It's August. Hot, late summer feels like a lull in the year, a natural time to indulge human laziness before starting up again in the fall. My friends in France are on vacation for the month. People all over the world who have the wherewithal to do so are taking a brea...

August 3, 2015

Do you ever feel at a loss about how to feel more desire, enjoy sex more, reignite a spark that was once there, or to want sex again? Most people will hit a sexual lull at some point (or multiple points) in life, whether it lasts an evening or a few months or a few yea...

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