What is Surrogate Partner Therapy?
Partner Therapy is a practice that was introduced
by Masters and Johnson in 1970. In this therapy, a
client, a licensed therapist, and
a surrogate partner work together towards a therapeutic
goal related to sexuality. The surrogate
partner's role on this team is to serve as an educator,
mirror, and ally.
Surrogate Partner Therapy is a hands-on process.
Through structured exercises, the surrogate assists
of physical and emotional intimacy. This is accomplished
through exercises in communication, relaxation, sensual
and sexual touching, and social skills training.
What might Surrogate Partner
A large portion of the time is
spent in experiential exercises that involve the body
majority of this time is spent teaching the client
how to be aware of what
is coming in through the senses. Surrogate Partner
Therapy may include the following:
- Sensate Focus
- Sexuality Education
- Body Image Exercises
- Intimacy Exercises (not necessarily
- Social Skills Training
- Relaxation Exercises
- Sensual and Sexual Touching