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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Sex therapy clinics gaining popularity By SETH S. KING New York Tlmei ST. LOUIS Mrs. X is in her early married to a successful and the mother of several children. A year ago she became depressed. She had trouble and she stopped enjoying sex with her husband. Mrs X was disturbed enough to consult a psychiatrist. The ay took a step that is becoming more common she sent Mrs. X and her husband to a new sex clinic at a large hospital in her city. As it turned Mrs. X's treatment was not a complete success. But she sees nothing morally or with the idea of sex therapy. in the relatively short time since the first public sensation over the like many others has accepted the sex clinic as almost routine It has been four years since Dr William H. Masters and Mrs. Virginia Johnson published Sex their work on sexual dysfunction. It has been eight years since Sexual their first pioneering book on the physiology of was published. At the time the work on sexual inadequacy appeared there were only a few clinics in the United States where gynecologists or psychologists attempted to treat sexual failings Today there are from to organizations throughout the country describing themselves as sex clinics or family counselling services specializing in sexual problems They are a check by the New York Times in many of the major cities New San Long and in the desert at Phoenix. Some of them like the Masters and Johnson clinic are financed basically by foundations Some are now elements of public or semipnvate hospitals or public health services. Many are independently financed by and some thrive on the fees they charge A few are apparently on the borderline of professional though there have been if prosecutions of entrepreneurs Field is new The field is so new that as yet no standards have been established by the medical or psychiatric associations the New Eastern Academy of Sexual formed in January by 130 medically trained therapists on the eastern is developing definitions of a sex therapist. something about sex that draws said Dr Alexander N a New York psychiatrist and former internist who was part of one of the 12 teams trained by Dr. Masters and Mrs. Johnson. thinks he's qualified to do sex because they've had sex and they know all about Levay said. Fees charged are seldom cheap Some range upward from about an hour per couple for 10 to 20 hours of sessions Many others vary from for a two-week course plus followup to the more usual for two weeks of intensive treatment plus one to five years of followups if needed. A very few in public such as the sexual clinic at New York Medical vary their fees from token payments by poor couples to and up for those able to pay opportunities for charlatanism are Masters said recently as he sat in his tiny office here in the reproductive biology research which he established The of sexual whose early experiments in sexual physiology and treatment have been so widely discussed and written is still housed in a drab stucco building almost hidden among the units of the large medical complex near Forest Park. SO out of the more than might meet all standards of Masters said. we're looking at a familiar once there is a breakthrough in medical it takes time for legitimate training to occur. the promoters leap Most clinics surveyed were following the Masters-Johnson intensive two-week treatment of husband and wife by teams of male and female followed by weeks of periodic followup consultations. A few were less rigidly structured 'and did much of their treatment in groups A tiny minority used such exotic techniques as nude encounter sessions to erode the inhibitions of their patients Problems related Most clinics insist on treating only married and treating them together. Some will treat sexually unhappy though these like Masters and Mrs. now insist on treating the homosexual with his or her partner. The use of surrogate sex partners to treat sexually disfunctioning individuals is partly as a result of community disapproval. The therapists have found that if one married partner has a sexual the other usually has a related one. for the premature ejaculator is married to a woman who cannot achieve said Dr. William E founder of the Pioneer Center for Sexual and Marital Studies in Long Beach. While a number of clinics state that they are following the Masters-Johnson the originators are dubious usually means they have read our Mrs. Johnson said. She is now married to but retains her professional name Masters and Mrs Johnson note that only 12 therapy teams have actually been trained at the and five are still working here means only seven teams now in other cities can actually claim to be 'Masters and Johnson Masters said While warning that unqualified sexual therapists could do more harm than Masters and Mrs Johnson tried to find a positive note in the growth of sex clinics incompatabihty used to be something people just Mrs Johnson said. have to presume that the spread of sex therapy clinics is better than nothing The whole profession is simply in transition between nothing and something No typical cases The therapy undergone by Mrs X and her husband at their sex clinic is representative. Therapists insist there are no typical since each has its variances and must be treated accordingly Nor were the results of Mrs. X's experience the same as the majority of patients. The couple were interviewed extensively by the male psychiatrist and his female a psychological separately and then together. These interviews were recorded and played for each partner Both were given complete physical examinations. Then Mrs. X and her who had bitterly opposed the whole idea at began sessions of what Masters and Mrs Johnson call gradual explorations of each others bodies with constant communication of feeling. During the early no intercourse was permitted. After each separate and joint interviews were held with the and the couple were given new instructions. Finally they were allowed to touch genitals and next' to have and then to go away together for a weekend. For Summer Dress Up Occasions OPEN TOE SLING 1 by Available in jx red or navy. Crinkle pa- tent wet look. S and B widths. 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