How Your Patients & Clients Can Benefit from Sexuality Counseling and Education

Sexuality counseling and education consulting is a highly specialized field. Here’s how you and your patients/clients can make use of it.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

  • Is sexuality counseling and education like therapy?

    While there is some crossover in terms of the education provided to clients, I neither diagnose nor initiate psychological treatment. Your patient and I will agree on learning objectives, and I will provide information and answers and help them explore the feelings, attitudes and specific concerns that led you to refer them to me. Sexuality counseling and education are short-term interventions.

  • What does a consultation include?

    Each session lasts an hour. At the first session, we will discuss the reasons for the consultation, establish learning objectives, and begin an educational discussion. I may incorporate illustrations, recommend resources, or make a referral. I may recommend sexual aids or adult pleasure products and provide several retail sources; I do not sell or distribute products. At the end of the session, we will determine together whether further sessions would be helpful.  Some patients/clients are confused about what constitutes a sexuality education consultation. When making a referral, please assure your patient that they control the amount of personal information disclosed during the session and all communication remains confidential, professional, and educational in tone and content.

  • Where do you work?

    I see clients in the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness, which is located within the offices of Women’s Care Source, an OB/GYN practice in Bedminster and Morristown, New Jersey. The offices are conveniently located, wheelchair accessible, and staffed by caring  personnel. For clients who are outside the geographic area, I can conduct sessions by phone or Zoom if they are prepaid through PayPal on this website.

  • Will my visit remain confidential?

    I would be happy to provide you with a report if your patient gives me written permission to do so.

  • How much does a consultation cost?

    Visits are $150 per hour. Payment by check or cash is due at the time of service.

  • What kinds of clients do you see?

    I work with teens, individual adults, and couples of all genders and orientations, both in perfect health and with disabilities or chronic health issues.
    Clients under 18 must provide a parent- or guardian-signed permission slip acknowledging that I will not share what the teen says during the session unless I suspect the teen may be a danger to themselves or others.

  • Is consultation covered by insurance?

    Insurance companies don’t currently reimburse for sexuality education. However, your patients and clients may be able to use workplace health savings accounts to offset consultation.

  • Does the patient need a referral?

    No referral slip is needed. Please simply provide my phone number (908-568-8349) and/or email address ( answers @ melaniedavisphs.com ) with the recommendation that your patient or client contact me. You are also welcome to contact me with a heads-up on why you referred them; however, that is not required.