Cheryl Cohen-Greene

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Cheryl Cohen Greene
Born Cheryl Theriault
(1944-09-09) September 9, 1944 (age 71)
Salem, Massachusetts
Occupation Sex Surrogate Partner, Author, Speaker
Years active 1973–present
Spouse(s) Michael Cohen (divorced)
Bob Greene (?-Present)

Cheryl Cohen-Greene (born September 9, 1944) is an American sexual surrogate partner, speaker, and author, known for her work with American poet Mark O'Brien in 1986 before his death in 1999. She was portrayed in the film The Sessions by Helen Hunt, who received an Academy Award nomination for her performance.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born Cheryl Theriault and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, the daughter of Virginia (née Cote 1924-2002) and Robert Theriault (1921-2012). She has two brothers, David, a dentist, and Peter, an artist. She speaks with a Boston area accent. She has lived in Berkeley, California since 1968. She was raised Roman Catholic and converted to Judaism after marrying her first husband, Michael P Cohen in 1964. They had an open marriage. Cheryl has a son Allan and a daughter Jessica from her first marriage, and several grandchildren. Her current husband is Bob Greene, a former client, Vietnam war veteran, and retired postal worker. She began working as a sex surrogate partner in 1973 and also worked as a nude artists model. She is a breast cancer and lymphoma survivor and also has dyslexia.[2] She graduated from Salem High School and then attended Antioch University.[3][4][5][6][7]


She first thought of becoming a sex surrogate partner after reading Surrogate Wife: The Story of a Masters & Johnson Sexual Therapist and the Nine Cases She Treated by Valerie Scott. In 1973 she took San Francisco Sex Information's (SFSI) training, and was a member of their training staff for 20 years. She studied the work of Masters and Johnson, and works with many of the San Francisco Bay Area's premiere sex therapists.

Cohen Greene is a certified Clinical Sexologist and a sex surrogate partner. Her official title is Surrogate Partner Therapist. She is a member of IPSA (International Professional Surrogates Association). In October 2004 she received her 'Doctorate in Human Sexuality' from The Institute For Advanced Study Of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. She has stated about her profession: "People have asked me over the years, 'How do you work with people who are differently abled?' I always say, it's not hard for me. I just have to learn what their special needs are." She has appeared on shows like Larry King Live, the Joy Behar Show and the Jeff Probst Show discussing her profession.[8] The National Geographic show Taboo's episode "Forbidden Love" (Season 7, Episode 6, first aired 2011) featured her in one of its segments.[9] Also, the Discovery Fit & Health documentary "My Sex Surrogate", first aired in 2013, follows a woman and a man as they each work with a sex surrogate; she was the surrogate who worked with the man.

Cheryl is the author of the book An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner released in November 2012.[10][11] She is an active member of the San Francisco community.[12]


  1. ^ The Sessions: Cheryl Cohen Greene Is The Woman Behind..., NZ: Stuff .
  2. ^ Kaufman, Amy (2012-11-26), "Her sex 'Sessions' became a movie", The Los Angeles Times: 2 .
  3. ^ "Sex Surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene Discusses Her Memoir That Inspired 'The Sessions'", East bay express .
  4. ^ "Getting intimate with sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene", Daily Loaf (CL Tampa), 2012-11-20 .
  5. ^ Guthmann, Edward (2012-01-10), "Surrogate sex partner inspires story, film", SFGate .
  6. ^ "Celebrity Jews", J weekly .
  7. ^ accessed 8/10/14
  8. ^ "Adams on Reel Women: Cheryl Cohen Greene and Helen Hunt fete ‘The Sessions’", The Reel Breakdown, Yahoo! Movies .
  9. ^ "Taboo: Forbidden Love". National Geographic Channel. 
  10. ^ "An interview with Cheryl Cohen Greene", Outside The Frame, The Phœnix, 2012-10-25 .
  11. ^ "Sex Surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene, 68: I've Slept With Over 900 People", Careers Articles, AOL .
  12. ^ "City woman helps clients resolve issues with intimacy", The Daily Californian, 2012-02-01 .

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