Ian Kerner

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Ian Kerner is an American sex counsellor and author.[1]

Biography[edit]

Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist and nationally recognized sexuality counselor who specializes in sex therapy, couples therapy and working with individuals on a range of relational issues. He approaches psychotherapy from an integrative perspective, which seeks to explain human behavior by bringing together physiological, affective, cognitive-behavioral, neurobiological and systemic approaches as they apply to the natural stages of human development and the wide range of human functioning.1 Ian endeavors to create an atmosphere of inquisitive reflection, along with a sense of safety and commitment to the therapist-patient bond.

Ian is regularly quoted as an expert in various media, with recent appearances on CNN, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and NPR. He lectures frequently on topics related to sex and relationships, with recent appearances at New York University, Yale, Princeton, the French Institute Alliance Francaise, the inaugural Sex and Attachment conference in NYC and the 2016 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.

Ian is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous books, including She Comes First (Harper Collins) which is the best-selling sex advice book of the last decade and has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

In addition to being a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), Ian is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and currently sits on AASECT's Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR). He works with individuals and couples both privately and at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, one of New York's oldest and most respected not-for-profit mental health training and treatment facilities. His practice is composed equally of heterosexual and LGBTQ patients and is split between individuals and couples.

Ian has received post-graduate certification from the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality and the Family and Couples Treatment Services divisions at ICP, where he is also on the faculty and teaches courses in sex therapy. Ian has also completed a post-graduate program in Trauma Studies at ICP, where he was trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in addition to other modalities for working with trauma survivors.

Ian is also the founder of GoodInBed.com, a site that brings together the knowledge of many of the country's leading sex and relationships experts in the form of ebooks, articles, and a moderated forum. In collaboration with behavioral health scientist Dr. Kristen Mark of the University of Kentucky, GoodinBed.com also conducts original research into various aspects of human intimacy and sexuality. Recent topics of study include: relationship boredom, sexual adventurousness and changing attitudes around monogamy.

Ian was born and raised in New York City, where he lives with his wife and two sons and their family dogs, Jitterbug and Oscar.

Books[edit]

Kerner is the author of She Comes First: the Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman. Amy Sohn in the New York Times called this book "the Encyclopaedia Britannica of the clitoris," though Kerner himself refers to Strunk and White's "Elements of Style" as the model for making a subject not only meaningful and understandable, but also beautiful.[2] Sohn went on to say that "...with a cool sense of humor and an obsessive desire to inform, he encourages men through an act that many find mystifying." [3] She Comes First was selected by both Amazon.com and Borders as a "Best of 2004" non-fiction title and has been translated into numerous languages around the world. The companion book He Comes Next: the Thinking Woman's Guide to Pleasuring a Man was published in 2005. Kerner also wrote the New York Times bestseller Be Honest, You're Not That Into Him Either.

Ian is regularly quoted as an expert in various media, with recent appearances on CNN, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, and NPR. He lectures frequently on topics related to sex and relationships, with recent appearances at New York University, Yale, Princeton, the French Institute Alliance Francaise, the inaugural Sex and Attachment conference in NYC and the 2016 Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.

Public speaking[edit]

In addition to meeting regularly with patients, Kerner lectured nationally on a variety of subjects related to sex and relationships. Some appearances include: The Organization of Women Leaders at Princeton University, human sexuality classes at Indiana University, the W Hotel's Wonderland Series, the 92nd Street Y in New York City, and Sex Week at Yale University.

Kerner is certified to counsel patients by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists ("AASECT") and is a Diplomate in Sex Therapy of the American Board of Sexology. He is also a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health and The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality ("SSIS").

References[edit]

  1. ^ Freeman, David W (October 7, 2010). "Karen Owen List: What Does Mock Duke Thesis Say about Female Sexuality?". CBS News. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Ian Kerner (13 May 2004). She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman. HarperCollins. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-06-053825-5. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Amy Sohn (26 September 2004). "Sex Books: The Elements of Sexual Style". New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2011.