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Masters and Johnson, creators of the original surrogate partner process

Surrogate Partner Resources

This page contains the most influential works of our time that relate to the surrogate partner process, including:

  • with River
  • Television
  • Movies
  • Web video
  • Wikipedia
  • Articles
  • Professional journals
  • Audio/Radio
  • Books
  • Sex and disability


Recent articles! Surrogate Partner Therapy Is Controversial. But Could It Be More Important than Ever? on


Surrogate Partner Therapy: Crossing Lines or Expanding Boundaries? Psychotherapy Networker


With River

Let's Talk About Sex ... Surrogacy, a NMB United Virtual University Presentation, Transcribed by Brooklyn Marx, October 11, 2017, an interview with River hosted by NMD United, Connecting Adults Living with Neuromuscular Disabilities



Surrogate Partner Maureen Sullivan was interviewed by Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show in 1982 (I can't locate the video)

Masters of Sex is a television series on Showtime about the lives of surrogate partner creators, and legendary sex researchers, William Masters and Virginia Johnson (Masters & Johnson)

CNNs This is Life with Lisa Ling featured the surrogate partner process on season 4, episode 1.  This episode is only available by purchase.  You can find it on various services such as Hulu.  It is well worth paying to see!  Or view it here!

Sexuality & disability -- a seat at the table: Cheryl Cohen Greene on TEDx Talks

My Sex Surrogate on the Discovery Channel



The Sessions is a 2012 movie about a surrogate partner and her client featuring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes

Private Practices is a documentary featuring surrogate partner Maureen Sullivan with her clients.  It received awards for Best Documentary at the 1985 USA Film Festival and 1985 Atlanta Film Festival.

Dimensions of Touch is a documentary featuring surrogate partner Pat Gray and her clients (I can't locate the video)


Web Video

IMBT video Touch Pros and Talk Pros: Working Together

IMBT video A Team of Three:  You, Your Client, and Their Other Helpers, with Betty Martin

Betty Martin videos The Wheel of Consent



Surrogate partner page on wikipedia



Surrogate Partner Therapy Is Controversial. But Could It Be More Important than Ever? on

The 7 Questions that Tell the Truth of Surrogate Partners on Femme Forth

She Has Sex With Clients, But She’s Not An Escort: Meet A ‘Sex Surrogate’ in the Huffington Post

On Seeing a Sex Surrogate in The Sun Magazine 

Sexual Surrogates: Who and Why in Psychology Today

Sexual Surrogates Help Many Who Suffer Alone in Psychology Today

What It's Like Working as a Sex Surrogate in Vice Magazine

Body Talk: Sexual Surrogates' Healing Touch in SF Weekly

Surrogates Can be Sexual Healers on CNN

I was a Middle-Aged Virgin on

How An Aussie Solved His Premature Ejaculation Problem in San Francisco by Shaun Thompson

Legalize Medically-Assisted Sex on

What I Learned From A Male Sex Surrogate on

Male Surrogate's Passion for Intimacy in the San Francisco Chronicle

More women turning to sex surrogates for help on CBS News

The Sexual Surrogate by Barbara Roberts on InnerSelf Front

A Surrogate Partner's Perspective on Attachment by Andrew Heartman

What Are Sexual Surrogate Partners? by Adam Fisher, Ph.D. on Kinsey Confidential

Surrogate Therapy Takes a Hands-On Approach to Overcoming Sexual Trauma Willamette Week


Professional Journals

To Refer Or Not to Refer - Surrogate Partner Therapy at the Zur Institute

Surrogate Partner Code of Ethics by the International Professional Surrogates Association

Sex Therapy Surrogate Partners for Individuals with Very Limited Functional Ability Following Traumatic Brain Injury in the Sexuality and Disability Journal by Aloni, Keren, and Katz

Surrogate Partner Therapy: Ethical Considerations in Sexual Medicine by Rosenbaum, Aloni and Heruti in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, An Official Journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine

Surrogate Versus Couple Therapy in Vaginismus in the Journal of Sexual Medicine by Ben-Zion, Rothschild, Chudakov and Aloni

Sexual Surrogacy Revisited in the AASECT Contemporary Sexuality Journal



Surrogate Partner Therapy: How it Can Help You, a Get Sex-Smart with Dr. Valeria Chuba podcast featuring surrogate partner Andrew Heartman.

Dr. Zur Interviews Dr. Marty Klein on Historical and Clinical Issues with Surrogate Partner Therapy

An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner with Author Cheryl Cohen Greene on VoiceAmerica



American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) has approved the Betty Martin course Wheel of Consent: Desire, Empowerment and Choice for 8 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT Certification and renewal of certification.  I adhere to the Betty Martin protocols in my surrogate partner sessions.



Sex and Disability

"The only true disability is loneliness.  ... Pleasure is an affirmation of life. ... Orgasm can be generated by stimulation of the mind, the internal organs and/or the outer walls of the body."  

~ Mitch Tepper

Living Your Life: Sexuality Following Spinal Cord Injury by Mitch Tepper, PhD, MPH

Regain That Feeling by Mitch Tepper, PhD, MPH

Sex and Paralysis Video Series by Mitch Tepper, PhD, MPH

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live with Disabilities, Chronic Pain and Illness by Kaufman, Silverberg and Odette