The Howl

"A good surrogate partner is worth her weight in gold."
~ Dr. Marty Klein, therapist, author and lecturer

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Could a surrogate partner benefit one of your clients?


Touch is an essential part of human life.  If you have a client who is not able to have fulfilling intimate encounters, or a client who has no partner with whom they can practice the things you discuss with them, consider recommending a surrogate partner so your client has a safe space to learn while developing a real relationship.  We work together so your client is supported throughout the process.


The Process


If you have a client who may be a candidate for the surrogate partner process, here is how we begin:

  • Assessment  The process begins as you assess your client for the program.
  • Education  If your client seems like a candidate, help your client make an informed choice.
  • Collaboration plan  If your client wants to move forward and you want to collaborate, contact me and we'll set up a plan.  Remember, your client will need to sign a release of information.
  • Client contact   After you and I agree on how we will support your client, your client is welcome to contact me directly to set up our calendars.


If you have a question about any part of the process please contact me.


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Surrogate Partner Collective

The Surrogate Partner Collective (SPC) is a new nationwide organization designed to cultivate the next generation of surrogate partners and therapists.   Learn about the SPC vision, mission and values; founders; legal and ethics statement; membership plans, and subscribe to the email list.

The surrogate partner process is growing in popularity.  Join us as we create valuable connections within this healing profession. 

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Wheel of Consent

The Wheel of Consent is a central part of my surrogate partner program. Many collaborating therapists have participated in a Wheel of Consent weekend workshop to experience firsthand what the client will learn.  Some therapists find the Wheel of Consent to be a helpful tool in their client sessions as well.

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Collaborating Therapist Feedback

Dear River,  Your report was a delight to hear. Your energy feels very grounded and full of joy.  Your suggestion that our client begin preparing for his next partner sounds perfect to me.  I believe he is ready.  He's very shy and your help with that project would be so welcome!  I think you're an angel!  Thank you.  Of all of our client's therapies, his work with you has lifted his spirits the most.  Thanks for your complete and compassionate reporting.

I loved listening to your report today!  Sounds like a successful session and that we are all tracking together.  I am very happy to collaborate with you and thank you!

Our client's work with me has shifted and matured since your arrival.  I am impressed at how skilled a professional you are.  He has stopped fantasizing about women now that he really is getting to know one intimately. The shift your work with him is causing is profound.

This report was absolutely amazing!  Thank you for such thoughtful detail to his assessment.  I loved that you shared your exercises and your thoughts.  I think the breathing and the approach you are taking to work on his ability to get in touch with his own desire is wonderful.  Thank you so much!

Thank you for this latest report.  It must have been so wonderful for both of you. I could hear it in your words and your voice.  You are incredibly expressive and your earthiness and divine energy come through very clearly.

River, Thanks so much for sending this report over!  It's great to hear about the progress he has made; I've seen it too. ... Thanks again for the great work you're doing with him!