Sexuality 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 a sex educator like a sex therapist?
While there is some cross over 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 education is a short-term intervention.
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 there is no physical contact beyond a handshake; there is no disrobing; the patient controls 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, 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 Skype 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 $25 per hour for individuals; $150 for couples. 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 sex ed 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.
Do I need a referral?
No referral slip is needed. Please simply provide my phone number (908-722-1632) 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.