Esther  Perel - Counselor/Therapist, Sex Therapist, Speaker/Presenter, YourTango Expert Partner - New York, NY
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Esther Perel (MA)


Psychologist Esther Perel is recognized as one of the world’s most original and insightful voices on couples and sexuality across cultures. Fluent in nine languages, the Belgian native is a celebrated speaker sought around the globe for her expertise in emotional and erotic intelligence, work-life balance, cross-cultural relations, conflict resolution and identity of modern marriage and family. Her best-selling and award-winning book, Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic, has been translated into 24 languages.

Ms. Perel’s innovative models for couple relations and leadership have won her an international clientele, from the boardroom to the bedroom and from academia to television. Clients include Janssen Pharmaceutica, AT&T, Johnson and Johnson, Anthony Robbins Productions, The Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute, The Wexner Foundation, The Bronfman Foundation and New York University Medical Center. For more than a quarter of a century, she has implemented effective transitions with international families, boards and executive teams.

In addition to Ms. Perel’s psychotherapy practice in New York City, she also serves on the faculties of The Family Studies Unit, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center and of The International Trauma Studies Program. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an AASECT certified sex therapist, a member of the American Family Therapy Academy and of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. Trained and supervised by the legendary teacher, Salvador Minuchin, she has trained therapists and crisis counselors throughout the world lending her expertise in wartime, post-war and refugee families.

A regular media commentator, Ms Perel has been widely featured in the international press. She has been a guest on numerous television shows including the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show,” “CBS This Morning,” TV Globo’s “Fantastico” in Brazil and Andrew Denton’s “Enough Rope” in Australia. Her interviews have appeared in leading publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Vogue, Le Monde, Ha’aretz, Stern, La Republica, The Guardian, The Observer and The Sydney Morning Herald; she also writes a popular column for the magazine Oh La La, published by the Argentine newspaper La Nación.

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Infidelity / Affair Recovery





Time in Practice:

10 years +

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Sex Therapist


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Articles by Esther Perel
Sex Coach: World Sexual Health Day

Celebrate World Sexual Health Day With YourTango

YourTango celebrates World Sexual Health Day.

1 plus 1 equals 3

5 Mistaken Assumptions About Long-Term Love

YourTango Expert Esther Perel questions some of our most basic beliefs about intimacy.

Yes No Maybe

Boundaries, Negotiation and Open Relationships

Will open relationships someday become generally accepted? Why? Why Not? What do you think?


Erotic Fantasy Reconsidered: From Tragedy To Triumph

Tell me how you were loved, and I’ll tell you how you make love.


What is Fantasy?

Is fantasy always a specific set script? How can fantasy heal?

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Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
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Esther Perel

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Couples/Marital Issues, Dating/Being Single Support, Empowering Women, Emptiness, Grief, Loss, & Bereavement, Infidelity / Affair Recovery, Life Management, Marriage, Sex Addiction, Sexuality