Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Clinical Sexologist

Does Sex Have an Expiration Date: Rethinking Low Libido for Women (aged 35-105) & the Men Who Love Them. / A guide to Developing Your Ageless Sex Life.  To be published summer of 2019. For discount code link on left side of page to email.

SenSexual: A Unique Anthology 2013, Volumes one & two, Edited by Susana Mayer, Ph.D. Press Release

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Difference between a clinical sexologist and sex therapist? 

A clinical sexologist specializes in human sexuality and has studied sexual behavior from a variety of perspectives; psychological, biological, sociological, anthropological, etc. it is an extremely long list. They offer adult sex education and specific verbal instructions to help clients meet their goals. Some sexologists are credentialed psychologists and can also offer intense therapy. Sexology is also an unregulated field and people do call themselves sexologists without official training.

A sex therapist is trained in psychology and offers intense therapy. They may have taken one course/workshop in human sexuality or many, but since it is presently an unregulated field in Pennsylvania any psychologist can call themselves a sex therapists.

When you are searching for a practitioner it is important to ask about their training and credentials.

The majority of Dr. Susana Mayer’s clientele consult with her because they are interested in sexual growth or are dealing with sexual issues affecting their relationship. Dr. Mayer provides adult sex education and specific verbal instructions to help them meet their goals.

4 minute interview on NPR/WHYY ‘The Pulse’: How to Improve Your Love Life

4 minute story on NPR/WHYY ‘All Things Considered’: Aphrodisiacs Can Spark Sexual Imagination, But Probably Not Libido

3 minute film from NBC10 that will show by example the difference between a traditional sex therapist and clinical sexologist.

Susana Mayer’s NBC10 interview of “50 Shades of Grey”

Dr. Mayer is the founder/host of the Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed Salon, advocate for Ageless Sex™ and crusader for Basic Sex Rights*.

She created the Erotic Literary Salon as a safe space of comfort to enjoy sensexual** (definition end of page) expression. The Salon is unique in the English-speaking world, where authors, writers, readers, performers and artists come to share sensexuala. The Adult Sex-Ed Salon is held at the beginning of the Erotic Literary Salon. Dr. Mayer and ‘Walter’ facilitate this most unusual style of learning about the pleasures of adult sexuality.

A monthly theme focuses on adult sexuality and the attendees are encouraged to write questions anonymously. The other attendees offer suggestions based on their experiences and Dr. Mayer answers from a sexological perspective.

Dr. Mayer has also established the Erotic Literary Salon and Adult Sex-Ed Salon as an event for hire; recreating the format of her monthly Philadelphia gatherings for various clients and venues.

In her private practice, Dr. Mayer specializes in sexual techniques that take into consideration different body types and age related challenges. Her verbal suggestions are tailored to her clients needs, with the ultimate goal of following her philosophy –  Ageless Sex™ – to produce no emotional disappointment or physical harm while creating sexual pleasure. She meets privately with clients and consults on cases with mental health professionals.

Dr. Mayer also acts as a relationship mentor for couples interested in creating and maintaining a healthy connection. LGBT and Poly friendly.

As a professional speaker, Dr. Mayer promotes ageless sex positive messages and techniques to a variety of adult audiences. She focuses on individuals and couples coping with evolving patterns of sexual pleasure and satisfaction. She is available to speak on a variety of topics pertaining to sexuality.

The following are lectures and seminars Dr. Mayer has presented:

Ageless Sex™ for older adults, both seminar and lecture formats given to various groups and institutions.
‘Benefits of Burlesque’ at a Burlesque Festival fundraiser for the Jim Thorpe Opera House
‘Victorian Sexual Literature’ at the Mercer Museum.
Talk-back on ‘Attitudes Towards Masturbation during the Victorian Era’ at the Wilma’s production of “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play.”                                                  ‘Behind and Beyond the Doors of The Erotic Literary Salon: The Power of Uncensored Words’ or ‘Kill the Censor, Free the Beast.’ Featured speaker at the 4th Annual Sexuality, Intimacy & Aging Conference, Widener University.


Dr. Mayer is a board certified sexologist (Sexology: study of human sexual attitudes and behavior), sexuality consultant/educator and relationship mentor. She holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality and a Masters in Sexual Public Health. Dr. Mayer is a member of the American Academy of Sexologists, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).

*Basic Sexual Rights

The ethical guidelines for the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality are based on the belief that sexual rights are human rights.

1. The freedom of any sexual thought, fantasy or desire.

2. The right to sexual entertainment, freely available in the marketplace, including sexually explicit materials dealing with the full range of sexual behavior.

3. The right not to be exposed to sexual material or behavior.

4. The right to sexual self-determination.

5. The right to seek out and engage in consensual sexual activity.

6. The right to engage in sexual acts or activities of any kind whatsoever, providing they do not involve nonconsensual acts, violence, constraint, coercion or fraud.

7. The right to be free of persecution, condemnation, discrimination, or societal intervention in private sexual behavior.

8. The recognition by society that every person, partnered or unpartnered, has the right to the pursuit of a satisfying consensual sociosexual life free from political, legal or religious interference and that there need to be mechanisms in society where the opportunities of sociosexual activities are available to the following: disabled persons; chronically ill persons; those incarcerated in prisons, hospitals or institutions; those disadvantaged because of age, lack of physical attractiveness, or lack of social skills; and the poor and the lonely.

9. The basic right of all persons who are sexually dysfunc-tional to have available nonjudgmental sexual health care.

10. The right to control conception.

**Sensexual – The combination of sensual and sexual. When referring to written material, it is content comprised of both fiction and nonfiction materials that might be considered sensual, sexual, soft or hard core writings.