Susana Mayer, Ph.D
Sexologist: Consultant, Educator, and Relationship Mentor
Susana (aka Susan) Mayer, is a board-certified sexologist with the American College of Sexologists (ACS). She holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality and a Masters in Sexual Public Health. Mayer has retired member status with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).
In her private practice she specializes in the libido (human sexual desire/drive), arousal, and the enhancement of intimacy and joy through the creation of a personal eroticism. She follows her Ageless Sex philosophy – the physical expression of intimacy taking into consideration emotional needs, aging bodies, and health challenges. Making certain all people involved in the relationship are having their needs met.
Susana resides in Philadelphia, where she is known as the go-to person for information pertaining to sexuality. She is a frequent contributor to NPR radio and various podcasts as well as to online and print publications.
Susana hosts The Erotic Literary Salon/Adult Sex-Ed gatherings that she founded in 2008 as a verbal sanctuary for sexual expression, to combat sexual shame, and to normalize sex and mainstream erotica. The Salon is held monthly and also participates in special events, such as the collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2017.
“In our culture, older adults are not supposed to be comfortable with sexuality or even expected to express themselves sexually. Superstar Miley Cyrus, for example, proclaimed at age 20 that “old” people—like those over 40—“don’t have sex anymore.”* Many adults moving into senior status feel constrained and even neutered by these presumptions, even if scientific surveys show that people over 40—even over 80—are having plenty of sex.” Susana defies these expectations with her non-judgmental manner and comfort with sexuality.
Susana’s book Does Sex Have an Expiration Date: Rethinking Low Libido for Women Ages 35-105 and the Men Who Love Them. PURCHASE
*Collins, Scott. Miley Cyrus to Matt Lauer: People over 40 ‘don’t have sex anymore.’ Los Angeles Times, 10/7/13, https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-xpm-2013-oct-07-la-et-st-miley-cyrus-to-matt-lauer-people-over-40-dont-have-sex-anymore-20131007-story.html
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 Susana Mayer’s clientele consult with her because they are interested in sexual growth or are dealing with sexual issues affecting their relationship. Mayer provides adult sex education and specific verbal instructions to help them meet their goals.