“Dr. Ian Kerner is one of the most recognizable voices in clinical sex therapy” – Esther Perel

When it comes to sex and relationship problems, many of us are leading lives of quiet desperation. Sometimes you can be lying in bed next to someone and feel a million miles apart. Talking about sex and relationships is hard, but self-silencing can be even harder in the long run. As Tennessee Williams wrote of the marriage bed in his play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, “When a marriage goes on the rocks, the rocks are there, right there!” Ian's focus is to help individuals and couples get rid of the rocks and smooth out the sheets.

Therapist, Sex and Relationship Specialist, NYT Best-selling Author

Ian Kerner

Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist and nationally recognized sexuality counselor who specializes in sex therapy, couples therapy and working with individuals on a range of relational issues that often lead to distress. Ian is regularly quoted as an expert in various media, with recent features in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Economist and NPR amongst others. Ian contributes regularly on the topic of sex for CNN Health. He lectures frequently on topics related to sex and relationships, with recent presentations at New York University, Yale, Princeton, the Ackerman Institute and TED 2021. Ian is the New York Times best-selling author of She Comes First (Harper Collins) which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. In addition to being a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), Ian is certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists and is also a member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.

Featured In


  • Ian writes for CNN on how to turn rupture into repair
  • Ian talks with Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine on their GirlsGottaEat podcast about the "sex script" and some of the main issues that plague couples
  • Ian is quoted in The Economist
  • Ian discusses porn in America on NPR



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