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

Ian Kerner

Ian Kerner, PhD, LMFT

Ian 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. He approaches psychotherapy from an integrative perspective, which seeks to explain human behavior by bringing together physiological, affective, cognitive-behavioral, neurobiological and systemic approaches as they apply to the natural stages of human development and the wide range of human functioning.1 Ian endeavors to create an atmosphere of inquisitive reflection, along with a sense of safety and commitment to the therapist-patient bond.

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 appearances at New York University, Yale, Princeton, the Ackerman Institute and the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium.

Ian is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous books, including She Comes First (Harper Collins) which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He is currently working on a new book about sex and relationships which will be published in 2021 by Grand Central Publishing.

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 has sat on AASECT's Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and The American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA). His practice is composed equally of heterosexual and LGBTQ patients and is split between individuals and couples.

Ian has received post-graduate certification from the Psychotherapy Center for Gender and Sexuality and the Family and Couples Treatment Services divisions at ICP, where he is also on the faculty and teaches courses in sex therapy. Ian has also completed a post-graduate program in Trauma Studies at ICP, where he was trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in addition to other modalities for working with trauma survivors.

Ian was born and raised in New York City, where he lives with his wife and two sons and their family dogs, Jitterbug and Oscar.


1. Erskine, R. G., & Moursund, J. P. (2011). Integrative psychotherapy in action. Karnac Books.