By Cheryl T. Cohen-Greene, Lorna Garano
For the earlier 40 years, Cheryl Cohen Greene has labored as a surrogate companion, supporting consumers to confront, think of, and eventually settle for their sexuality. during this riveting memoir, Cohen Greene stocks a few of her so much relocating circumstances, and in addition finds her personal sexual coming-of-age. starting with a inflexible Catholic upbringing within the Nineteen Fifties, the place she was once taught to imagine intercourse and sexual wants have been unnatural and mistaken, Cohen Greene struggled to reconcile her sexual identity.
An Intimate Life deals a candid investigate the private lifetime of a surrogate companion, studying the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing whatever most folk don't instantly understand.
The memoir opens with Cohen Greene's paintings with Berkeley-based poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, whose essay "On Seeing A intercourse Surrogate" was once tailored right into a significant movie titled "The Sessions," which used to be published national in October 2012.
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For my husband, Bob, whose love and support made this book possible. I love you! foreword Surrogate partner therapy involves three people: the client, the surrogate partner, and the “talk” therapist who weaves it all together. That’s me. I make the initial recommendation to incorporate surrogate partner therapy for selected clients. Once the process has started, the surrogate partner and I confer after each surrogate/client meeting and plan the next. Then the client processes the surrogate experience in a “talk” therapy appointment with me.
Thirty years of collaborating about clients with Cheryl has taught me many things. Here are three of the most important: Sex therapy, like life, is never linear, so keeping a spare tank of energy around is always a good strategy. An open-hearted surrogate partner can find real sexual attractiveness in a person least likely to grace the cover of a magazine. And last, the Age of AIDS won’t stop a brilliant surrogate partner from doing her work. Cheryl is one of a kind. She’s the person I want to sit next to at sexuality conferences to get her unique take on the research and what it means to her work.
Mark took a few little gulps of air and released his lips. ” From the way he said my name, Che-ryl, I could tell that Mark and I had something in common. We were both transplanted New Englanders. I told him I was from Salem, just outside of Boston, and that I had been born into the big French Canadian community there. My maiden name was Theriault (pronounced “Terry-O”). “ . . ” he asked. “I was,” I said, and smiled. “I still am,” he said. ” I laughed and Mark’s eyes brightened. I took off the jacket that I really didn’t need on this warm mid-March day, dragged a chair from the corner of the room, and sat down by the side of the bed.
An intimate life: Sex, love, and my journey as a surrogate partner by Cheryl T. Cohen-Greene, Lorna Garano