The sex therapists at the U-M center for sexual health are licensed social workers who have received specialized training in helping people resolve sexual difficulties.
Sex therapists provide:
- Sex therapy for individuals or couples to help you improve sexual function, sexual confidence and sexual relationships
- Collaboration with your medical providers
- Collaboration with providers who can sometimes help with problems that contribute to sexual difficulties, such as physical therapists, psychiatrists, sexual medicine nurse practitioners, physicians, or gynecologists
- NO physical examination, nor prescription of medications are offered at the center for sexual health
- NO sexual activity is ever practiced in the therapist’s office
Sex Therapist Certification
- The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) is a national credentialing body that certifies sex therapists, counselors and educators
- All of the therapists at the center for sexual health are licensed social workers and are AASECT Certified Sex Therapists.
- AASECT credentials sexual health professionals on the basis of rigorous standards for academic preparation, supervised training and consultation, field-related experience and applied skills.
Claudia Kraus Piper, LMSW, DST is the Clinical Supervisor for Sexual Health Counseling Services . She is a Diplomat in Sex Therapy and works with individuals and couples. Claudia’s clinical interests include desire discrepancy, relationship conflict and sexuality, vulvovaginal disorders and pain. She also sees patients at the Center for Vulvar Diseases in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Research interests include the effects of vulvodynia on sexual function. Claudia also lectures to Social Work and Medical students at the University of Michigan.
Joyce A. Glisson, LMSW, CST, is a Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist at the center for sexual health. She specializes in sexual health and vulvar disease and has clinical interests in vulvar pain and vulvar diseases, male and female sexual function, medical or pain disorders interrupting sexual function, relationship and intimacy concerns, menopause/andropause and sexuality and aging, as well as sexual health education.
Mieke Beckman, LMSW, CST is a Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Sex Therapist at the center for sexual health. Mieke also provides brief sexual health counseling in two UMHS gynecology clinics: the Women With Developmental Disabilities clinic, and the Pediatric and Adolescent clinic. She specializes in sexual health and women's health, and her clinical interests include sexuality and disability, male and female sexual function, women's health, intimacy in relationships, and sexual health education.
Casey O’ Gara, LMSW, RN is a Clinical Social Worker and Certified Sex Therapist at the center for sexual health. She specializes in sexual health and vulvar diseases. Her clinical interests include male and female sexuality related to change/loss due to medical or psychological conditions, trauma, or the normal aging process, in addition to relationship and intimacy concerns.
Daniela Wittmann, Ph.D., LMSW, CST, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work. She specializes in the area of sexual recovery after chronic illness, with particular emphasis on prostate cancer. Her research interests include adjustment to chronic illness and the development and evaluation of sexual health interventions for couples when one member is recovering from cancer or another chronic illness.