Special thanks to Jassy Timberlake of Northampton Sex Therapy Associates for compiling this resource list:

General Clinical Sex Therapy:

  •  “A Clinician’s Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy, 2nd edition” by Gerald Weeks, Nancy Gambescia & Katherine Hertlein
  •  “Systemic Sex Therapy, 2nd edition” by Gerald Weeks, Katherine Hertlein & Nancy Gambescia
  • “Principles and Practices of Sex Therapy” by Sandra R. Leiblum
  • “Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy” by Yitzchak M. Binik PhD and Kathryn S. K. Hall PhD
  • “The Art of Sex Coaching:  Expanding Your Practice” by Patti Britton
  • “New Directions in Sex Therapy:  Innovations and Alternatives” by Peggy J. Kleinplatz
  • “Quickies: The Handbook of Brief Sex Therapy” by Shelley K. Green
  • “Sex Made Simple: Clinical Strategies for Sexual Issues in Therapy” by Barry McCarthy
  • “The Illustrated Manual of Sex Therapy” by Helen Singer Kaplan
  • “Sex, Love and Mental Illness: A Couple’s Guide to Staying Connected” by Stephanie Buehler
  • “What Every Mental Health Professional Needs to Know About Sex” by Stephanie Buehler
  • “The Erotic Mind” by Jack Morin
  • “SexSmart: Transform Your Sex Life” by Aline P. Zoldbrod
  • “Sexual Dysfunction: A Guide for Assessment and Treatment” by John R. Wincze and Risa B. Weisberg
  • “Sexual Health in Recovery: A Professional Counselor’s Manual” By Douglas Braun-Harvey
  • “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” by Alfred C. Kinsey
  • “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female” by Alfred C. Kinsey
  • “Behavioral Treatment of Sexual Problems:  Brief Therapy” by Jack S. Annon
  • “The Sex Researchers” by Edward M. Brecher and Williams H. Masters
  • “Sexual Variance in Society and History” by Vern L. Bullough
  • “The Guide to Getting It On” by Paul Joannides
  • “Don’t Put That in There! And 69 Other Sex Myths Debunked” by Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman

Men and Sex

  • “The New Male Sexuality” by Bernie Zilbergeld
  • “Coping with Erectile Dysfunction” by Metz and McCarthy
  • “Coping with Premature Ejaculation” by Metz and McCarthy
  • “Men’s Sexual Health: Fitness for Satisfying Sex” by Barry W. McCarthy and Michael E. Metz

Women and Sex:

  • “Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire” by L. Diamond
  • “Sex for One: The Joy of Self-Loving” by Betty Dodson
  • “The Clitoral Truth: The Secret World at Your Fingertips” by R. Chalker
  • “The Elusive Orgasm: A Woman’s Guide to Why She Can’t and How She Can Orgasm” by V. Cass
  • “For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality” by Lonnie Barbach
  • “Sex Matters for Women: A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self” by Sallie Foley, Sally Kope and Dennis P. Sugrue
  • “Women, Sex, Power, and Pleasure:  Getting the Life (and Sex) You Want” by Evelyn Resh
  • “Tantric Sex for Women: A Guide for Lesbian, Bi, Hetero and Solo Lovers ” by Christa Schulte
  • “She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide To Pleasuring a Woman” by Ian Kerner
  • “Woman: An Intimate Geography” by Natalie Angier
  • “Femalia” by Joani Blank
  • “When the Earth Moves: Women and Orgasm” by Mikaya Heart
  • “The Science of Orgasm” by Barry R. Komisaruk, Carlos Beyer-Flores and Beverly Whipple

Out of Control Sexual Behavior:

  • “Treating Out Of Control Sexual Behavior: Rethinking Sex Addiction” by Douglas Braun-Harvey and Michael A. Vigorito
  • “The Myth of Sex Addiction” by David J. Ley
  • “Ethical Porn for Dicks:  A Man’s Guide to Responsible Viewing Pleasure” by David Ley


  • “Reclaiming Your Sexual Self:  How You Can Bring Desire Back Into Your Life” by Kathryn Hall
  • “Come As You Are:  The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life” by Emily Nagoski
  • “Passionate Marriage:  Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships” by David Schnarch
  • “Intimacy and Desire: Awaken the Passion in Your Relationship” by David Schnarch
  • “Rekindling Desire” by Barry and Emily McCarthy
  • “The Return of Desire: A Guide to Rediscovering Your Sexual Passion” by Gina Ogden
  • “Passionista: The Empowered Woman’s Guide to Pleasuring a Man” by Ian Kerner
  • “Mating In Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence” by Esther Perel
  • “Uncoupling: Turning Points in Intimate Relationships” by Diane Vaughan

Sex and Trauma:

  • “The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body In the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel Van der Kolk
  • “The Sexual Healing Journey:  A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse” by Wendy Maltz
  • “The Survivor’s Guide to Sex: How to Have an Empowered Sex Life After Childhood Sexual Abuse” by  Staci Haines
  • “Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse” by Mike Lew


  • “Not Just Friends: Rebuilding Trust and Restoring Your Sanity After Infidelity” by Shirley P. Glass and Jean Coppock Staeheli
  • “After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful” by Janis Spring


  • “The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual Possibilities” by Dossie Easton and Catherine A. Liszt
  • “More Than Two:  A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory” by Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert
  • “Opening Up” by Tristan Taormino

Consensual Non-Monogamy:

  • “Love in Abundance: A Counselor’s Advice on Open Relationships” by Kathy Labriola


  • “Sexual Outsiders: Understanding BDSM Sexualities and Communities” by David M. Ortmann and Richard Sprott
  • “Understanding Bestiality and Zoophilia” by Hani MIletski
  • “Perv: The Sexual Deviant In All of Us” by Jesse Bering

Sex and Aging:

  • “Naked At Our Age:  Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex” by Joan Price

Sex and Fat:

  • “Big, Big Love: A Sex and Relationship Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love them)” by Hanne Blank
  • “Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight” by Linda Bacon
  • “The Round World: Life at the Intersection of Love, Sex and Fat” by Dan Oliverio
  • “Curvy Girl Sex: 101 Body-Positive Positions to Empower Your Sex Life” by Elle Chase

Cancer and Sex:

  • “Woman Cancer Sex” by Anne Katz
  • “Man Cancer Sex” by Anne Katz
  • “Prostate Cancer and the Man You Love: Supporting and Caring for your Partner” by Anne Katz
  • “Reclaiming Sex and Intimacy After Prostate Cancer” by Jeffrey Albaugh
  • “What Every Gay Man Needs to Know About Prostate Cancer:  Diagnosis Treatment and Recovery” Edited by Gerald Perlman.

Women and Sexual Pain:

  • “The V Book:  A Doctor’s Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health” by Elizabeth G. Stewart and Paula Spencer
  • “Healing Painful Sex: A Woman’s Guide to Confronting, Diagnosing, and Treating Sexual Pain” by Deborah Coady and Nancy Fish
  • “When Sex Hurts: A Woman’s Guide to Banishing Sexual Pain” by Andrew Goldstein and Caroline Pukall
  • “Pelvic Pain Explained” by Stephanie A. Prendergast and Elizabeth H. Rummer
  • “A Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Sexual Fear & Pain” by Aurelie Jones Goodwin & Marc E. Agronin


  • “Men Loving Men: A Gay Sex Guide and Consciousness Book” by M. Walker
  • “The Joy of Gay Sex” by C. Silverstein and F. Picano
  • “The Psychology of Sexual Orientation, Behavior, and Identity:  A Handbook” by L. Diamant and R. McAnulty
  • “10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do To Improve Their Lives” by Joe Kort
  • “10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Find Real Love” by Joe Kort
  • “Ultimate Gay Sex” by M. Ford
  • “The Ins and Outs of Gay Sex” by S. Goldstone
  • “Gay and Gray: The Older Homosexxual Man, Second Edition by J. Dececco
  • “Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and Their Families” by Arlene Istar Lev
  • “The Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus:  How to Go Down on a Woman and Give Her Exquisite Pleasure” by Violet Blue
  • “The Whole Lesbian Sex Book: A Passionate Guide for All of Us” by Felice Newman
  • “Understanding Asexuality” by Anthony F. Bogaert
  • “The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality” by Julie Sondra Decker
  • “Girl Sex 101” by Allison Moon and KD Diamond
  • “Sexual Intimacy for Women:  A Guide for Same-Sex Couples” by Glenda Corwin
  • “The Gender Creative Child: Pathways For Nurturing and Supporting Children Who Live Outside Gender Boxes” by Diane Ehrensaft and Norman Spack
  • “The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals” by Stephanie Brill and Rachel Pepper

Sex and Disability:

  • “The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability: For All of Us Who Live With Disabilities Chronic Pain and Illness” by Mirian Kaufman, Cory Silverberg and Fran Odette
  • “Power Exchange Book:  Playing with Disabilities” by Angela Stassinopoulas
  • The Science of Orgasm (dense and full of scientific documentation)  is a great reference.

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