Contributed by Barry McCarthy

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Case Study March 1, 2013

Sex, Lies, and the Long Road Back

Recovering from an Extramarital Affair

Healing from an extramarital affair is rarely a simple process, especially when embarrassing sexual secrets and incompatibilities are exposed. Read more

These days, America seems to breed highly polarized and fractious debates, particularly concerning moral and social issues. Witness the bitter political... Read more

Heart of the Matter

Helping Couples Find Their Sexual Chemistry

Whether they know it or not, what most people are looking for in sex therapy isn't so much a change in specific behaviors as a way of developing a more... Read more

Case Study November 1, 2005

Sexual Heroin

Variant arousal patterns are an obstacle to intimacy

Take, for instance, Paula and Keith. They were in their early thirties and had been together for four years and married for nearly two when they came for their... Read more

Case Study May 2, 2004

Beyond Viagra

Why the Promise of Cure Far Exceeds the Reality

Despite all the hoopla, the dropout rate for Viagra exceeds 40 percent. A case explores the aspects of middle-aged sexuality that no drug can address. Read more

Barry McCarthy

Barry W. McCarthy, PhD, ABPP, is a certified marital and sex therapist and a tenured professor of psychology at American University.  His clinical expertise focused on integrating sex therapy strategies and techniques into individual and couples therapy, assessment and treatment of the most common male and female sexual problems, and a special expertise in the treatment of sexual desire disorders. 

Dr. McCarthy earned his BA from Loyola University and his MA and PhD from Southern Illinois University.  His professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Society for Sex Therapy and Research, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.  He is a Diplomate in sex therapy, earning this from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. 

As a leading expert in this field, Dr. McCarthy has presented over 350 workshops around the world, and his extensive list of publications includes over 100 professional articles, 26 book chapters, and co-authorship of 14 books, including Sex Made Simple (PESI, 2015), Enduring Desire (Routledge, 2010), Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style (Routledge, 2009), Men’s Sexual Health (Routledge, 2007), Coping with Erectile Dysfunction (New Harbinger, 2004), Getting It Right the First Time (Routledge, 2004), and Coping with Premature Ejaculation (New Harbinger, 2004).