Joy Davidson, Ph.D, MFT

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I have been in practice for over twenty-five years as an individual psychotherapist, a relationship therapist, an AASECT certified sex therapist, and coach. I am experienced and comfortable working with all forms of personal, relational, and sexual styles—from traditional to alternative. My therapeutic style is warm, open, and direct. A close colleague once said that she refers clients to me because I am both “compassionate and tough.” I probably would have said “straightforward”—but, either way, the description fits.
In addition, I have special knowledge and experience working with people in the creative & entertainment arts and those in the financial world—including traders and other risk-managers. Having had private practices for many years in both Los Angeles and New York City's financial district, I understand the demands and unique challenges these clients face in their personal and professional lives.
If you'd like to read a more "official" bio, below you'll find exactly what you would see on my website.  I also highly recommend a visit there if you'd like to read some of my relationship-oriented articles, or if you're uncertain about the distinctions between various types of therapy (especially couples therapy, sex therapy, and sex coaching). You'll find detailed descriptions of what you can expect from each at this link:
Now for that official Bio:
Joy Davidson, Ph.D. 
Dr. Joy Davidson is a renowned author, speaker and psychotherapist who has dedicated her career to empowering women, men, and couples in their search for self-understanding, relationship fulfillment, and creative expression.

As a writer of books, articles and advice columns—both in print and online—she has reached untold millions of readers, and her sexual enrichment videos have been viewed by over fifteen million and counting.

Dr. Davidson’s warm, vivacious personal style has made her a sought-after guest on hundreds of national television and radio shows, including Oprah, Geraldo, CNN News, Entertainment Tonight, Sally, Montel, Maury, Bill O’Reilly. She has delivered featured talks to numerous organizations including the University of Southern California, the Women in Management Association, The Young President’s Association, the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex.

Dr. Davidson is the co-creator and writer behind the award winning home video series, “Secrets of Making Love to the Same Person Forever,” produced in association with The Sharper Image and Playboy Entertainment Group.    She is the author of Fearless Sex: A Guide to Overcoming Your Romantic Obsessions and Getting the Sex Life You Deserve. In hardcover it was a selection of the Literary Guild and the Venus Book Club.

Dr. Davidson is often asked to provide expert analysis and commentary on psychological issues in popular media and culture. She is the editor of The Psychology of Joss Whedon: An Unauthorized Exploration of Buffy, Angel and Firefly, which is one of Benbella Books’ acclaimed Smart Pop series. She is also a contributor to four more Smart Pop anthologies, including: Finding Serenity: Anti-heroes, Lost Shepards and Space Hookers in Joss Whedon’s Firefly; Five Seasons Of Angel: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance Authors Discuss Their Favorite Vampire; and What Would Sipowitz Do?: Race, Sex and Redemption in NYPD Blue.

Dr. Davidson’s first book, The Agony Of It All: The Drive for Drama and Excitement in Women’s Lives, was described by Kirkus Reviews as: “a genuine contribution to the growing library on women’s studies.” Also a selection of the Literary Guild, it was excerpted in Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, Woman, and Cosmopolitan.

Dr. Davidson’s articles and columns have appeared in Playgirl magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, Cosmopolitan, New Woman, Family Circle, and First for Women, to name just a handful. She is frequently interviewed and quoted by national magazines and newspapers including, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Redbook, Men’s Health, Prevention, Women’s Health, Maxim, and Esquire.

Dr. Davidson holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AASECT* certified Sex Therapist, as well a former member of AASECT’s Board of Directors.

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Century City LA CA