041: 35 Detractors From Good Sex

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Podcast Description:

Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. David Hersh regarding his long career and experience as a sex therapist working with couples. Through this expertise Dr. Hersh has developed a concise and helpful list of things that detract from the type of sexual experiences most couples desire and want to seek after. He talks about how these detractors are much more common in creating problems in the bedroom than any type of official disorder or dysfunction, and how with a combination of relational tools, self-awareness and a willingness to address these detractors head on… many couples can make a significant difference in the quality of their sex life together.


Dr. David Hersh is one of North America’s noted Sex Therapists. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he completed his college and university studies at American International College, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in 1963. He then received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Springfield College in 1964, and did doctoral studies at Boston University from 1964 – 1966.

From 1979 – 1984, he was trained, supervised and mentored in Sex Therapy by Dr. Wardell Pomeroy of the Kinsey Institute. During these years, he did an internship in Sex Therapy at the San Francisco Sexual Health Care Clinic, received a doctorate in 1986, and practiced in San Francisco from 1979 – 1990.

Dr. Hersh has lived and practiced in Canada since 1990, where he became a Canadian citizen in 2006. He sees patients in Calgary, AB, Nelson, BC, and San Francisco, California.

His emphasis is on counselling couples and individuals to achieve their greatest relationship potential, beyond the diagnosis and treatment of relationship and/or sexual concerns, to reach the most exciting levels of their relationship with their partners.

Dr. Hersh is a Professional Member of AASECT (American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists). He is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), a Board Certified Sexologist by the American College of Sexologists (ACS), a Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Sexologists (ABS), and a Founding Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists (FAACS). He is one of the founders of the Sex Therapy Consortium in San Francisco, and was qualified as an expert in Human Sexuality by the Supreme Court of British Columbia, in 2003.

He is also a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) and is listed in The International Who’s Who in Sexology (1st ed.). He has been a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the Sex Information and Education Councils of the United States (SIECUS) and Canada (SIECCAN), and has served as a branch Board member and Educator for the Planned Parenthood Association of BC. He is also on the Board of Advisers for The Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Hersh provides consultation to colleagues. He also continues to teach, train and mentor.

He has been in a successful, 35+ year relationship and marriage.

Resources Mentioned During this Podcast:



Dr. Wardel Pomeroy

Psychology of Sex

Thank you to Jeff Meyers for the intro and Peter & Mary Danzig of Otter Creek Duo for the concluding bumper music.


Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT, CST can be reached at natashaparker.org and runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions, which focuses on helping families and individuals with faith concerns, sexuality and mental health. She hosts the Mormon Mental Health and Mormon Sex Info Podcasts, is the current past president of the Mormon Mental Health Association and runs a sex education program, Sex Talk with Natasha. She has over 20 years of experience working with primarily an LDS/Mormon clientele

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