Women's Sexualities
  Dr. Carol Rinkleib Ellison

Generations of Women Share Intimate Secrets of Sexual Self-Acceptance

Generations of Women
Share Intimate Secrets
of Sexual Self-Acceptance

Photo by Cynthia Sheffer,
Sacramento, California

Dear Reader:

Who are you?

How does your sexuality fit into who you are?

These were the first questions I asked the women I interviewed for
Women's Sexualities

These interviews, and others, guided the creation of the 16-page Ellison/Zilbergeld Survey that asked women about how they experience and express their sexualities. What these women told me -- in their interviews and through the Survey -- forms the foundation of this book.

Who Am I?

Professionally, I've been a licensed psychologist and also a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in issues of sexuality and intimacy for over 20 years; in addition, I teach sexuality courses for mental health professionals and therapists-in-training. I am certified by AASECT as a sex educator and as a sex therapist. (AASECT is the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, & Therapists.) I'm also a research fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. (SSSS.)

When I do sex therapy, I wear at least three hats:

1. sexual choreographer (tm) in which I am a coach facilitator, and instructor for creating erotic pleasure.

2. sexual detective/problem solver, in which I try to figure out, diagnose, what is going on in the sexual problems my clients bring to me.

3. sexual advisor, in which I assume the role of mentor, knowledgeable teacher, trainer, guide, educator, counselor, tutor, consultant, and provide solutions to problems and other relevant and appropriate information.

In my personal life, I'm blessed with a wonderful life partner; he brings happiness and serenity into my life and we laugh together every day. I have a son, three daughters and two grandchildren. Like you, I've had to make decisions and find my way with respect to my sexuality. And like you (if you're like most people), sometimes I did this wisely, sometimes not.

In my research I've been particularly interested in variations in how women experience their sexualities and in how sexuality fits into the various ages and contexts of women's lives.

How do we become who we are?

What are the developmental milestones on the path to sexual womanhood that contribute to a positive sexual self image?

What makes sex meaningful and satisfying?

And what detracts from sexual well being and a positive sense of self?

I hope you will find Women's Sexualities a valuable resource.


Dr. Carol Rinkleib Ellison