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Dr. Roberta Caplan, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
40 Crescent Street; Suite 102
Waltham, MA
 

Dr. Roberta Caplan specializes in psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Caplan include adoption issues, depression, and infertility. She accepts the following insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, and Self-Pay/Uninsured. Dr. Caplan is open to new patients.

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Dr. Rose Anne Negele, EdD
Specializes in Psychology
33 Bedford Street; Suite 1
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Rose Negele practices psychology in Boston, MA and Lexington, MA. These areas are among her clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and domestic abuse. Patient reviews placed her at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Negele honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans, and Aetna. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Negele's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Joanna Bunker Rohrbaugh, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
192 Upland Road; #r
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. Joanna Rohrbaugh practices psychology in Cambridge, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Rohrbaugh include depression, sexuality, and life transitions. Dr. Rohrbaugh accepts Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Joseph Francis Doherty, EdD
Specializes in Psychology
278 Elm Street; Suite 228
Somerville, MA
 

Dr. Joseph Doherty is a psychologist in Somerville, MA, Cambridge, MA, and Braintree, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Doherty include depression, sexuality, and stress management. Dr. Doherty is an in-network provider for Fallon Community Health Plan (FCHP), Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Michaela Mendelsohn, PhD
Specializes in Group Therapy, Psychology
1675 Massachusetts Avenue; 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. Michaela Mendelsohn works as a group therapist and psychologist in Cambridge, MA and Wellesley Hills, MA. Dr. Mendelsohn's areas of expertise include the following: crisis intervention, depression, and domestic abuse. She accepts Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Sumru Erkut, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
11 Winslow Street
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. Sumru Erkut works as a psychologist. These areas are among Dr. Erkut's clinical interests: depression, behavior therapy, and immigration issues. She honors Magellan Health Services, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, she speaks Turkish. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Steven Neil Shapse, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
The Mall at Lincoln Street; 145 Lincoln Rd Po Box 112
Lincoln, MA
 

Dr. Steven Shapse works as a psychologist. These areas are among his clinical interests: depression, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. He takes Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. Dr. Shapse has an open panel.

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Specializes in Psychology
11 Field Road
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Andrea Celenza's area of specialization is psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Celenza include depression, narrative therapy, and existential psychotherapy. Dr. Celenza honors Self-Pay/Uninsured and Medicare insurance. She welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
33 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Rita Hurwitz's area of specialization is psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hurwitz include depression, sexuality, and life transitions. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and First Health, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Hurwitz is open to new patients.

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Dr. Sandra Annette Dixon, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
360 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA
 

Dr. Sandra Dixon specializes in psychology and practices in Medford, MA and Arlington, MA. Clinical interests for Dr. Dixon include depression, phobias, and humanistic psychotherapy. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, PacifiCare, and Aetna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dixon is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
9 Meriam Street; #22
Lexington, MA
 

Dr. Stephanie Brody is a psychologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Brody include adoption issues, depression, and infertility. Dr. Brody is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. She is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
240 Concord Avenue; Suite 2
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. Sheila Maher works as a psychologist. Her areas of expertise include depression, infertility, and grief. Dr. Maher honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, and more. She has an open panel.

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Specializes in Psychology
22 Hilliard Street
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. Anne Welsh's area of specialization is psychology. Her areas of expertise include the following: life transitions, stress management, and meditation. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. Dr. Welsh is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
22 Hilliard Street
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. Linda Camlin's area of specialization is psychology. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, life transitions, and attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD). She is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. Dr. Camlin welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
366 Massachusetts Avenue; Suite 101
Arlington, MA
 

Dr. Robin Hasenfeld works as a psychologist. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hasenfeld include depression, sexuality, and gender identity. Dr. Hasenfeld is in-network for Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. She has an open panel.

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Specializes in Psychology
1679 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
 

Dr. David Raniere works as a psychologist in Cambridge, MA. His clinical interests include depression, infertility, and phobias. Dr. Raniere accepts Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. His practice is open to new patients.

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What is Sexual Health?

Sexual health is a broad and loosely defined term that encompasses several extremely different areas of medicine. Sexual health not only includes physical health related to the act of sex, but also emotional, mental, or identity issues that can interfere with healthy sexuality. Because this scope is so broad, a huge number of health care professionals can accurately say they work in the sexual health specialty. Some of the many varied conditions included in sexual health include intimacy disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, reproductive health, LGBTQ issues, and sexual violence.

Sexual intimacy disorders are those that cause problems with the act of sexual intercourse, such as erectile dysfunction or vulvodynia. Erectile dysfunction, the inability to get or maintain an erection hard enough for sexual intercourse, is extremely common. It affects fully half of men over 40 to some degree. It is treated with medications, devices, or surgery. Vulvodynia, burning pain in the vulva that can be made worse with sexal activity, has no known cause. It is treated with oral or topical medications.

Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, are bacterial or viral infections that are contagious in the bodily fluids exchanged during sexual contact. Barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, help prevent the spread of STDs. HIV is a virus that can be caught from an infected person’s sexual fluids or blood. When the virus infects the body, it interferes with the immune system and causes the disease known as AIDS. There is no cure, but anti-viral medications can help people with AIDS live a long and healthy life. Herpes is also a virus found in sexual fluids, called HSV-2. It causes blisters that come and go on the genitals. There is no cure for herpes, but anti-virals can minimize outbreaks. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are both bacterial infections. They are extremely common and often have no symptoms. The most common signs of an infection are burning pain and discharge. Gonorrhea and chlamydia can be treated with medications.

Reproductive health refers to both contraception and infertility treatment. Contraceptives prevent and plan the timing of pregnancy. Some, such as a vasectomy or tubal ligation, are extremely effective at preventing pregnancy. Others, such as spermicides, are less reliable. Popular contraceptives include condoms, birth control pills, IUDs, and diaphragms. On the other side of reproductive health, infertility is the inability to carry a pregnancy to term after one year of trying. It can be due to problems in either the man or the woman, and both genders are affected equally. In total, about 15% of the population suffer from infertility. Infertility treatments include medications and surgery.

Gay and transgender people are as healthy as anyone else, but they have a few specific health care needs that may sometimes fall under the sexual health umbrella. First, many LGBT people still face discrimination from healthcare providers, so providing supportive and appropriate care is an issue. Because of social attitudes surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity, many gay and transgender people struggle with their identities. Rates of depression, substance abuse, and suicide are all higher in this group. Providing mental health support and counseling to those in transition is critical. Finally, transgender patients who are undergoing gender affirmation require sensitive medical health care, including surgical and hormonal treatment.

Sexual violence can be defined as any unwanted or non-consensual sexual activity. It ranges from sexual harassment to touching to rape. It affects women more than men and is widespread: 1 in 4 women report being victims of sexual violence at the hands of a partner, and as many as 1 in 3 girls report their first sexual contact as being violent. Sexual violence has lasting physical and emotional consequences for victims, but educating both girls and boys can prevent violence. Care for those who have endured sexual violence includes counseling and mental health support, medical care, and legal support.

Humans are sexual creatures from the time we reach puberty through the rest of our lives. Sexuality is more than a reproductive requirement -- it is a form of expression and identity. Sexual health blends all these aspects of our experience together and helps us lead sexually fulfilling lives.
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