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Dr. Rudolph Patrick Savage Jr., PhD
Specializes in Family Therapy, Neuropsychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Health Psychology, Counseling, Child Psychology, Addiction Therapy
1109 Spring Street; Suite 604
Silver Spring, MD
 

Dr. Rudolph Savage practices family therapy, neuropsychology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy in Olney, MD and Silver Spring, MD. Clinical interests for Dr. Savage include behavioral medicine, depression, and phobias. He is an in-network provider for Self-Pay/Uninsured and Medicare insurance. Dr. Savage is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Lawrence I Sank, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
6310 Winston Drive
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Lawrence Sank works as a psychologist in Bethesda, MD. These areas are among his clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and infertility. He is an in-network provider for Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. Dr. Sank has an open panel.

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Dr. Eileen Frances Buese, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
8608 Ridge Road
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Eileen Buese is a psychologist. Her clinical interests include depression, infertility, and phobias. Health Net, Coventry, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Buese takes. In addition to English, Dr. Buese speaks Spanish. Dr. Buese's practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Stephen J.F. Holland, PsyD
Specializes in Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Addiction Therapy, Child Psychology
1729 21st Street, Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Stephen Holland is a group therapist, family therapist, and cognitive therapist in Washington, DC. Areas of expertise for Dr. Holland include acceptance and commitment therapy, bulimia, and alcohol abuse. Dr. Holland honors Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Joanne Boyd Irving, PhD
Specializes in Family Therapy, Psychology
4405 E West Highway; Suite 301
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Joanne Irving's specialties are family therapy and psychology. She practices in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Irving's areas of expertise include depression, infidelity issues, and separation. She is an in-network provider for Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. David S Rose, PhD
Specializes in Psychology, Counseling, Psychotherapy
1110 Fidler Lane; Suite 1417
Silver Spring, MD
 

Dr. David Rose's areas of specialization are psychology, counseling, and psychotherapy. These areas are among his clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and phobias. Dr. Rose takes Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. He has an open panel.

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Dr. Walter John Hillabrant, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
1927 38th Street Nw
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Walter Hillabrant works as a psychologist in Washington, DC. Dr. Hillabrant speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. He is an in-network provider for Self-Pay/Uninsured and Medicare insurance. He is open to new patients.

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Dr. Douglas W Labier, PhD
Specializes in Psychology, Psychoanalysis
5225 Connecticut Avenue, Nw; Suite 214
Washington, DC
 

Dr. Douglas Labier works as a psychologist and psychoanalyst. Clinical interests for Dr. Labier include depression, existential psychotherapy, and diagnostic evaluation. He takes Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Labier's office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Psychology
6000 Executive Boulevard; Suite 530
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Andre Weiss' area of specialization is psychology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weiss include depression, behavior therapy, and existential psychotherapy. She accepts Self-Pay/Uninsured and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Weiss's office for an appointment.

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Dr. Selena C Snow, PhD
Specializes in Psychology, Psychotherapy
6260 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Selena Snow's specialties are psychology and psychotherapy. She practices in Rockville, MD. Areas of expertise for Dr. Snow include behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. Dr. Snow is an in-network provider for Out of Network, Self-Pay/Uninsured, and Medicare insurance. She is conversant in Hebrew. She has an open panel.

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Dr. David P Fago, PhD
Specializes in Family Therapy, Child Psychology
7307 Baltimore Avenue; Suite 208
College Park, MD
 

Dr. David Fago's areas of specialization are family therapy and child psychology. Dr. Fago's areas of expertise include the following: depression, behavior therapy, and education consultation. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Self-Pay/Uninsured, and Medicare insurance. In addition to English, he speaks German. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Dr. Julie Ann Bindeman, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
5818 B Hubbard Drive
Rockville, MD
 

Dr. Julie Bindeman's specialty is psychology. These areas are among Dr. Bindeman's clinical interests: depression, life transitions, and infertility. She takes Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Anna Maria R Francis, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
5480 Wisconsin Avenue; Suite 204
Chevy Chase, MD
 

Dr. Anna Francis works as a psychologist in Chevy Chase, MD. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, infertility, and phobias. She accepts Self-Pay/Uninsured and Medicare insurance. Dr. Francis is open to new patients.

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Dr. Cynthia L Post, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
602 Mcneill Road
Silver Spring, MD
 

Dr. Cynthia Post's specialty is psychology. These areas are among her clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and behavior therapy. Dr. Post is rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by her patients. She is in-network for Self-Pay/Uninsured and Medicare insurance. Dr. Post is open to new patients.

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Dr. Nancy Floyd Hafkin, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
4300 Montgomery Avenue; Suite 201
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Nancy Hafkin specializes in psychology and practices in Bethesda, MD. Her areas of expertise include the following: crisis intervention, adoption issues, and depression. Dr. Hafkin accepts Self-Pay/Uninsured insurance. She is accepting new patients.

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Dr. Shawn Victoria Macdonald, PhD
Specializes in Psychology, Counseling
4400 East - West Highway; Suite 1028
Bethesda, MD
 

Dr. Shawn Macdonald's specialties are psychology and counseling. She has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Her clinical interests include depression, narrative therapy, and infertility. Dr. Macdonald honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, APS Healthcare, and Self-Pay/Uninsured. She is accepting 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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