Dr. Melanie Rose, Clinical Sexologist
Commonly asked questions
Why should I see a sexologist?
Most therapists, counselors and doctors have very little training in sexuality and may not feel comfortable discussing sexual concerns or have the education to address those concerns. Sexologists are highly educated in the many facets of human sexuality and are sex positive, non-judgmental and are focused on enhancing pleasure rather than discovering pathology. Therefore, sexologists are able to create an environment of safety and comfort for you to explore your sexual concerns and experiences. Sexologists also provide accurate information, practices to enhance sexual function and new skills, and lots of encouragement. They practice more like a coach more than a therapist, moving you more quickly towards the place you want to be.
What does it mean to be "sex-positive"?
Being sex positive means having a positive attitude about sexuality, one that supports pleasure and diversity. It acknowledges people's right to engage in a full range of consensual sexual behavior, and doesn't assume what the right amount of sex is. By supporting the diversity of attractions and interests, it recognizes that people deserve to find an optimum healthy sexuality that works for them.
Will my insurance pay for sex coaching?
While sexologists are highly trained in understanding sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender, it is a small but growing field and there is currently no licensure for sexologists. Therefore insurance companies do not reimburse for our services.
I see clients Monday through Friday from 11am to 6pm. Some evening appointments are available as needed.
75 minute appointment ~ $225
Longer sessions can be arranged as needed.
I occasionally offer a sliding scale for those in need.
My office is located in a residential area of Oakland, near 580 and Fruitvale. Off street parking is available.
Free Initial Phone Consultation
I offer free 15 minute phone conversations to answer any questions, briefly discuss what you would like help with and to decide if we are a good fit for working together. Let me know if you would like to schedule a time to chat.
What is a sexologist?
Sexologists have higher-level education (usually a masters or doctorate) in sexuality that is scientifically, anthropologically and historically based. It is a non-biased approach that explores what people do sexually, how they feel about their sexuality and how culture shapes sexual attitudes and behaviors, as well as what we now know scientifically about human sexual development and function. Sexologists also explore how gender identity, sexual orientation, age and disability play a role in someone's sexuality.