Dr. Eli Mayer is a Clinical Psychologist and a Certified Sex Therapist and Sex Therapy Supervisor with a long-standing interest in Human Sexuality, especially as it relates to non-normative populations. He is known to have a warm engaging style, and frequently employs good-natured humor as part of his work. He sees his job as a psychologist as collaboration with you, working on the issues that are of concern to you. Rather than wishing to “control behavior”, he works with people to expand the options open to them, to unleash potential, to increase the amount of enjoyment available in life, and to decrease suffering.
Dr. Mayer completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Yeshiva University, writing his thesis on Gay Male Sexual Partnership Styles. During training, he studied Sex Therapy at SUNY Downstate with Dr. Marian Dunn and Dr. Steve Friedman. Opening an independent practice in NYC’s Greenwich Village in 1987, at the height of the AIDS Epidemic, he quickly established expertise working with sexuality among highly stigmatized populations who were confronting death, alienation and grieving.
As one of the first gay male psychologists to practice openly in New York City, he developed a very keen appreciation of the destructive forces of being marginalized, and feels that the strong sense of empathy he developed has guided him in his clinical work.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Mayer has taught undergraduates for many years at Baruch College, CUNY, of which he is an alum. His teaching experience also includes supervising the clinical work of doctoral candidates at Yeshiva, Pace and Rutgers Universities, and currently is on the faculty of NYU Langone Medical Center as a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry.
In the last decade, he has intensified his study of Sex Therapy, under the direct supervision of Dr. Marian Dunn and Dr. Suzanne Lasenza, and is an active member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.
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