Sari Eckler Cooper is a licensed Individual and Couples Psychotherapist, as well as an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist who has been helping individuals and couples (straight and gay) overcome their emotional, psychological and sexual issues for more than 20 years in private practice. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from The Juilliard School where she majored in Dance. Following a professional career as a modern dancer, choreographer and producer she returned to school for her Masters in Social Work from Hunter College. She graduated from the Post-Graduate Externship Program in Family and Couples therapy at The Ackerman Center for the Family where she studied Family Systems Therapy. She completed her sex therapy training with Dr. Sandra Leiblum at the Human Sexuality Program/UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
She has been committed in her career to helping individuals and couples with their goals of connecting more emotionally and sexually in authentic ways to their partners or spouses. She works with individuals who are being challenged by erectile dysfunction, pain disorders, premature ejaculation and other dysfunctions. She has also helped couples renew their trust and transform their relationship after one partner has had an affair. Sari has worked with clients who have experienced some sort of emotional abuse or neglect or physical abuse or violence to heal from past traumatic events in order to move forward into rewarding relationships. Clients have also come into treatment with anxiety related issues that prevent them from relating well to partners/spouses sexually and may also affect their functioning in their professional life. As well, she works with clients who have developed sexually compulsive or addictive behaviors with porn and/or with partners to help them on the path to recovery and transformation.
A regular contributor on the topic of sexuality, relationships, parenting and divorce for The Huffington Post, an author of a regular blog titled Sex Esteem: How to Confidently Navigate Relationship Boundaries on Psychology Today in which she explores sexting, online porn, social media and monogamy and how these affect modern relationships. She is quoted regularly in the media on sites and publications like ivillage, Women's Health, Barron's, New York Post and Dr. Oz's website sharecare.com. She is a leading speaker in her field having presented at annual professional conferences of The American Family Therapy Academy, The American Association for Educators, Counselors and Therapists, the New York State Society for Clinical Social Workers as well as Employee Assistance Programs, private groups and schools.
Sari is called on frequently to comment on sexual and relationship issues in the news on television shows like: CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, THe Bill Cunningham Show, as well as a new show premiering in Jan. 2014 called Serch. She has a youtube channel titled Sari Cooper-Sex Esteem where she discusses issues facing modern couples today.
Sari has worked with people on both sexual and non-sexual issues in her private practice office in New York City. With her many years of experience as both a choreographer and psychotherapist Sari combines her intuitive and intellectual perceptions when untangling the emotional, psychological, spiritual and sexual choreography that causes individuals and couples to get stuck in repetitive, painful sequences within their relationship. Her understanding of the mind/body connection profoundly informs her practice as does her ability to refer clients to physicians or physical therapists when the situation warrants it. She has deep respect for her clients’ strengths and views therapy as a powerful instrument in aiding them to reconnect with their best selves so they can revitalize their primary relationships.
Sari is an active member of the following professional organizations: