Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 125–134 | Cite as

Sex Therapy Surrogate Partners for Individuals with Very Limited Functional Ability Following Traumatic Brain Injury

  • R. Aloni
  • O. KerenEmail author
  • S. Katz
Original Paper


The use of surrogate sex therapists for survivors after Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) who have Very Limited Functional Ability (VLFA) is discussed. It includes the rationale of using surrogate therapy with this population as well as some of the professional and ethical issues that such therapy can evoke. It is suggested that surrogate therapy can provide satisfaction and positive experiences to the restricted lives of some of the VLFA-TBI survivors. The use of surrogate therapy is viewed as a part of the integral rehabilitation process aimed at improving the quality of life and the fulfillment of basic human intimacy needs. Often requiring help in this important area of life, they are not always able to initiate and control emotional behaviors to promote healthy sexual relationship and activity. Surrogate therapy is an activity that can help survivors with TBI monitor and initiate feelings, reactions and motivation in intimate relationships, as well as provide a certain amount of control over their lives. A case study is presented to illustrate the process of sex therapy with a surrogate partner for a VLFA-TBI survivor.


Traumatic Brain Injury Sex rehabilitation Sex therapy Surrogate partner 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sexual Private ClinicTel-AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Rehabilitation Ward, Rehabilitation MedicineAlyn, Rehabilitation Pediatric Center, Rehabilitation MedicineJerusalemIsrael
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyBar Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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