Emma Schmidt & Associates is the only sex therapy group practice in Cincinnati. Our mission is to promote healthy sexuality and great intimate relationships. As sex therapists, we believe you deserve to have a great sex life and relationships that fire on all cylinders. That’s why we are devoted to being the best in the sex & relationship therapy field.

Emma started the practice in 2011 because she found that the sex therapy field was significantly under-served in the Cincinnati area. Sex plays a big part in our lives and when it isn’t going well can have a huge effect on our intimate relationship. We know that 30-40% of men and women struggle with some sort of sexual disorder or sexual dysfunction. We also know that when sex isn't working well it can affect up to 80% of our relationship in a negative way. That’s huge! What we see is that through guided conversation and exercises clients are able to not only have a greater bond and connection but tell us that after therapy with us, they are happier than they have ever been in their relationship. That’s pretty impactful. And that’s why we do what we do.

Please feel free to contact us to see if an in-person therapy session in Cincinnati is your right next step.


What is Sex Therapy?

Sex therapy is a form of counseling led by a trained professional in the field of sex therapy to help individuals and/or couples with their sexual concerns.


Through 45-50 minutes sessions therapist and client will explore sexual difficulties in an open, relaxing and therapeutic environment. Sessions are uniquely designed for each individual and/or couple. Taken into account are the client’s interests and personality, in order to utilize different therapeutic approaches to fit the specific situation. The healing process incorporates approaches, such as Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Art Therapy, Mindfulness and Meditation Interventions.


The latest research and community resources are utilized to best assist clients on their journey to optimal health.

Why Sex Therapy?

People look for sex therapy as a means to resolve conflicts surrounding their sex life, or for improving communication during sex. Sex therapy can benefit not only couples, but singles, parents, kids, and families.


Seeking therapy as early as possible during these times can positively impact your view of yourself and allow you to live the life you deserve.


Areas of focus consist of but are not limited to:

  • Performance anxieties, inhibited orgasm, erectile difficulties, premature ejaculation
  • Sexual desire and libido
  • Sexual disorders and dysfunction
  • Sexually acting out behaviors such as infidelity and addictions
  • Gender identity
  • Emotional intimacy and desire in relationships
  • Sexual trauma and abuse
  • Depression, stress, anger, anxiety that affect sexual health
  • Mind and body integration
  • Boundaries


Emma Schmidt
Owner/Certified Sex Therapist
When my husband and I got married (over 10 years ago now!) we had a Read More
Amy Clark
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Supervisor
Amy is passionate about guiding people in the journey of exploring their true self. As Read More
Natalie Andrews
Marriage & Family Therapist
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Cassy Booker
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Therapy can be a difficult step to take for many people. Sex and relationship therapy, takes it to a whole new level. Although Emma Schmidt and Assoc. are very comfortable talking to their clients about any sexual problems they have, she and her team understand that it can feel abnormal to talk to others about the depths of one's sex life. Talking about sex is a very personal, vulnerable area to go to. Emma Schmidt and Assoc.’s goal is to create a space that feels welcoming for you to explore and work on the areas that you are concerned with.

Though Emma and her team focus on sexual difficulties, they understand that sometimes, the relationship outside of the sexual pieces needs some work. If you are looking to just work on your relationship, that’s okay as well.

Sex therapy can involve a number of different concerns. Emma Schmidt + Assoc. work with women, men and LGBTQ populations. If you are not sure if Emma and her team fit what you're are looking for, feel free to send a message or call and they will be glad to answer your questions and/or guide you to someone who best fits your situation.


We have 2 locations in the Cincinnati area:
  • Hyde Park, OH
  • Fort Thomas, KY


Does Emma Schmidt & Associates take insurance?
As with everything health insurance... it's complicated. We do not provide in-network care for any insurance provider. However, if your insurance provider covers out-of-network mental health benefits, we can provide you with documentation of your treatement that you can file with your claims. Our clinicians can provide you with a monthly "superbill" that you file with your claim to your insurance company. Each therapist is able to also accept HSA and FSA cards through their credit card readers, which is the easiest way to leverage insurance if that is part of your plan. All the team members' fees differ:
  • Emma $200
  • Amy $120
  • Natalie $100
  • Cassy $100
Each therapist has a certain number of spots at reduced rates. Please let us know if you are needing financial assistance.
Are you a sex surrogate?
None of the people on our team are sex surrogates. Sex therapy with a therapist on our team utilizes talk therapy while also providing exercises for you to practice at home. Sometimes, a client will be referred to a pelvic floor specialist for certain physical conditions.
How do I schedule a session?
You can schedule a session by sending us an email at contact@emma-schmidt.com or by calling 513-438-0448. We are not always able to answer the phone, please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
What are the office hours?
Each therapist has a variety of hours open ranging from early in the morning to late evening and also weekend times slots. Please let us know, if you need a certain time for your session and we'll try and accommodate you as much as possible.
What are sessions like?
Sessions are about helping clients resolve a problem(s) they are facing. This is typically done through emotion-focused therapy, client-centered therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy approaches. Emma and her team attempt to mold therapy toward your unique personality and what best fits with your situation.
What is the sexual history assessment for?
The sexual history assessment allows Emma and her team to get a more comprehensive idea of what has been going on in your life leading up to therapy. This is typically done on your own and takes about an hour to fill out. Your therapist or coach looks over the assessment outside of the session for a session fee. This eliminates the amount of time that you are in session since we understand that your time is precious.
Is there parking?
The entrance to our Hyde Park office is on the side of the building off Saybrook Ave. Parking is in the front of the office building.
What happens once I arrive at the office?
Please note that the entrance is on the side of the building off Saybrook Ave. Once you arrive you will enter our waiting room. Please sign-in on the iPad. Signing-in will notify our clinicians that you are waiting for them. Feel free to grab a water, coffee or a different refreshment while you wait.

Recent Posts

Emma Schmidt & Assoc., Sex + Relationship Therapy
Emma Schmidt & Assoc., Sex + Relationship TherapyWednesday, November 6th, 2019 at 3:43pm
How many of you hate having sex at night because you’re tired or full from dinner 🙋🏻‍♀️? I hear this all the time from clients! Sometimes you have to get creative when it comes to when and how you have sex. It adds some fun to it.

Here’s what I want you to do. I want you to go home and instead of going into your normal routine I want you to eat a snack on the way home (and text your partner to do the same) and have sex or some sort of sexual, physical intimacy when you get home instead of late at night when your tank is empty. Pursue your partner the way they like. Text your partner what you want them to do to you.

If you have kids...#sorry #notsorry. Or leave early before you need to pick them up from where they are 👌🏻 .
Try it out and let me know how it goes. You got this 👊🏻 #sextherapy #sex #sexualintimacy #creativesex #cincinnati #snacks #emmaschmidtandassociates #kortneekatephotography #sexualhealthmatters 📷 Kortnee Kate Photography
Emma Schmidt & Assoc., Sex + Relationship Therapy
Emma Schmidt & Assoc., Sex + Relationship TherapyThursday, October 24th, 2019 at 2:05pm
New research showing increased sexual dysfunction in females with cancer both pre, and post treatment.

"The authors believe that even prior to chemotherapy, women with a new cancer diagnosis have lower androgen levels than controls. This could be due to preexisting suppression of the hypothalamic pituitary ovarian axis. Following therapy, androgen levels drop even further, and while there is some recovery, long-term levels remain lower than in controls."

This suggests women experiencing sexual dysfunction who have a history of cancer may still be experiencing effects.
Emma Schmidt & Assoc., Sex + Relationship Therapy
Emma Schmidt & Assoc., Sex + Relationship TherapySaturday, October 5th, 2019 at 11:11am
“Surround yourself with people who inspire you”. I had the opportunity to watch this special woman, Patty Brisben being inducted into the Cincinnati Hall of Fame this week. It was so incredible seeing how she has changed and impacted the sexual health field not only in Cincinnati but in the world. Proud to be a part of the Patty Brisben Foundation which helps raise money for sexual health research and provides free sexual health information to the community. #sexualhealthmatters #sexualhealth #pattybrisben #trailblazer #pattybrisbenfoundation
Emma Schmidt & Assoc., Sex + Relationship Therapy
Emma Schmidt & Assoc., Sex + Relationship TherapyFriday, October 4th, 2019 at 6:42pm
Meet our newest therapist, Cassy! She’s a licensed professional counselor and sex therapist. From the moment you meet her she provides such warmth and happiness. Get to know her more 👇🏻

What do you do for fun?

I love spontaneous trips to places I’ve never been. Exploring new cities is one of my favorite things to do— I love experiencing each ones unique culture and quirks. Playing board games with friends or anything of the competitive nature is always fun for me. Lastly, any themed activity (Oktoberfest, Murder Mystery Dinner, Haunted Houses, etc.)

What’s your favorite book to refer to clients?

My favorite book to recommend to clients is the The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapmen. It’s such a great resource to help us understand how we and our partners receive and feel loved.

Why do you do this type of work?

I believe that sex is meant to be a beautiful and healthy way to connect with our partners but brokenness in our world often leads to sex being painful, triggering, shameful, and dividing. I want to assist individuals and couples in breaking down those barriers, opening honest dialogue and finding freedom in their relationships with themselves and their partners.

Who is your ideal client?

Anyone who is seeking freedom in an area of life that they currently feel stuck in. I enjoy working with both couples and individuals!

What’s you’re favorite quote?

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”- Theodore Roosevelt


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • Child Protective Services (513) 721-7044
  • Children’s Crisis Care Center (513) 241-KIDS
  • Crisis Care Center (513) 281-CARE
  • Drug & Poison Center (513) 636-5111
  • Psychiatric Emergency Service (513) 558-8577
  • Police-Fire-Ambulance 911
  • Women Helping Women (513) 381-5610 (24-hour hotline. Formerly Rape Crisis Center)
  • YWCA Shelter (513) 872-9259
  • Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction – Patrick Carnes, Ph.D
  • Women, Sex and Addiction: A Search for Love and Power- Charolette Davis Kasl, Ph.D
  • No Stones: Women Redeemed from Sexual Addiction – Marnie Ferree (Spiritually based)
  • Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal – Marsha Means, Barbara Steffens, Ph.D.
  • Sexy Ever After: Intimacy Post- Cancer – Patty Brisben
  • Man Cancer Sex – Anne Katz
  • Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer – M. Korda
  • Sexuality and Fertility After Cancer – Leslie Schover
  • For the Man Who has Cancer and His Partner – Leslie Schover
  • For the Woman Who has Cancer and Her Partner – Leslie Schover
  • Overcoming Male Infertility: Understanding Causes and Treatments – Leslie Schover and Anthony Thomas


  • The Courage to heal: A Guide for Women and Men Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse – Laura Davis Harper (Also comes in a workbook version)
  • The Sexual Healing Journey – Wendy Maltz
  • Beauty Restored – Me Ra Koh
  • Healing the Incest Wound – Christine Coutois


  • The V Book: A Doctor’s Complete Guide to Vulvovaginal Health – Elizabeth G. Steward and Paula Spencer
  • When Sex Hurts – Andrew Goldstein, MD, Caroline Pukall, PhD and Irwin Goldstein, MD
  • Coping with Erectile Dysfunction: How to Regain Confidence and Enjoy Sex – Metz & McCarthy
  • Coping with Premature Ejaculation: How to Overcome PE, Please Your Partner and Have Great Sex – Metz & McCarthy
  • Restoring the Pleasure – Penner & Penner (spiritually based)
  • The Way to Love your Wife: A Married Guys Guide to Great Sex – Penner & Penner (spiritually based)
  • Celebration of Sex – Dr. Doug Rosenau (spiritually based)
  • Secrets of Eve: Understanding the Mystery of Female Sexuality – Hart, Weber & Taylor (spiritually based)


  • Menopause: A Time of Courage, Management and Fulfillment of Dreams – Mischel Harriet, Ph.D
  • The Challenge of Menopause: Denial vs. Constructive Coping - Michel Harriet, Ph.D
Disclaimer: While I recommend the above resources, there may be some statements which I do not fully agree with. I still value and believe the above list can be very beneficial for educational and healing purposes.



Make an appointment by calling or emailing us:

(513) 438-0448

Email: contact@emma-schmidt.com


Emma Schmidt & Associates, Sex + Relationship Therapy
3665 Erie Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45208