The Center for Relationships and Sexuality was established in 2005 in Allentown, PA, where it is based, by Dr. David Roth, and the late Dr. Carole Moretz, with its sex therapy practice in New York City, Phoenix, the San Francisco Bay Area, and now online internationally.
Our commitment is to help you in your pursuit of pleasure and intimacy and fulfilling relationships in an environment where desire, passion, and eroticism are uniquely satisfying and meaningful to you.
Everyone deserves a fulfilling sex life.
Recent surveys show that 40% of American women and one-third of American men are dissatisfied with their sex lives.
Half of us say that we would like to improve the quality of our relationships.
Many of us are troubled by shame associated with our sex lives.
Some people come to the Center with specific problems. Others want to enhance what is already good to make their relationships and/or sex as special as it can be.
What We Do
The relationships and sexuality practice directed by Dr. David Roth with other consulting specialist clinicians is distinguished by its unique, multidisciplinary, integral/wholistic (mind-body-spirit and social-interpersonal-cultural) approach. Additionally, work at the Center is informed by the very latest advances in affective neuroscience.
Our services include…
Individual assessment and therapy/counseling
Partner and couples therapy
Retreats, seminars and workshops
Referrals to other specialists
We help people with a broad range of sex and relationship problems and issues.
If YOU believe you have a problem, you probably do.
We are committed to helping you to understand your situation or condition, identify your options, and provide or arrange for the most capable professional help you may need. As humans, our bodies, hearts and souls yearn for profound intimate experiences and rewarding relationships. But achieving these aims is not always simple, easy, or intuitive.
We also help people to make good relationships and sexual experiences even better. We are committed to helping you explore, enrich and deepen your already satisfying sexual and relationship life. We support your desire for sex that is meaningful to you and even sacred.
We offer an environment that is confidential, non-judgmental, shame-free, sensitive and caring. We respect and honor the lives, experiences and belief systems of those who come to us. We care about you. Sex therapy doesn’t have to be scary and there is no reason to be ashamed. We are committed to understanding YOU and your unique felt needs and true desires.
We routinely work with “lifestyle,” kink, and so-called complex, difficult situations and cases. Of course, we have always worked with persona of all gender identities and sexual orientations.
If you wonder whether we can help someone like you, simply inquire.
We will be truthful. Chances are we can.
Who We Are
David Roth, PhD, became interested in relationships and sexuality when, as a teen, he discovered Dr. Alex Comfort’s book The Joy of Sex. While studying anthropology at Temple University he found a copy of Malinowski’s classic The Sexual Life of Savages and his professional interest in sexuality was secured.
Dr. Roth received his post-graduate training in sex and relationship therapy at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/UMDNJ. He received his doctorate from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy, and was a Fellow in Psychoanalysis at the NYU Psychoanalytic Institute affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine/Langone Medical Center (now renamed the Psychoanalytic Association of New York). He also completed a residency in clinical pastoral care at Lehigh Valley Hospital, the teaching hospital of Penn State University Medical School, in Allentown, PA.
For many years he served as a director of spiritual care and clinical supervisor for chaplaincy training in hospitals and hospices, and as a professor of spirituality and clinical chaplaincy. He continues to be a recognized leader in the field of clinical pastoral care and brings his understanding of how we each bring our own belief systems and how we construct meaning and purpose in our lives to his work in sex and relationship therapy.
David is a clinical fellow of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society, a diplomate supervisor certified by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, and a member of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems. In 1989 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.
His forthcoming book, The Intimacy Equation, will be published in 2024.
Dr. Carole Moretz, RN, MSN, PsyD (d.2022) saw herself as a fellow sojourner. She believed that we all long for intimate, sexually fulfilling relationships, that failure of intimacy produces immense pain and success is necessary for full humanness.
Carole was a clinical psychologist with a background in cognitive behavioral therapies. She received her doctorate in psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and her certification as a sex therapist from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. In addition, she was a registered nurse and earned master’s degrees in marital therapy from Kutztown University and nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research and served as a facilitator at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s annual Human Sexuality Week training medical students and other clinicians. Dr. Moretz died in 2022.
Who Can We Help
If you identify with one or more of the following, you’ll want to contact us for an initial appointment and assessment.
Aren’t satisfied with sex and intimacy in your life
Feel disinterest or deterioration in your relationship or sex life
Want to explore new dimensions of your sexuality or relationship possibilities
Are eager to make your already satisfying sex life even better
If you are suffering the pain of…
Conflict in your sexual/relationship life
Difficulties following a sexual betrayal or infidelity
A relationship break-up
The sickness or death of a spouse or companion
If you or your partner think about, desire or engage in sexual activities that are…
Unsettling to you or your partner(s), or
At odds with you or a partner’s beliefs, faith or conscience
If your or a partner’s personal history includes…
Sexual abuse or trauma
Body image issues
Rejection or emotional abandonment
Closeness or intimacy problems
If you or a partner…
Have feelings of sexual shame
Engage in compulsive or “addictive” sexual behavior
Worry about your sexual desires, wishes or fantasies
If your or a partner’s sense of intimacy and/or sexual ability have been affected by…
Changing life circumstances
Illness or disease
Traumatic physical injury or an accident
The effects of aging
We are committed to assuring your privacy.
Confidentiality is of absolute importance to us. Feel free to contact us here without sharing your full name or, if you wish, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will reply promptly to set up an initial consultation at no charge to you.
We look forward to helping you or we will refer you to someone we believe to be most qualified to help.