Dagmar O’Connor PhD was the first female sex therapist trained by Masters and Johnson in New York City. For more than four decades Dr. O’Connor has practiced in New York while developing a new comprehensive approach to relationship and sex therapy. A pioneer in her field, she developed a treatment method based on understanding the connection between sexual responsiveness and performance with childhood developmental experiences.
Dr. O’Connor’s treatment method is a progressive approach to relationship and sex therapy, combining cognitive and psychodynamic short term therapy resulting in longer lasting and more satisfying attachments. This approach has been the focus of her seminars at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which sold out and were repeated year after year.
Dr. O’Connor was on staff at medical facilities in New York City: She was Director of the Sex Therapy Clinic, Department of Psychiatry at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital; a “Lecturer in Psychiatry” at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and Director of Training/Instructor at New York Medical College’s Department of OB/GYN sex therapy program.
She pioneered group therapy for women who had been sexually abused and helped develop legislation, with the New York Women’s Bar association, for techniques in working with children who had been sexually abused.
Her book, “How To Make Love To The Same Person For The Rest Of Your Life And Still Love It” became an instant bestseller and has been translated into 16 languages. The Publisher’s Weekly review said “This book deserves to be on every bedside table.” Dr. O’Connor is currently working on a new book.
In addition to her research and private practice, Dr. O’Connor holds vacation “Sexual Self-Esteem” and “Sex Therapy For Couples” workshops for men and women in Puerto Rico.