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The Short Version: Dating is difficult even under the best of circumstances, but sexual stigma, emotional trauma, and unresolved childhood issues can make it even harder to open your heart to someone. Mental barriers can keep people feeling isolated and unhappy, but noted sex therapist Dr. Aline Zoldbrod gives her clients the tools to tear down those walls and establish intimate and loving relationships. Her private practice in Boston has been an excellent resource for singles and couples hoping to turn their love lives around. Aline has also written three self-help books on sexual topics to give couples valuable insight into how to bring more pleasure and less pain into their relationships.
Dr. Aline Zoldbrod was fortunate to grow up in a loving home with two well-adjusted parents who gave her the attention, care, and comfort she needed as a child.
“I was unusually lucky in who I had as parents,” she said. “Both of them were loving, affectionate, attentive, and devoted. They loved each other, and they loved me. They listened to my thoughts and paid attention.”
Their excellent parenting set their daughter up for success in life. Today, Aline is a seasoned psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples in the Greater Boston area.
Since she received her certification as a sex therapist in 1993, Aline has become a well-respected authority on relationships, love, and sex, tackling emotional issues with enduring compassion and wisdom. She has spoken at dozens of professional conferences and shared with her colleagues the fundamentals of her methods and approach to therapy.
As a certified sex therapist, Aline often sees clients in her office dealing with deeply personal issues, but her open-minded support helps them feel comfortable sharing their experiences in a safe, confidential setting. Her goal is to make her clients “sex smart,” meaning they feel good about themselves and therefore become more open to experiencing pleasure with a trusted partner.
“My mission in life, in large part, is to help people who were not as lucky as I was in early life to grow, as adults, into the loving, secure, attached, intimate people they were meant to be,” Aline said. “I keep up with my training because working with people is fascinating, and it’s always possible to learn new things.”
Aline has many different interests and passions in life. She enjoys gardening, dancing, and traveling, but the thing that brings her the most fulfillment is working with couples experiencing intimacy issues. She sits down with people of all ages, listens to their stories, and helps them find ways to grow. You can call (781) 863-1877 to make an appointment.
By drawing on her skills and experience as a therapist, Aline has enlightened many individuals about what it means to be a loving partner and how they can cultivate healthy relationship practices both in and out of the bedroom.
Her clients come from all over Boston, and some travel from New Hampshire or Rhode Island to see her. She approaches each session with a lighthearted spirit and an open mind. She often sits sideways in her chair, giving her client her undivided attention, and responds with empathy and authority. At the end of each session, she gives her clients something to think about and specific habits to work on between sessions.
“My therapy style is matched to what my clients need, so it’s fluid,” she told us. “I’m always attuned, hardworking, active, warm and emphatic. No matter what the problem, I guarantee that I won’t sit there and just say ‘uh huh.’”
Aline said she may be a bit quirky, but she is absolutely serious about helping her clients. Sometimes her sense of humor can actually break the ice and allow the individual or couple to open up and trust her. She’s not some detached professional judging her clients — she’s a friendly mentor and adviser on the winding path of life.
Whether she’s working with a couple who haven’t had sex in years or an individual who has been through sexual trauma, Aline provides a safe space to have a conversation about how to overcome mental and emotional issues and pursue healthy, gratifying, and exciting sexual experiences.
“If the problem is sexual, there is often a psychoeducational component to the therapy,” she said. “That means I will teach you some things you will need to understand in order to enjoy sex more than you did when you first came to me.”
Developing a healthy sex life takes dedication and knowledge, but not every adult has the skills they need at their disposal. Aline wants to reach out to people around the world — not just those who come to her office — and give them valuable and practical information about sex and relationships. She offers a lot of good information on her website’s blog, and she is also a regular contributor to Newsmax’s health section.
If you want Aline’s in-depth analysis on sexual topics, you can check out her nonfiction books. Aline has written extensively about infertility and intimacy. She has provided specific instructions on everything from how to talk about sex to how to enjoy having sex.
“People like my BodyMap technique to help with communicating about what kinds of sensual and sexual touch are pleasant,” Aline said. “I have tried to teach people about the critical importance of good touch for sexual pleasure.”
To learn more about the BodyMap, you can read about it in “SexSmart: How Your Childhood Shaped Your Sexual Life and What to Do About It,” which was originally published in 1998. The book may be two decades old, but its advice still rings true.
In this book, Aline discusses how experiencing abuse as a child can lead to having sexual problems as an adult. She outlines the important milestones of sexual development and offers therapeutic solutions proven to help people develop healthier sexual and relational habits.
“SexSmart helps people figure out what the hidden source of their problems in relationships and sexuality is,” she said. “If you are puzzled by the root causes of your problems with attachment, intimacy, or sexuality, SexSmart would be worth reading.”
Throughout her career, Aline has had a positive impact on many people’s lives. She has seen couples reconnect with one another in her office. She has seen individuals overcome their limiting beliefs and embrace their sexuality. She is particularly keen to help women learn to enjoy having sex. “I firmly believe that each woman can learn to accept and appreciate the pleasures of her own sexuality, no matter what her age or her prior history,” she said. “This is one of my passions as a sex therapist.”
While she has seen many success stories in her private practice, Aline doesn’t break confidence with her clients by sharing testimonials or thank-you letters. She keeps that information private because she values the trust given to her by people in crisis.
“I admire my clients for having the guts to confront their feelings of discomfort, pain, fear, secrecy and shame,” she said. “They let me into their private worlds.”
“Thank you, Dr. Zoldbrod, for this groundbreaking work that I hope someday will become common knowledge.” — Staci Sprout in a review of “SexSmart”
Aline said she feels blessed every time she sees a relationship blossom under her watch. Whether her clients seek help dealing with an affair, childhood abuse, anxiety, or other sex-related problems, they can trust Aline to hear them out and offer them meaningful solutions based on years of experience.
“I love that I was an ingredient in these people’s healing,” she told us. “My clients who were very happy sometimes stay in contact with me, often writing letters to let me know, for instance, that they are happy in their marriages, that they have resolved their infertility, that they enjoy sex more, or that they are finally feeling joy instead of depression.”
Aline grew up knowing without a doubt that she was loved, and she said she always felt grateful to her parents for giving her the emotional support she needed to thrive. “My experience was unusual,” she told us. “I knew it even then.”
As a professional sex therapist, Aline now provides caring and warmhearted guidance to people who may not have had the good fortune to be born into loving and healthy families. Whether you’re reading her books or sitting in her office in Boston, you can gain insight into your personal psychology as well as human sexuality as a whole.
Aline’s clients benefit from her friendly and knowledgeable approach to therapy, and they often have breakthroughs in their therapy sessions. “Sometimes we’ll laugh, and sometimes we’ll cry,” Aline said. “You won’t be bored. You won’t feel that I am.”