Esther Perel

Esther Perel

Esther Perel is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an acknowledged authority on wartime, post-war, and refugee families; cultural identity; cross-cultural relations; erotic intelligence; and ethnic and religious intermarriage.

Her TED talk reached 1.5 million viewers in the first month. She is fluent in nine languages and her private psychotherapy practice in New York City serves multilingual clients. Esther Perel’s expertise has been sought after by victims of conflict as well as by marriage and family therapists and crisis counselors in training. She has led private and public interventions around the world, and also coaches, consults, and trains organizations and lay and professional audiences.

Perel holds degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Lesley College. She was trained and supervised as a marriage and family therapist by Salvador Minuchin, MD, and serves on the faculties of the department of psychiatry, New York University Medical School, and Columbia University’s International Trauma Studies Program, Mailman School of Public Health.

Perel’s innovative strategies and models for leadership have won her an international clientele. A frequent keynote speaker, she regularly addresses therapeutic and lay communities at conferences, cross-cultural forums, and workshops. She is also a media commentator, has written numerous articles, and is author of Mating in Captivity: Reconciling Sensuality and Domesticity.


What People are Saying About Esther Perel


“Esther Perel is a fearless writer and thinker who will challenge your views about sex in a radical and fundamental way.”
—Harriet Lerner, PhD, author of Dance of Anger

“Perel says the kind of things that are so contrary to popular wisdom, they actually sound blasphemous—and yet, at precisely the same moment that you’re being shocked by her, you’re also acknowledging the validity of her ideas. Perel’s ideas are...instantly familiar because they resonate deeply. It’s all rather terrifying in its intuitiveness and its pure rightness.”
The Observer

“[Esther Perel’s] advice is refreshingly counterintuitive.”

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