Lonnie Barbach

Lonnie Barbach, PhD, has worked a couple’s therapist for more than three decades and is the coauthor of Going the Distance: Finding and Keeping Lifelong Love, which she wrote with her partner of 25 years and which has defined her as an acknowledged expert on intimate relationships.

As one of the first codirectors of clinical training at the University of California San Francisco's Human Sexuality Progam, Barbach created the women’s preorgasmic group treatment program. Considered a pioneer in her field, her dozen books, translated into an equal number of languages, have sold more than 4 million copies in the Unites States alone.

Barbach has appeared on hundreds of local radio and television programs as well as most nationally televised talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS Morning News, and Charlie Rose. 

Barbach’s advice columns have appeared in Playgirl, New Woman, eternelle, and McCall’s. She was featured as the lead story, her photograph on the cover, of the 25th anniversary edition of San Francisco Magazine. Articles and excerpts from her books have been published in magazines, ranging from Family Circle and Redbook to Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health. And her edited compilations of female oriented erotica initiated a new literary genre.

Barbach’s other books include For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality; Each Other: The Pause; Pleasures: Women Write Erotica; Turn-Ons: Pleasing Yourself While Your Please Your Lover; Seductions: Tales of Erotic Persuation; Erotic Edge: 22 Stories for Couples: Erotic Interludes; Maintaining Pleasures; and Shared Intimacies: Women’s Sexual Experience.

Barbach is a life member of the American Psychological Association; a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists; and an elected member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health.