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Women's Behavioral Health

Women's Integrated Sexual Health


WISH provides:

  • Help for cancer patients and survivors coping with sexual difficulties
  • Individual consultation and education
  • Offers a psychological intervention designed to prevent or reduce the sexual difficulties and stress that can follow cancer diagnosis and treatment

Addressing the unmet needs of cancer survivors
Over the past decade, Dr. Kristen Carpenter and her collaborators have conducted a great deal of research with cancer patients and survivors. This research has taught us two important things: First, sexual issues are common and difficult for cancer patients. Second, until now, there have been very few resources available to cancer patients coping with sexual difficulties and stress following their diagnosis and treatment.

What does this service involve?
Our team has particular expertise in the sexual and emotional health needs of cancer patients and survivors. Unlike other treatments for sexual concerns or difficulties, our services are designed specifically with those needs in mind. We offer individual consultation and education sessions, as well as individual and group psychotherapy. As with all of your medical care, treatment sessions and information are strictly confidential.

What is the cost?
This service is covered by most insurance companies. All appointments will be pre-authorized by our intake staff. Patients should contact their insurance provider for specific information about their policy.

Scheduling an appointment
If you’d like to schedule an appointment, please call Harding Behavioral Health at (614) 293-9600 to speak to the intake team. When making your appointment, please request Dr. Kristen Carpenter and specify that this is a WISH referral so that you can be scheduled appropriately.

To learn more, please call Dr. Kristen Carpenter at 614-293-9201, or via email at Kristen.Carpenter@osumc.edu.