About Us

Promoting Healthy & Lasting Love Relationships with Satisfying Sexual Lives

The Kurtz Center for Love & Intimacy sets the standards for excellence in providing specialized clinical services and workshops, as well as training of therapists for marriage and sex coaching, and for the treatment of sexual addictions.

The Center is based in Cognitive Dynamic Therapy Associates’ (CDTA’s) Oakland offices at

155 North Craig Street, located conveniently near the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. The Center is named in honor of Shirley Kurtz, M.S.W., Ph.D., a psychologist who has been in practice since the 1970s, and who has been affiliated with CDTA since 1997.

Dr. Kurtz is one of the first therapists in Pittsburgh who earned certification from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974, when few women pursued advanced degrees, Dr. Kurtz studied under William H. Masters and

Virginia E. Johnson, pioneers in research about human sexual response and the diagnosis and treatment of sexual disorders, and co-authors of two classic texts in the field. Throughout her career, Dr. Kurtz has trained nearly two dozen psychologists to be certified sex therapists, giving CDTA more ASSECT-certified therapists than any psychology practice in the United States.


For more information, contact Dr. Robert Schwartz at 412.687.8700, x102, or schwartz@cogdyn.com