Therapist Profile

Rose M. Hartzell-Cushanick, PhD
Professional Title:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
5555 Reservoir Drive, Ste. 300 San Diego, CA 92120-5194
(619) 265-8865
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Personal Statement

Personal Statement:
Rose Hartzell-Cushanick's focus in sexual health began during graduate work at Indiana University. At this time she trained under Dr. Angela Marshall working as a sex therapist. Dr. Hartzell has received extensive training there in cognitive behavioral therapy and marital and couple therapy. She is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (license number 53079) as well as a certified sex educator through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). Throughout her graduate career Dr. Hartzell also worked as a sexual health educator for the Indiana University Health Center and Office for Women’s Affairs. She ran the campus’s sexual assault prevention program and provided education regarding STIs/HIV and contraception to the campuses students. She also conducted sex research for the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the Rural Center for AIDS Prevention (RCAP) at this time. At this time she was awarded the Emerging Professional Award for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). Dr. Hartzell has continued to pursue her passion and commitment to the field of sexuality by working closely with Dr. Irwin Goldstein at San Diego Sexual Medicine. Dr. Hartzell currently is responsible for addressing the sexuality, relationship, and intimacy concerns of individuals and couples who seek help at San Diego Sexual Medicine. She is also responsible for educating sex therapists and medical doctors in the San Diego area during monthly Sexual Medicine Rounds held at Alvarado Hospital. Dr. Hartzell has written multiple publications and has presented at over 25 international and national meetings on sexuality matters. Dr. Hartzell is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and has taught numerous classes at Indiana University-Bloomington and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. She has also served as the program co-chair for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Western Region Conference in San Francisco, and is currently serving as the program co-chair for the national conference in San Diego in the Fall of 2013. Dr. Hartzell is a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She also serves as a reviewer for The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Dr. Hartzell is also an expert consultant/writer for and is the sex therapy ambassador for The 100 Women Project. She serves as a monthly sex expert for FOX5 News in San Diego and has been featured on CW6 in San Diego. Dr. Hartzell has been quoted in many magazine and newspaper articles including The New York Times and Women’s Health magazine.

About My Practice

Office Hours
M-F 8:30-4:30
Below are some relationship topics that couples may benefit from discussing during therapy with Dr. Hartzell.
  • Health problems/limitations
  • Poor communication skills
  • Fear of intimacy
  • Divorce/previous relationships
  • Children/parenting issues
  • Different relationship expectations
  • Grief
  • Financial disagreements
  • Differences in religious beliefs
  • Division of household or other tasks
  • Male/female roles
  • Extramarital relationships
  • Relationships with family, friends, and in-laws
  • Leisure activities

Dr. Hartzell can also help you with the following concerns:
  • Desire discrepancies
  • Orgasm problems
  • Pain with sexual activity
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Couples therapy for sexual problems
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Restarting sex after pregnancy
  • Overcoming sexual problems associated with infertility
  • Coping with sex and chronic illness, pain, or cancer
  • Surviving and thriving after negative sexual experiences
  • Addressing unique sexual concerns
  • Exploring LGPTI-related issues
  • Establishing realistic sexual goals for yourself and your relationship
  • Sexual boredom
  • Sexual addiction or compulsion
  • Discomfort with your body image
  • Coping with changes in your body and sexual life as you age
  • Difficulty relaxing and enjoying sex
  • Intimacy and communication issues effecting your sexual relationship
  • Coping with a sexually transmitted disease
  • Questions about sex and you don't know who to ask
No Insurance Accepted, Superbill provided
Credit Cards Accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Initial Consult
Offers Teletherapy
Online, Phone


Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Doctorate of Philosophy, 2009
Major: Health Behavior; Minor: Counseling & Human Sexuality Education Specialist, 2009
Major: Mental Health Counseling; Minor: Development Master of Science, 2009
Major: Counseling and Counselor Education, CACREP Accredited Program Master of Science, 2005
Major: Health Promotion University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Bachelor of Science, 2002 (Honors)
Major: Dance; Certificate: Women’s Studies

Area of Specialty

Communication Skills
Depression/Clinical Depression
Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming
HIV Related
Interracial Couples
Life Transitions/Mid-Life Issues
Men's Issues
Pre-Marriage Counseling
Sexual Dysfunction
Self Esteem/Personal Growth
Telephone/Online Therapy
Women's Issues


Theoretical Orientation
Brief/Solution Focused Therapy
Eclectic (Many Therapies)
Family Systems
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 53079) March 2013-present Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF 60870) August 2009-present Certified Sexuality Educator (AASECT) November2007- present Certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES) April 2005-present
Languages Spoken
Caucasian (Non-Hispanic)

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