Sex in the Desert

Here’s a trio of little known fun facts:  The entire Palm Springs Valley has but one doctor of human sexuality, his name is Winston Wilde, and he established his practice—the Desert Center for Sexuality Awareness—right here in Rancho Mirage.

Founded in 2011, DCSA’s mission is “to provide services to the people of the Coachella Valley and beyond.  These public services are to promote sexual health and happiness, to provide sex education to diverse audiences, to create and sustain community, and to expand the awareness of sexual culture through art.”  Wilde—whose other feathers-in-cap include being a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified sex therapist, and a visiting lecturer in sexology at both UCLA and UC Riverside—has assembled a small but expert staff of colleagues who deliver compassionate, personalized care.  And the center’s physical space itself is rather impressive—large, comfortable, and very welcoming.

So if you should find yourself in need of sex therapy—or if you’d just like to talk to someone knowledgeable and open-minded in an ethical and safe environment—drop in at 71-777 San Jacinto Drive, Suite 204, in Rancho Mirage, call 760-773-3463, or visit DCSA online at  As the center’s website clearly states, it offers a “variety of programs for men and women and those in between, for everyone from kids to seniors, and for those of any sexual orientation.  Give us a shout, and let us know how we can help you and your family.”

In addition to providing professional educational, counseling, and psychotherapy services, Wilde and company also host many events at their center that are just plain fun.  On Friday, May 17, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, the center will offer a free showing of the 2004 movie “Quills,” starring Geoffrey Rush (as the Marquis de Sade) and Kate Winslet.  On June 7, Dr. Marilyn Lawrence, a sexologist from Los Angeles, will speak on the topic of Healthy Childhood Sexual Development.  And on June 21, it’s back to the cinema with a screening of “The Sessions,” starring Helen Hunt as real-life sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen-Greene and John Hawkes as her patient Mark O’Brien.  A short discussion will follow.

For more information on any of the above, don’t be shy, call or email

Center for Sexuality