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Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit (SBCU)

Consultation and Evaluation

Consultation and evaluation are offered for a broad range of sexual issues. (See Conditions We Treat) Adults in relationships are evaluated as a couple when appropriate. Children and adolescents are typically accompanied by their parents. Separate interviews are conducted with children/adolescents and their parents. Pataients from agencies should be accompanied by an informant.

Evaluations at The Johns Hopkins Hosptial occur on Friday afternoons from 12:45 noon to 5:00 p.m. Patients complete several self-report psychological inventories, and are interviewed to obtain complete medical, social, psychiatric and sexual histories. Physical examinations and blood tests are performed when indicated.


Following evaluation, the SBCU also offers a broad spectrum of referrals for treatments, including:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Marital/relationship counseling
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Family therapy
  • Group therapy

Extended Medical Consultation

The SBCU collaborates with psychiatrists and other physicians, psychologists and other health professionals and agencies. When appropriate at the time of evaluation, referrals are made to specialties such as urology, gynecology, endocrinology, pediatrics, and internal medicine for further medical examination and possible treatment. A collaborative relationship is maintained with these specialties while the patient is treated or evaluated in the SBCU.


Initial evaluations at the SBCU occur in Room 144 of the Meyer Building at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Click here for directions.

Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit (SBCU)
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Meyer 144
600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21287


All referral, evaluation and treatment records are held in the strictest confidence and released only with written consent of the patient(s). Couples are interviewed together as well as in confidential individual meetings. We obey all legal mandatory reporting requirements.

Our Expert Team

The psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists of the SBCU have faculty appointments in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Medical students and others in training are sometimes present for evaluations.


Denise Sawyer
Phone: 410-539-1661
Fax: 410-539-1664


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