Shame and sexuality

We have worked with people with a history of, facing charges for, or at risk of committing, a wide variety of sex crimes, including but not limited to (this list is in alphabetical order):

  • Child abuse/molestation
  • Child pornography
  • Domestic violence
  • Exhibitionism
  • Frotteurism (fondling)
  • Minor attraction (pedophilia/hebephilia/ephebophilia)
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault/abuse
  • Unlawful surveillance (voyeurism)
  • Voyeurism

We have clinicians who have been accredited by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and are Certified Sex Offender Treatment Providers. In addition, some of us are on the approved list of recommended therapists maintained by the Association for Sex Abuse Prevention, an organization formed to provide support for non-offending minor-attracted persons (MAPs) who want to avoid acting on their attraction to children.

These certifications and affiliations – though often appreciated by lawyers and courts – are not what make a good therapist for a person charged with or worried about committing a sex crime, or struggling with desires you might find overwhelming, or shameful, or both.

We might have a good therapist for you because we have bottomless empathy and curiosity, and judgment of others is not in our job description. We have extensive experience working with people wrongfully accused, as well as with those who did indeed commit the crimes with which they were charged.

We work the same way with everyone, and are interested in your experience, not in questions of guilt or innocence.

Whether you choose to work with us or with someone else, if you are attracted to minors, we recommend this page, published by B4UAct, an organization that promotes professional services and resources for self-identified individuals (adults and adolescents) who are sexually attracted to children and want therapy.

Confidentiality

Many people worry about the confidentiality of what they tell their therapists. When we first speak, be sure to discuss your therapist’s ethical and legal obligations – and their approach to them – as it relates to confidentiality.

It is vitally important to me that you feel safe talking with a therapist, that you’re not worried about the possibility that you might “get in trouble” for what you say in therapy.

We have never reported a patient to the authorities.