Now, I will not promise that any given therapist will follow the confidentiality rules, especially on such a sensitive subject, but it is my sincere hope that any therapist who would be willing to treat a pedophile would also be committed to protecting that client's confidentiality rights.
At least in the state of California, a therapist is mandated to file a report about any child abuse of a KNOWN child. From what I can tell, the standard is the same in many other states.
myopicdreams wrote:I am training to become a therapist and have some possible interest in working with pedophiles and sex offenders.
myopicdreams wrote:I was quite surprised to note that many people who suffer from pedophilic fantasies are under the impression that therapists will report them if they seek therapy.
myopicdreams wrote:a therapist is mandated to file a report about any child abuse of a KNOWN child.
myopicdreams wrote: It is important to seek help for pedophilia and other paraphilias that can be damaging to yourself and to others.
Borgesius wrote: Problem is, there's no listing of therapists willing to work with pedophiles so we kinda have to wing it and hope whoever we go to is okay with it. There's no knowing how they'll react until you actually tell them.
There's a huge amount of informational politics in the life of a pedophile - I have to keep fastidious track of who knows what about me and who might suspect something's up, along with how I imagine they might react if they knew my secret. Every interaction has an assessed risk, and specifically going to a therapist to tell them about this ranks somewhere around telling my best friend: it's a huge risk, and I would only take it if I felt I needed to.
tlkproxy wrote:myopicdreams wrote:I am training to become a therapist and have some possible interest in working with pedophiles and sex offenders.
Gee, thanks…a POSSIBLE interest, I’m inspired.
When you say “training to become a therapist” what do you mean? What’s your field of expertise? I’ve been down the 'studying psychology' route myself – as a pedophile – and still try to keep up to date with textbooks and developments. I’ve never been particularly inspired by the literature on the subject of pedophilia, it’s inadequate, incomplete and inconsistent to say the least. Not to mention that I don’t like being taxonomised like that and slapped in the face with latinate nomenclature like an insect in a laboratory!
tlkproxy wrote:So you're field of expertise is talking psychobabble. Degree first class.
myopicdreams wrote:Dear Borgesius, I can't imagine how difficult it must be to struggle with a condition like pedophilia and I am truly sorry that our society has made it so difficult for you to find help. I know that you did not choose to have the thoughts and feelings of this disorder, and I know that it is very likely that you do not want to experience those thoughts or feelings any more than society wants you to. I wish things were more designed to help you successfully manage or overcome this paraphilia and I hope that one day I will have the opportunity to play some small part in making it easier for pedophiles to not act on their thoughts/desires.
myopicdreams wrote:As far as finding a therapist who treats pedophiles, Child Molestation Prevention and Research institute has a listing of therapists who have registered as willing to treat pedophiles http://www.childmolestationprevention.o ... tml#states I understand how scary it must be to take any steps to reach out for help but as a future therapist I want to assure you that I am not alone in my hope to help people like you.
myopicdreams wrote:Would I be worried by either? I think the fantasy scenario would worry me much more than the erection, and both warrant further discussion. It would be in the further discussion that I would determine if I felt there was a reasonable risk to the child.
myopicdreams wrote:You absolutely have the right to ask as many questions about this issue as it will take for you to feel safe with your therapist.
myopicdreams wrote: It's nice to have my talents acknowledged