Fast Facts About The Impact on Therapists of working with Sexual Offenders

Fact 1: The therapeutic relationship helps drive treatment success.

The ability of treatment providers to create a bond of trust and cooperation between themselves and their clients is one of the most significant factors in achieving positive treatment results. Therapists must genuinely respect and care about their clients’ success, and be reliable and consistent throughout clients’ treatment.

Fact 2: Therapists can find their work very stressful.

Working with individuals who have sexually harmed others can be interpersonally demanding and emotionally draining. Because of the nature of some sex offenses, therapists can be exposed to difficult and stressful information and conversations. Impacts on therapists can include a lessening of compassion and an emotional hardening, both in their work with clients and their personal lives.

Fact 3: Therapists can find their work very rewarding.

Most therapists who work with individuals who have sexually offended report that they find their work rewarding. They are motivated by helping others turn their lives around, creating safer families and communities, and making a positive difference. While the content of the work can be challenging, therapists find satisfaction in creating positive outcomes for their clients and their clients’ families.


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