Sex offender treatment begins with honesty. Then trust builds. From there, we discover things that might help to reestablish hope on the part of the client. Most come from prison with a deep cloak of shame, a belief that they will never again be granted access to community as an equal partner. Unfortunately, many in the public would echo that sentiment.
Part of developing hope begins with clients finding out the things he or she wants out of their life. We start with small, achievable goals. The first is to take responsibility for the injury they have caused.
Next is to learn to more objectively see themselves without the overlay of victim, persecutor or rescuer. Being a clear-headed observer of their behavior means that, one day, they will be their own best therapist. That is my goal for them. And that is my goal for everyone…the treatment I lead clients through would be beneficial for any adolescent or adult.