Some individuals have specific compulsive sexual behaviour that is non-consensual (paraphilia) which significantly interferes with daily life and impacts on others and relationships. Paraphilias are different than sexual fetishes or kinks in that they involve non-consent and often have very high levels of obsession, rigidity of sexual repertoire, compulsivity of sexually acting out, and negative impact on others and on general life domains. Treating paraphilias involves ceasing illegal behaviour, and reducing compulsivity, obsessionality, and rigidity of sexual behaviour. Some people may need to take an abstinence approach to sexual behaviour, whilst other maybe able to move their sexual behaviour out of the illegal and problematic range and back into the realm of healthily sexual expression possible within a consensual Kink positive relationship.
Treatment is individualised. Initial treatment focuses on behavioural approach to stop illegal, problematic, or compulsive behaviour, with a strong focus on relapse prevention.
Subsequent treatment involves Safe Offender Program Strategies.
It is increasingly common for individuals with Internet pornography addiction to come across illegal content, which includes child abuse material. Pornography addiction distorts one’s perception of reality, reduces victim empathy, results in justification and rationalisation of child abuse, conditions viewers to see people as sexual objects, and erodes consensual sexual boundaries in real life relationships. Many people viewing child abuse material believe they are not hurting anyone. They are wrong.
See sexual attraction to children: sex offender assistance for links to resources.
I do not offer the level of treatment required for contact sex offenders or those undergoing criminal charges. You will best served by a forensic psychologist specialising sex offences such as those working at LSC psychology or forensic psychiatrist Dr Olav Nielssen