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The role of therapy in the recovery of a sex offender

Because sex crimes are so serious in nature, many people immediately feel resentment and anger toward perpetrators of such crimes in Texas. While their feelings are justifiable, there are often deeper problems that have affected an offender for years preceding their offense. One of the many ways that professionals are actively working with offenders to help them overcome debilitating issues is with the implementation of therapy. 

A customized treatment program that breaks down an offender's past, acknowledges his or her history and personality, and is consistent in its application may have a long-term effect in preventing criminals from reoffending and being a threat to the people around them. According to ct.counseling.org, the primary purpose of a therapy approach in the first place is to teach offenders alternative ways of thinking and behaving and thus reduce the chances that they relapse into dangerous behaviors. Therapists face many difficulties including the chances that their clients are experiencing shame, other addictions, guilt and justification for his or her behavior. 

Time Magazine says that while there is certainly not a one-size-fits-all approach to treating a sex offender through therapy, that many times, there are cognitive distortions that cause an offender to rationalize his or her behavior to the point that it no longer seems offensive to others. Exercises are also formulated to help participants learn about the importance of fulfilling their needs in a manner that does not compromise the safety, happiness or worth of another person. Participants who are willing to take full responsibility for their actions without looking for excuses or someone else to blame are often the most successful at overcoming their mistakes.  

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