Mental Health Professionals

Advice and resources for therapists who are working with MAPs

Free Consultation

Services are provided on an as-available basis

MAP Resources will provide a no-cost consultation for any support-centered organization seeking to improve its ability to help minor-attracted people. The following services are included in the consultation:

  • Informal review of your planned content under our Content Guidelines

  • Advice and suggestions from MAPs with experience seeking support

  • Summary of relevant research to guide your development process

  • Contacts at other organizations who can provide further support

If you would like to request a consultation, please reach out using the contact information on our About page with details about your organization and the services you are planning to provide for MAPs.

Treating MAPs

Due to the significant levels of societal stigma they face, minor-attracted people have unique mental health needs that may be dramatically different from those of other clients. The first step to addressing these is understanding the reasons MAPs seek therapy and identifying the challenges they often encounter while searching for professional support.

Responding to a disclosure

When a client discloses that they experience attractions to minors, your response sets the stage for any future treatment that you provide. Begin by explaining your reporting obligations and any information that may help them stay safe while discussing related topics. Reassure them that your goal is to provide support, then ask what they hope to gain by discussing their attractions with a therapist.

Understanding a client's needs

In general, clients should be in charge of the goals for their treatment and the approach taken to achieve those goals. However, it is important to note that internalized stigma may make it hard for some MAPs to identify their own needs. For example, self-hating MAPs may desire conversion therapy or chemical castration when they would benefit more from coping mechanisms and self-acceptance

Centering support

It can be tempting to focus on sexual abuse prevention when working with MAP clients. However, doing so without reason may worsen internalized stigma and any associated mental health issues. The vast majority of MAPs never offend, so focusing on preventing sexual offenses is only necessary and beneficial when a client expresses concern about their risk of offending or demonstrates high-risk behaviors.

Additional information

To learn more about therapy for MAPs, check out our therapy-related blog posts and our Therapy page for MAPs seeking support. If you have questions, reach out using the contact information on our About page or ask anonymously via our feedback form.

Professional Resources

Some organizations have developed educational materials to help mental health professionals improve their understanding of and ability to support MAPs. These may be particularly useful if you are already working with MAP clients or want to broaden the reach of your services, but we recommend that all therapists take the time to review them.

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Psychotherapy for Minor-Attracted Persons

This guide answers questions that many mental health professionals have about treating MAPs. It also contains advice on developing trust with a group that has been subjected to harmful forms of "treatment."

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Minor-attracted persons: A neglected population

This paper shares basic information that therapists should know about MAPs and their experiences. It also addresses common misconceptions and details acceptable forms of support for this stigmatized group.

Advertise Your Services

Several organizations exist to help minor-attracted people find therapists who are able and willing to support MAPs without engaging in harmful or stigmatizing practices. If you would like to be an option for MAPs who are seeking professional support, getting your practice listed with these organizations is a great way to reach potential clients.

All Therapists

ASAP International

Inquire using their Contact form

US-Based Therapists

B4U-ACT

  1. Review their Principles and Perspectives of Practice and guide to Psychotherapy for MAPs

  2. Send your CV and a brief statement about how your practice and perspectives reflect B4U-ACT's goals and principles to signatorylist@b4uact.org

UK-Based Therapists

StopSO

Main focus is on offenders
  1. Review their Good Practice Guidelines for Therapists

  2. Complete a 3-day specialist training (£325)

  3. Email info@stopso.org.uk to request a membership application form

You may be able to find additional lists for other regions on our Therapy page.