——————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ——————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Fulfilling lives, mental wellness, and effective therapy all require a certain degree of authenticity and honesty in close relationships and in therapeutic alliances. The stigma of minor-attracted people’s (MAPs’) sexuality can be a significant barrier to their authenticity with family members and friends. But therapists and researchers who
Emerging research confirms that minor-attracted people (MAPs), both adolescents and adults, often experience high levels of stigma, shame, feelings of loneliness and alienation, suicidal tendencies, and other issues that can make it more difficult to live productive and fulfilling lives. Professionals in mental health, sexuality, and related fields are beginning
Mental health professionals at the cutting edge are coming to understand the importance of a holistic, wellness-focused approach when working with minor-attracted people (MAPs). But yet to be developed are professionally accepted guidelines for best practice. What do we know in this area? What do we still need to learn?
Authenticity can be challenging for both clients and those in the helping professions. It can be particularly challenging when mental health professionals are interacting with minor attracted persons and those close to them. There can be additional obstacles for both the clients and therapists, given cultural pressures and the