A-Z List

Sexual Offenders

Problem Areas for Clients

Some problem areas for the sexual addict can be very basic such as in the areas of dealing with emotions and social skills and can go as far as impulse control. A list of areas to work on is as follows:

  • Admit you have a problem
  • Manage anger
  • See value in self
  • Deal with emotions
  • Learn offending patterns and cycles
  • See value in others
  • Take responsibility for actions
  • Let go of excuses for actions


Some goals for this population in the music therapy setting for targeting these problems include the following:

  • Develop impulse control
  • Develop ability to trust
  • Learn about forgiveness, develop ability to forgive
  • Discover hope for the future
  • Develop safe, non- victimizing relationships
  • Increase positive social interactions
  • Develop safe healthy outlets to use for emotional expression
  • Redirect negative emotions/develop coping skills for dealing with stress
  • Develop problem solving skills in the areas of understanding consequences of irresponsible actions
  • Develop awareness of offending patterns and cycles
  • Accept responsibility for your problem
  • Develop healthy leisure interests
  • Develop use of music as a substitute high
  • Develop use of music to redirect away from addiction
  • Develop healthy spiritual use of music
  • Develop use of music for physical release that is safe and healthy

Methods for Treatment

Lyric analysis activities work well with this population in many forms. Writing songs, lyric analysis, and using song titles to describe life are a few that we have used effectively in our client appointments. The trust walk using musical instruments to provide directions is another activity that can be used therapeutically in this population.

Other activities include performance groups, poetry writing, rhythm exercises, writing and enacting mock jury trial, singing, and instrumental improvisation.