Contrast: Traditional vs. Sex-Specific Therapist
Traditional Therapist Sex-Specific Therapist
Offers dynamically oriented therapies (talking therapies) that don’t directly reduce sexual interest in children. Offers sex-specific treatments that use cognitive-behavioral techniques to drastically reduce or eliminate a patient’s sex drive toward children.
Knows little about the development of a sex drive toward children and frequently reacts emotionally to a patient with this disorder. Trained to deliver sex-specific therapies to patients with sex drives toward children and to maintain objectivity.
Not trained to proceed with those molesting patients who habitually lie, deny, conceal, and state that they don’t want or need therapy. Trained to proceed with the treatment of molesting patients irrespective of their denial.
Has one focus, the patient’s welfare. Has a double focus: The children who must be protected and the patient’s extinction of sexual interest in children.
Trained to assess whether a patient is a danger to himself (suicide risk) or to others (murder risk). Trained to assess murder risk, suicide risk, and the risk that the patient will molest a child.
Usually delivers outpatient therapy that begins and ends in the therapist’s office. Organizes a plan to monitor the patient’s activities outside the treatment setting.
Tests: Rarely uses objective measures to monitor treatment success. Tests: Uses objective measures to prove treatment success.
Medicines: Not trained in use of SSRIs and Provera to alter sex drive. Medicines: Trained in use of SSRIs and Provera to alter sex drive. 
Success: Partial degrees of recovery are acceptable.  Success: Sex-specific therapy must stop sexual desire for children and protect potential victims.
Patient determines when the therapy ends. Therapist determines when therapy ends.