Healthy Minds, Safe Communities
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who are our clients?
A: Sex offender treatment is provided on an outpatient basis for individuals 15 years old and older. The Institute for Sexual Wellness offers specialized services for individuals with comorbid developmental disabilities and psychiatric disorders.
Q: Do you have to be court-ordered to receive treatment at the Institute for Sexual Wellness?
A: You do not need to be court-ordered to get treatment. Many clients come in voluntarily. Offenses may include:
- Child molestation
- Obscene phone calls
- Internet-related sexual offenses
Q: How do I make an appointment?
A: Call the Institute for Sexual Wellness at (617) 479-4501 to schedule an initial appointment.
Q: What should I expect in treatment?
A: After being accepted into the treatment program you may be referred to:
- Weekly group sessions
- Individual therapy sessions
- Quarterly sessions with a psychiatrist
Q: Does the treatment involve chemical castration?
A: No. The treatment offered at the Institute for Sexual Wellness is tailored to the specific needs of an individual. Some individuals are not successful at managing their sexual impulses with therapy and psychiatric medications. These individuals may benefit from hormonal medications that decrease sexual drive by lowering testosterone (a male hormone).
Q: Does the Institute treat adolescents or children?
A: The Institute treats individuals over the age of 15.
Q: Does the treatment involve inpatient care or treatment?
A: No. The Institute provides outpatient psychiatric care. There is no inpatient or residential component to treatment.
Q: If an individual cannot travel to the Institute, can they still obtain an evaluation?
A: Yes. The clinicians at the Institute are able to travel to conduct evaluations.
Q: Does the Institute treat women?
A: Yes. Our staff is qualified to treatment adult men and women. Both men and women receive diagnostic evaluations and individualized treatment at the Institute.
Q: Does the Institute accept insurance?
A: The Institute for Sexual Wellness accepts both fee for service and major insurance plans.