Psychotherapy with Sex-Abuse Victims: True, False, and Hysterical

The Leading Edge of Treatment Techniques for This Field


  • Clinical picture of the sexually abused child
  • How nonabused children are programmed to make false accusations
  • What a programmed child looks like
  • Treating nonabused, programmed children
  • Children with sex-abuse hysteria

Although this book deals with the psychiatric treatment of children who have been sexually abused, it also deals with children who have never been abused but who have been programmed to believe that they were. Unfortunately, this has been a serious problem in recent years, especially in vicious child custody disputes and nursery school situations in which group hysteria has been present. Last, the book deals with the treatment of children who are not alleging sexual abuse but who have been swept up in sex-abuse hysteria.

First, Gardner presents his views on the variety of human sexual behavior, with particular focus on the paraphilias (of which pedophilia is an example). He then presents for the first time the concept he refers to as the embedment in the brain circuitry phenomenon , an understanding of which is important in the treatment of the kinds of psychopathology that may result from sexual abuse (especially the post-traumatic stress disorder). Next, he describes the techniques he found useful in the treatment of sexually abused children. He then describes the processes by which nonabused children can be programmed to believe that they were abused and the treatment techniques necessary to help them. Gardner then presents what he learned about sex-abuse hysteria (individual, group, and mass) in the context of the wave of sex-abuse hysteria that we have been witnessing in the last decade. The last chapter is devoted to the treatment of children suffering with sex-abuse hysteria.

Read Excerpts from this book:
Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Seven

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