First of all, you should be proud
of yourself, (not because you have shoplifted or considered
shoplifting) but because you have shown courage in acknowledging
that you may have a problem and because you are willing to
seek outside help to deal with it (which is 50% of the battle).
Second, there are some things you need to be aware of before
you proceed on this path.
Since the decision to enter individual psychotherapy may
mean making one important choice over other options, NASP
will give you a referral to a local therapist in your area
only after NASP is assured that you have a good understanding
of your problem and that you have considered the pros and
cons of individual psychotherapy.
Therefore, before giving you a referral, NASP requires that
you first do the following two things. This will give you
important knowledge and help you make the right decision for
- Click and read “When To Consider
Individual Psychothereapy Over Other Options When Seeking
To Resolve A Problem With Shoplifting."
- Click and complete one or more of the following NASP
programs which may also recommend individual psychotherapy:
Once you have completed your two requirements, you can request
a referral by calling the NASP Helpline at 1-800-848-9595
or by sending a confidential email to us.
NASP will quickly verify your completion of the two requirements
and give you a referral, at no charge.
If, for any reason, you are not completely pleased with the
therapist selected, please let us know and we will refer another
person to you who is qualified to address the issues commonly
contributing to a shoplifting problem.
Things To Consider:
1. Traumatic Life Event
Consider psychotherapy if you have experienced a traumatic
life event which you believe may be responsible for the onset
or acceleration of your shoplifting. (For example: a divorce
situation, loss of a loved one, loss of health, loss of income,
2. Diagnosis Of A Psychological Disorder
Consider psychotherapy when a physician has prescribed psychotropic
medication for you or a qualified therapist has previously
diagnosed you with any of the following psychological disorders:
(opposition to authority)
(persistent preoccupation with an unreasonable idea or feeling
& the irresistible impulse to act on it)
Impulse Control Disorder
(extreme exhilaration and sadness)
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
(explosive anger, rage)
(overtly eccentric, erratic, exceptionally shy, dependent,controlling)
(surrender to a habit)
(detached from others)
(traumatic life event)
3. Recommendation From NASP
Consider psychotherapy if you have completed a NASP Self-Assessment,
Education Program or Telephone Coaching Session and received
a recommendation that you consider individual counseling or
4. Strong Desire
Consider psychotherapy if you strongly believe that individual
psychotherapy would be right for you, after reviewing the
pros and cons of this type of treatment.
- Psychotherapy vs. short-term programs can generally dig
deeper into unresolved issues which may be contributing
to your shoplifting behavior.
- Psychotherapy may be able to identify and treat other
issues about yourself which could improve the quality of
- Psychotherapeutic treatment, prior to a future arrest,
would show the court that you are taking positive steps
to alter your behavior and could result in your therapist
becoming your advocate in a court proceeding.
- Psychotherapeutic treatment could identify or prescribe
medication(s) which might be appropriate, although this
would not be the treatment of choice, except in special
cases with a specific diagnosis of pathology which is widely
responsive to such treatment.
- The psychotherapist you chose on your own may not have
the education, knowledge or experience to effectively treat
a shoplifting problem, which could cost you time and money.
- The long-term nature of psychotherapy vs. shorter-term
treatment with other crisis intervention alternatives, could
put you more “at risk” of getting caught during
the treatment period.
- The cost of psychotherapy, even when partially reimbursed
by insurance, is generally more expensive than shorter-term
- The commitment to psychotherapy, which is commonly associated
with weekly scheduling and traveling for office visits,
can be difficult for some.
Given some of the pros and cons, NASP recommends that people
who have not been previously diagnosed with a specific psychological
condition or are not clear about how to proceed to resolve
their shoplifting issue, begin their recovery with a Self-Assessment,
Home-Study Education Program and/or short-term Telephone Coaching
before deciding on individual psychotherapy.
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