Dr. Ainslie Heasman, C.Psych.
Making the decision to seek out therapy can be a tough one. It can be especially difficult to talk to someone about your sexual interests and
Understanding the nature or origins of your
My practice focuses on assisting individuals who struggle with problematic sexual
There are various atypical sexual behaviors or sexual thoughts that may prompt someone to seek out an assessment and psychological treatment due to the risky or illegal nature of the activity to self and others, including exhibitionism (exposing oneself to an unsuspecting person); voyeurism (watching an unsuspecting person undress, in the nude, or engaged in sexual activity for one’s own sexual gratification), pedophilia (arousal to pre-pubescent children), or hebephilia (arousal to pubescent children).
I also conduct assessments to evaluate the risk for sexual re-offending or engaging in sexually inappropriate
Risk assessments assist in determining the likelihood of general, violent, and/or sexual reoffence. These are typically requested by the court, a lawyer, or the Children’s Aid Society. A risk assessment is an in-depth analysis, using evidence-based practices, of an individuals’ past, current
More information about risk assessments can be found at https://cfir.ca/assessment-for/risk-assessment/
I have over 15 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of individuals involved with the criminal justice and/or mental health system. I completed my graduate training in the United States, allowing me the opportunity to work in a maximum security prison, conduct assessments for criminal responsibility and fitness, and work with men with a history of sexual offences who were civilly committed. I worked for seven years at the Ontario Correctional Institute (OCI), a therapeutic correctional facility for adult men. My work at OCI involved the development of the intensive program for men with sexual offences, as well as assessments and individual and group therapy. Currently, I am on staff at the Sexual Behaviours Clinic at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH), and conduct assessments, group and individual therapy, and supervision of psychology trainees with a dual focus of working with individuals convicted of sexual offences and those who experience distress.
My research focus has been on the clinician decision making and mandatory reporting as it relates to individuals with a sexual interest in pre-pubescent or pubescent children.
I am a registered member of the Ontario Psychological Association, Canadian Psychological Association, and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). I also serve on the Board of Directors of ATSA. I am registered for autonomous practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.