When to See a Therapist
Devore says that people with fetishes generally come to him to talk about it only once they have become afraid. He works with them to figure out how they deal with their fetish in a way that is safe (and legal; pedophilia is technically considered a fetish). Some have the desire to turn to medication that takes away their sex drive. They can then work with an expert to try to develop different sexual habits but Devore says that studies in this area have often concluded that fetishes are like sexual orientation, in that it is unlikely we can force them to change. "If it were up to me, I'd like people to come in when they're having fantasies," says Devore, "and when they realize that their fantasies are stronger than their interest in creating relationships."