Resources for Circumcision Trauma and Regret
Are you a man who is experiencing anger, rage, distrust, resentment, anguish, bitterness, depression, or thoughts of suicide because you are circumcised? Have you been dismissed, misunderstood, embarrassed, or mocked by others when you’ve expressed your feelings of violation?
Are you a parent who feels guilty, ashamed, angry, victimized, heartbroken, or devastated because you allowed your son to be circumcised? Are you traumatized from witnessing your son’s circumcision?
If you answered yes to any of these, then the professionals listed here may be able to help. In a society where male genital cutting is largely thought to be "just a little snip", it can be difficult to find a mental health provider who will respect and understand your feelings and be able to guide you in the healing process. The providers on this page are men and women who understand the trauma caused by genital cutting and can offer a perspective that other mental health care providers might not be able to provide.
Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Releasing the Past Psychotherapy
I have a Masters in Counseling and am a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (S.E.P), with additional certification to teach Somatic Trauma Resolution (STR), both powerfully effective in the treatment of abuse, loss, injury, and other trauma. My 35-year professional and personal growth path — seeking and finding solutions to my own challenges — forms the foundation for what I offer to others. Many kind and wise teachers have generously helped me on my path. As I came to feel increasing contentment and fulfillment in my life, I felt called give back — to assist others.
Service area: I live and practice in Colorado and offer remote sessions by phone or Skype.
Laura Winters, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Postpartum Health & Harmony
I specialize in maternal mental health, which includes prenatal and postpartum stress, infertility, and loss issues. I provide individual and couples therapy, as well as group therapy for mothers in need of prenatal & postpartum support.
Service area: Northern NJ
Certified Professional Coach
Ashley Kim Coaching, LLC
I help mothers of circumcised sons release their guilt and circumcised men experiencing sadness and anger find acceptance and forgiveness.
Service area: Any (sessions take place by phone)
Megan Stonelake, MA
Therapist & Parent Coach
Empathic Parenting Counseling & Coaching
I provide counseling and coaching to parents looking to reconcile their past or gain skills to parent peacefully and respectfully. I also specialize in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
Service Area: Southern Oregon
Steven Kessler, MFT
Thirty Years Experience
I offer individual psychotherapy and specialize in clearing out trauma. I'm a Certified Expert and Trainer in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and have been training other therapists in EFT for nearly 10 years.
Service Area: California
Tom Golden, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
have been working for over thirty years with men and women who experienced bereavement or trauma. I have written extensively on the topic of boys and men and their unique paths in processing emotions and work with women who are struggling to understand the men and boys they love. I use EMDR and Mindfulness in a caring and supportive environment
Service Area: Gaithersburg MD, outside of Washington D.C. I also offer consultations via the phone and Skype.
Non-professional support for regret parents can be found in these Facebook groups:
If you are a mental healthcare provider/professional life coach or know a mental healthcare provider/professional life coach who would be a good addition to this list of resources, please contact us.