SFFI utilizes positive psychology approaches and is a Certified California Sexual Offender Board Treatment Program. Some staff are certified in Sex Addiction Treatment.

Types of Therapy

  • Outpatient individual psychotherapy
  • Outpatient group psychotherapy
  • Medication evaluation for psychiatric and sexual problems

Treatment Models

  • Risk-Need-Responsivity
  • Cognitive-Behavioral
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Psychodynamic & insight-oriented (when appropriate)
  • Relapse prevention
  • Containment
  • Self-regulation (offensive pathways)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Harm reduction (when appropriate)
  • Supportive therapy

Client Problems

  • Deviant or unhealthy sexual interests
  • Compulsive sexual behavior (pornography, prostitutes, anonymous sex)
  • Preparation for upcoming prison commitment
  • Post incarceration community integration
  • Interprersonal aggression & violent behavior
  • Substance abuse
  • Anger-management skills
  • Impulse-control skills
  • Depression, anxiety, & grief/bereavement
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Intimacy deficits
  • Fire-setting

Our Staff

Cynthia Rinker, LMFT

Cynthia Rinker

Cynthia “Cindy” Rinker is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and partner at the San Francisco Forensic Institute. For two decades, she has worked with various mental health populations. Cindy’s focus for the past 10 years has been assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, problematic sexual behaviors, sexual abuse victims, and partners of those with problematic sexual behaviors.

Oscar Baide, ASW

Oscar Baide

Oscar Baide is a clinician at San Francisco Forensic Institute’s Adult Sex Offender Treatment Program in San Francisco, CA. He has over 15 years experience working with adults, children, and families involved in the child welfare system and probation. He provides mental health treatment to individuals who have committed various types of sexual offenses. Mr. Baide speaks fluent Spanish and treats monolingual Spanish speaking clients.

Melanie R. Cleary, PsyD

Dr. Melanie R. Cleary

Dr. Melanie R. Cleary is a postdoctoral professional providing psychological treatment in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2007. She specializes in working with adults who are dealing with addictions and compulsive behaviors such as chemical dependency and sexual misbehavior, as well as depression, anxiety, loneliness, and spiritual or existential issues. Dr. Cleary also conducts psychological evaluations for mental health, substance abuse, and sex offender populations.

Daniel Doyle, LMFT

Daniel Doyle

Daniel Doyle has been working as a marriage and family therapist for over 25 years. His experience includes much group facilitation, often aimed toward managing impulses and emotions by developing greater attunement to one’s internal needs and desires. In recent years he has been teaching health education classes in which a capacity to relax, along with the ability to notice and interrupt doubts and frustrations that contribute to isolation and other poor choices, can be parlayed into better health, contentment and connection to others.

Wendy Herrera, PsyD

Wendy Herrera

Wendy Herrera is the program coordinator for San Francisco Forensic Institute’s Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Program in Santa Rosa, Ca. In the last five years she has worked with at-risk youth, adults, and their families struggling with addictive behaviors. She provides treatment and evaluation for individuals who have engaged in sexually inappropriate behaviors. Dr. Herrera also works with monolingual Spanish speaking clients.

Jerel Armstrong, PhD

Jerel Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong a licensed psychologist, working at San Francisco Forensic Institute’s Adult Sex Offender Treatment Program in San Francisco, CA. He also works with Sexually Abusive Youth in the Santa Rosa Treatment Program. In the last five years, he has provided both inpatient and outpatient treatment and evaluation to incarcerated adults and detained youth from diverse backgrounds.

Di Nguyen, MA

Di Nguyen

Di Nguyen is a 4th year Clinical Psychology doctoral student and an intern at SFFI. She received her BA and MA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Di has worked with a diverse population of clients providing individual and group therapy in community health settings and the county jail. Under Dr. Charles Flinton’s supervision, she provides treatment and evaluation to pre- and post-conviction clients who have committed sexual offenses.