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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
  • Telehealth

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

Cynthia “Cindy” Rinker is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Administrative Director at the San Francisco Forensic Institute. For 25 years, she has worked with various mental health populations. Cindy’s focus for the past 12 years has been assessment and treatment of sexual offenders, individuals with problematic sexual behaviors, and their partners.

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.

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.

Jerel Armstrong

Dr. Jerel Armstrong is a licensed psychologist. He has worked with the San Francisco Forensic Institute since 2016. He has provided treatment and evaluation in inpatient, outpatient, and forensic settings. His work with the San Francisco Forensic Institute has included treatment and evaluation of general sexual interests and problematic sexual behaviors with adult and juvenile populations.

Lori Ho-Cheng

Dr. Lorinda “Lori” Ho-Cheng is a clinician at San Francisco Forensic Institute. Her experiences include treatment and evaluation in intensive outpatient and community metal health settings with various populations. In therapy, she uses a combination of Cognitive-behavioral and Mindfulness-based approaches, with a focus on improving the quality of interpersonal relationships. What she enjoys most in her work is being a part of her clients’ process of creating the lives they want for themselves.

Mavis Ring

Dr. Mavis Ring is a licensed psychologist trained in providing treatment for sex offenses, sex addiction, and betrayal trauma. She provides individual, couples, and group therapy for problematic sexual behavior. She provides assessments for issues related to compulsive sex and offender evaluations. She is a CASOMB (California Sex Offender Management Board) sex offender treatment provider and a CSAT (certified sex addiction treatment) Candidate. She believes strongly in providing support for individuals and couples impacted by problematic sexual behavior who often feel isolated from others in facing these problems. She has additional experience addressing substance use and interpersonal/relational deficits.