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International Paruresis Association, Inc.

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Causes: Counseling, Health, Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: The International Paruresis Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cure Paruresis (shy bladder) and improve the lives of all people affected.

Target demographics: Anyone and everyone suffering from paruresis.

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Shy Bladder Center, Worldwide IPA Support Groups, and Prisoners with Paruresis

Community Stories

164 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have suffered with this condition for 41 years. It has severely affected me and in many ways defined who I am. I learned of IPA perhaps 12 years ago and was too afraid to take action. Last month I finally decided to attend a workshop and I can't even believe what happened. By meeting and connecting with others with this same condition in an environment with an outstanding leader, in one weekend my life has changed dramatically. I would consider myself 80 percent recovered and I know what to do to work on the remaining 20 percent. For anyone even considering attending, take the plunge. You won't regret it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a Paruresis problem for 36 years. I attended my first IPA workshop at age 49 and had immediate success. By attending 3 more workshops and volunteering to lead a support group, I no longer suffer from the psychological effects of this condition. The IPA has changed my life and I am truly thankful for the support they offer.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thanks again IPA for another successful year in helping others overcome this condition.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The modern look user friendly website is now online! We just finished a really great 20th anniversary convention/workshop in Las Vegas. Thanks again to the IPA for another great year of helping people with shy bladder.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They have been instrumental in bringing a social and mental health issue that has been so hidden out into the open and given those of us that suffer from it an outlet to process our experience and to begin to heal and obtain the hope of leading a normal life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The IPA provided the much needed support I needed in a difficult time in my life. Without them my recovery would not have come so far. Dr. Soifer, who leads the IPA, personally made sure I go the help I needed, and I can't thank him enough. I now regularly participate in a IPA support group which is a very valuable component of my recovery.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Learned about this organization about 10 years ago on an internet search. Found members to be extremely helpful and caring. Glad I found them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The IPA champions people like me who live with pee-shyness or paruresis. My particular symptoms show up in airplane bathrooms where I just cannot relieve myself. Through the IPA I have been able to learn to manage this social phobia and pee in almost any public bathroom or airplane bathroom. Steven Weinraub, Santa Monica, CA

Client Served

Rating: 5

The IPA has truly changed my life. Being a paruretic is quite the ordeal and I'm glad that the IPA is there with their support groups, workshops, and numerous materials that have been helpful in my recovery of shy bladder. Their website https://paruresis.org/ is full of many other resources to help other paruretics.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No other non-profit organization supports this condition. It remains the best support for anyone anywhere to get help regardless of ability to pay. The organization makes very good use of its resources to help as many people as need it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found IPA over 15 years ago, I finally realized I was not the only person with a shy bladder and whose life was affected by it to a great extent. I did not realize recovery was possible. I attended a workshop and from that point on have been treating this condition as a social anxiety and working on my recovery. The IPA, with its message board and workshops that offer support and help, have been my lifeline.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If it were not for the IPA, I would not be where I am today. The help and support that I have received from the workshops they offer and the wonderful support of the people on the message board, have helped me to partially recover from paruresis. When I found this website for IPA, I thought it was too good to be true. Other people have shy bladder too? I thought it was just me! When I finally got up the nerve to sign up for a workshop, that is when things started to change. When I left that workshop, on the long drive home, I stopped at a large rest area for the first time in my 44 years. Why the first time? Because before I knew I couldn't "succeed" in one, so why stop? This time I had a little bit of hope. Low and behold I was able to "leg go" for the first time ever in a public rest room with others present. This opened up new hopes for me. Travelling had always been very difficult. Now I have less fear and more freedom to do the things I want to do. IPA is a wonderful organization, one of a kind. I'm so glad I found it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The IPA is one of the best in serving people with shy bladder. From workshops to support groups the IPA has been incredibly helpful for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The International Paruresis Association has literally changed my life. I spent decades trying to understand this social phobia, knowing that it was irrational and still being unable to overcome it, until I found the IPA and was able to start the process of overcoming it. The IPA has a network of caring volunteers who provide information and guidance in how to overcome and recover from Paruresis, and their statement that "you are not alone" is from the heart.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has changed my life and the life of so many who have been lucky enough to find its website, thus beginning the recovery process from avoidant paruresis.

I have been increasingly involved with the IPA since I first attended a workshop in 2001. In fact, I ran their most recent workshop. Those of us who have been profoundly helped by the IPA tend to stick around and help in any way we can, as we know how difficult it can be to thrive with paruresis. As an organization, we strive to be a user-friendly resource for all affected by paruresis.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with the IPA for 15 years and they have been great years for me--years in which I have been in a constant state of improvement and recovery from avoidant paruresis. My association with the IPA has quite literally given me areas of my life back--I can travel more comfortably, and my day-to-day stress levels are markedly less than they were before I discovered the IPA. I happily support the IPA as they have supported me all these years!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the IPA as a member and board member. The organization changed my life many years ago. I want others to get the help and support that I received from this great organization. That is why I continue to serve with this excellent non-profit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I found this organization about 15 years ago. It changed my life and allowed me to conquer paruresis. I am so grateful for the help this organization has given me that I am now a board member. I want to help other people get help for paruresis and have the life changing experience that I have had.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great group to be a member of if you suffer from shy bladder! They hold workshops all over the world to help people deal with and reduce the anxiety associated with Paruresis!

Tom09

Client Served

Rating: 5

The international paruresis association helps people with “shy bladder”. The
Help bring attention to this social phobia which can be crippling. The have given me tools and support to help manage more public places to pee. They provided workshops to help overcome this, at times crippling phobia.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great site and organization it's a go to site full of resources for all people with paruresis.
Tom M

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The IPA does an excellent job at raising awareness of paruresis and without them I wouldn't even know that it existed, that other people went through the same problem and that there's a pathway for getting better. I've attended one of their workshops and I would recommend it to anyone that might be suffering from the shy bladder syndrome

Client Served

Rating: 5

Provides great workshops and connection to others for support. Along with organizing support groups crucial for recovery. The IPA made all the difference for me and I don’t how I could have made it without it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The only organization out there that is of real help for the social phobia paruresis. Great workshops and support. They made all the difference for me.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Currently, I serve on the board of the International Paruresis Association (IPA). The IPA is a wonderful organization that has helped me tremendously with my shy bladder. As a member of the board, I hope to give back by helping others with paruresis to live their lives to the fullest. In addition, the IPA as an organization provides resources such as workshops and educational materials, and most of all a caring and compassionate community to assist you on your road to recovery. I love the IPA!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The best organization of its type. IPA is committed to helping people who have shy bladder with emotional support, recovery techniques, advice for dealing with medical personnel, and advocacy for legal and legislative issue related to this condition. The best decision I made was to attend a workshop 15 years ago. Travel is so much easier, events are not anxiety-inducing, and I no longer judge myself for a condition that is surprisingly common.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with IPA for about ten years now, and it is truly a life-changing organization. I joined mainly because I wanted to travel but my fear kept me from doing so. I now have a passport and am a frequent traveler.

I've attended two IPA workshops for shy bladder treatment. They are unlike anything any doctor, therapist, or psychiatrist has ever done for me. It is really amazing to be in a room full of people who know the same shame you experience. The knowledge provided at these workshops and on IPA's website is diverse- people explore the many psychological and medical methods for how they are able to move beyond this painful condition, but the actual practice that occurs at the workshops really is powerful and would be difficult to recreate at any doctor's office.

IPAs objectives are equally diverse- not only helping people recover from shy bladder, but working to change drug-testing laws to accommodate paruretics; and working to influence public restroom access and design to accommodate paruretics. There is just so much to be accomplished by this organization, and it's the only one like it out there!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The workshops that Steve and his team have been immensely helpful for me in dealing with my phobia. Thank you all soooooooooo much!!!!