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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

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have two Masters Degrees and am successful in life. Great wife, job, kids. . . I have it all. I however have been controlled by one specific anxiety my whole life. This group helps and is doing very important work with very meaningful consequences for millions of people like me. In my situation, drug testing, which is required, is my worse nightmare even though I have never done any drugs in my life. anyway, this is a great nonprofit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended an IPA workshop many years ago. It was at an airport hotel in Los Angeles. And it helped, a LOT! I have been pee-shy ever since my mother scolded me MANY years ago, for peeing on a hedge in our backyard. (I'm now 83.) By no means did the workshop "cure" me, but it has made an enormous difference in my life. I am much emboldened now and, given the "modesty panels" that most rest rooms have these days, I have little or no trouble peeing (urinating sounds too "clinical"). I have supported IPA with a donation most every year, I believe. And hey, it's tax deductible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The IPA workshops that I attended with Dr. Soifer and his team were extremely helpful. I was so happy that I could find a group that could help me work through these pee shy issues that I suffered from for years and years.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

IPA is an amazing non-profit dedicated to dealing with a social anxiety called paruresis. They address the hidden phobia that no one wants to talk about with an excellent website, education materials and workshops. They have made a huge difference in thousands of lives.

1 twin

Client Served

Rating: 5

IPA is the only organization in the world offering support, educAtion and advocacy for parauresis. It is a lifesaver to thousands who are stigmatized and isolated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to participate in both a week-end workshop and a local support group. Both were extremely positive experiences that made me realize I was not alone and that there was hope to deal with paruresis. They were very powerful experiences. Thank you IPA.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dr. Soifer and IPA gave me the path to true recovery. They were my last hope after almost 30 years of misery.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has changed my life in the most positive way. After 30+ years, I am truly free!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

IPA has helped thousands of people with parauresis know that they are not alone. They provide education, support and legislative/regulatory advocacy for an issue that no other organization addresses. They are a lifeline to many internationally.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of people! They really helped me to help my son (he has shy bladder) who is in prison. So thankful that my son can use a "dry cell" for his scheduled drug testing. Thank you IPA!

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

This group helped me a great deal with shy bladder and advocates on behalf of people with shy bladder in the workplace

Client Served

Rating: 5

I PA gives hope to those of us struggling with shy bladder. It's often a lifelong struggle, and we can use all the support we can get with this humiliating, misunderstood condition.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As I said in a previous review a few years ago, the process of getting free from shy bladder is a long one, and IPA has been with me every step of the way. They really understand the problem and have developed an effective workshop-based program for overcoming it. It has been little short of a miracle - still unfolding!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had a shy bladder for over 50 years, and it was a constant source of worry. My first workshop with IPA and Steve Soifer in Detroit in about 2000 was a revelation; I discovered I was not alone, and that there was a solution to my problem. I have been to many workshops, and many practice sessions with a Toronto group, and the improvement has been amazing - and relieving! Don W

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit is amazing. They really put 110% into getting results and constantly striving to give those of us who suffer from paruresis a life we did not think was attainable. I cannot thank them enough for how they have helped me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Like many people who suffer from shy bladder syndrome, which makes it difficult or even impossible to urinate in public, I thought I was alone and without hope of overcoming my condition until I discovered IPA. The organization provides a support community, educational materials, and workshops, all of which have been very helpful to me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization exceeds all expectations when it comes to serving its clients which I am one of. The work they do is truly amazing!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My life has improved tremendously sense I started doing the workshops. I was seldom able to use a public restroom, or a bathroom at home if anyone was near the door.
I am now able to travel and seldom find it difficult to use public restrooms, including airplanes,boats, and trains.
Thank You
Kevin

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Helped me know I was not alone with my condition - and that was worth more than gold!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I read Dr. Soifer's book, met 3 of the members of a local branch of IPA, and finally attended an IPA workshop together with about 20 other attendees who suffered from Shy Bladder Syndrome. Dr. Soifer is a compassionate educator and leader who helps people cope with and overcome SBS and the fear, shame and anxiety attached to it. IPA has helped me tremendously!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization and it staff have helped make dealing with shy bladder so much more possible. I thank God they exist to support those who endure this invisible condition.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an organization led by persons who themselves suffer from, struggle with, the condition that the organization exists to remediate. They are thus very highly motivated and disposed to work very hard for rather little pay. It is thus the ideal the sort of nonprofit.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

If only IPA had been around when I was in school! I never used the urinals in grade school, junior high, high school or college! I thought I was the only one in the world who could not do this thing that everyone else could do. It seemed so simple for them. Impossible for me.
The harder I tried, the worse it got. I snuck around. I went in alleys, bushes, held it in for hours and hours. Never told a soul.
Until I got into the long term relationship that I am still in and found some understanding. But that didn't change the fact that I could not pee at the movies .
Then I Googled "pee shy" late one night about eight years ago and up popped the IPA website! I went to the first local meeting that I could get to. I met people who I could talk to about paruresis (it had a name!).
The next meeting I made some progress and started to see that I could get better.
So I signed up for the very next workshop and flew from LAX to Detroit! The best thing Id ever done for my own well being. Before leaving Detroit and saying goodbye to my new friends I peed at the urinals at Comerica Stadium during a Tigers game!
Since then I've used the troughs at Dodger Stadium! That's right! I sometimes still have issues but it doesn't stop me from doing anything or going anywhere anymore. And it never will again!

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

Suffered with shy bladder syndrome for over 50 yrs before finding this fantastic organiza-tion. Went to local support group a couple of times and then a workshop. Eventually went to four workshops and have lead supports groups for three years. Where this phobia used to run my life and was sometimes a nightmare of searching for a safe place to pee, I am now free to go and do whatever I want. I use urinals at ball parks and gyms and never turn down invitations just because I am not famil-iar with the restroom situations. Life is much more fun. IPA is a great organization. In fact, it is a life saver that is virtually unknown by the public at large.

Client Served

Rating: 5

IPA is a groundbreaking organization for people with shy bladder syndrome. Their workshops have been truly lifechanging for me and many others, and their education and advocacy are second to none. I struggled with paruresis for over 4 decades. The first workshop I attended was a liberating experience, and I have been to many others since then, and become a volunteer with the organization. They are led by a visionary, courageous, dedicated group of people.