“Anti-Gay” Therapy Banned.

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I find it surprising that in this day and age that some people think that “therapy” can used to “cure” Lesbian and Gay people. Yet, until recently a technique known as”conversion therapy” was used by some therapists in an attempt to converting homosexuality to heterosexuality.

In America results showed that it has a negative effect on mental health and as a consequence The Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) have stopped the practice. The ACC suggested that the treatment “implied that sexuality can be ‘repaired’ and so introduces the idea of treatment or cure”.

In 2012, a psychotherapist who had been on the ACC register became the first in history to be “struck off” after practising this type of therapy when the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) found her guilty of “professional malpractice”.

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Source: Swaby C. “Conversion Therapy’ banned by Christian counsellors”, Sussex Counselling & Psychotherapy News, February 2014. pp7

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One thought on ““Anti-Gay” Therapy Banned.

  1. They think they can cure it because they still believe that homosexuality is some kind of mental illness; they think that infusing large quantities of morality will make this aberration go away and they’ll go back to being “normal” like they’re supposed to be and all without any consideration for that person’s point of view that, as far as they’re concerned, they are normal – they’re doing exactly what they want to do in life.

    And I’d have to say that suicide is a very negative effect on mental health and it’s a damned shame so many had to take their lives before someone finally figured out that trying to convert someone wasn’t going to work.

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