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