Conversion therapy is an umbrella term used to describe interventions aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, with the belief that being heterosexual and cisgender is inherently preferable. It encompasses a wide range of practices and methods, including psychotherapy, medical interventions, and faith-based practices, all of which attempt to pathologize and erase the identity of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Conversion therapy is not limited to changing sexual orientation or gender identity. It can also target neurodivergent individuals, such as Autistic people, with the goal of making them conform to neurotypical norms and behaviors. This practice, known as ‘neuronormative conversion therapy,’ aims to suppress and eliminate neurodivergent traits and expressions to help the client ‘blend in’.

My position – a complete rejection

I utterly reject conversion therapy in all its forms. I will not practice, teach, or support a discredited, unethical approach that is based on the ludicrous belief that being LGBTQ+ is a mental illness; it is not. I categorically refuse to engage in, promote, or support any form of conversion therapy, which has been unanimously condemned by every major medical and mental health organisation as ineffective, unethical, and psychologically damaging.

By extension, I also reject neuro-normative conversion therapy, which aims to ‘normalise’ neurodivergent individuals by suppressing their natural tendencies. I believe this practice ultimately traumatises those it is intended to help and compromises their authenticity, self-regulation, and self-expression. I embrace neurodiversity as an inherently human phenomenon and hold an intentional neuro-affirming position in my work as a therapist.

Conversion therapy, regardless of the methods used or individuals targeted, is a violation of human rights.