Conversion therapy refers to any form of treatment or psychotherapy that aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
In formulating this statement, I have conducted my own research on the subject, I have listened to the voices of LGBTQ+ people and hear how devastatingly harmful this practice is. I have found no evidence to suggest that conversion therapy has a place anywhere other than in history books; this has validated my instincts.
In conclusion, I am strongly opposed to any form of conversion therapy. I will not practice in this way and I will not make referrals to any other professional who is/aims to/or is likely to.
My professional body’s position
I am a member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society who hold the following position:
‘We take the view that the practice of conversion therapy has no place in the modern world. It is unethical and harmful and not supported by evidence.‘
‘Sexual orientations and gender identities are not mental health disorders, although exclusion, stigma and prejudice may precipitate mental health issues for any person subjected to these abuses. Anyone accessing therapeutic help should be able to do so without fear of judgement or the threat of being pressured to change a fundamental aspect of who they are.‘https://nationalcounsellingsociety.org/about-us/code-of-ethics