Reparative & other therapies for homosexuals
Calming distressed gays;
Converting gays into ex-gays.
Dr. Robert Spitzer:
"They have a choice whether to go into therapy, about
whether they adopt a gay lifestyle, whether they tell their friends and their
family. They don't have a choice as to whether their basic sexual orientation
is gay or straight -- that they don't have a choice about." Dr.
Spitzer's response to a question posed Scientific American Mind magazine
in 2004-FEB: "Do gays have a choice?" 7
Presumably to "adopt a gay lifestyle" means to choose to be sexually active rather with members of the same gender rather than remain celibate and without an intimate partner.
Mental health therapies directed at homosexuals:
The two main types of therapy or counseling directed at gays and lesbians --
and to a lesser degree, bisexuals:
|Gay Affirmative Therapy (GAT) directed at helping gays and
lesbians become content with their sexual orientation; we will only discuss
||Reparative therapy (a.k.a. Conversion Therapy) and Transformational Ministry
programs often imply that they can change a gay's or lesbian's sexual orientation. However, their programs are actually directed at changing clients' sexual behavior. Almost all of the
essays in this section discuss these two programs. |
Topics on homosexual counseling and therapy in this
Related essays & menus on this web site:
|Mark Benjamin, "My gay therapy session:" A reporter pretended
to be gay and received an introductory session of reparative therapy by
a Christian counselor. The cost to "either turn straight or get
significant relief" would be $14,560. See:
|"Reparative or 'Conversion' Therapy," Public Health, Boulder
County Colorado, at:
- "Christian Ex-gay ministry hosts Chicago conference,"
Charisma. Online at Maranatha Christian Journal, at: http://www.mcjonline.com/news/news3280.htm
- APA response copied from a reader's Email
- Stuart Shepard, "Ex-gays protest APA," Focus on
the Family, at: http://www.family.org/cforum/fnif/news/A0011512.html
- G.M. Herek, "Attempts to change sexual orientation,"
- "Aversion Therapy - Letter to the Royal College of Psychiatrists,
" Outrage!, at:
- Joe Kort, "So you'd like to learn about Gay Affirmative Therapy (GAT) at:
http://www.amazon.com/ Kort has provided a list of 43 books on the topic.
- David Roberts, "Previously unreleased Spitzer video gives candid results,"
Ex-gay Watch, 2007-APR-05, at:
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