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What’s the problem?

So called 'conversion therapy' is a harmful pseudo-medical practice promoted by some religious groups. if refers to a range of practices which aim to convert LGBT+ people to their 'correct' gender or sexual orientation.

All reputable health and psychological organisations consider the practice to be ineffective, unethical and harmful. The 'therapy' is usually promoted by religious organisations. 'Conversion therapy' does not include legitimate therapeutic options to assist people struggling with their gender identity or sexual orientation, to live more comfortably.

In 2009 Patrick Strudwick's undercover exposé of 'pray away the gay' therapists bought the issue to wider public attention.

A major promoter of 'conversion therapy' is the Core Issues Trust. They promote a narrative that efforts to promote LGBT+ rights are an attack on the family and free speech and persecution of Christians.

There is no good evidence this works and we believe it has the potential to cause harm. Often these approaches are based on religious interpretations about sexuality rather than on a researched and informed understanding of sexual orientation.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (2014 consensus statement on 'conversion therapy')

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If you have been referred to 'conversion therapy' by a doctor or healthcare professional and need help making a complaint, please contact us.

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Dr Christian Jessen goes undercover to investigate 'conversion therapy' in the UK and the US.


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