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"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." Philippians 4.19

"Work out your salvation with fear and trembling." Philippians 2.12

Saturday, May 28, 2011

A small legal judgement against conversion therapy that may have profound consequences.

Homosexuality was removed from psychiatry's glossary of mental illness in 1973. How then could anyone treat something healthy?

They described her as "reckless", "disrespectful", "dogmatic" and "unprofessional". They said she showed "no empathy" towards her client. Why? Psychotherapist Lesley Pilkington had tried to turn a gay person straight.

In a landmark ruling this week, Pilkington, 60, was found guilty of treating a patient for his homosexuality. A hearing of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - the largest professional body for therapists - concluded that the treatment she gave constituted "professional malpractice."

The unanimous verdict came with heavy sanctions: Pilkington's accreditation to the organisation was suspended. She was ordered to complete extensive training and professional development. If she does not file a report in 6-12 months, satisfying the board that she has complied, she will have her membership revoked: she will be struck off.

The Guardian 27.05.11. Read the full article HERE


  1. Great news! Please send some of this reasonableness across the pond.

  2. So the end of the article in the Guardian is not the end of the story? Well, that's good to know.

  3. Don't get me started on the damage done to so many by psychiatrists during the 60's and early 70's. I consider myself lucky to have got off fairly lightly.