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UK: Journalist welcomes BACP decision to strike off anti-gay therapist

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  1. Very good this individual has been given the boot.

  2. Wow! Great news – I wasn’t expecting that so soon.

    “Negligent”, “dogmatic” and “unprofessional” indeed. She seemed determined to push her agenda rather than follow guidleines and think of her patients real needs.

  3. Guglielmo Marinaro 4 Oct 2012, 9:04pm

    As might be expected, we now hear those who want to promote this fraud complaining that the ruling is a violation of people’s freedom of choice. It is no such thing, of course. Those who, for whatever reason, don’t like their natural sexual orientation and have been deluded into believing that it can be deliberately changed are still perfectly free to waste their time trying to change it. They just won’t be able to get this unnecessary and potentially harmful “therapy” for a non-illness from an accredited mental health practitioner, and rightly so. If I believe in Christian Science, I can consult a Christian Science healer. I am similarly free to try astrotherapy, pyramid therapy, crystal healing, reincarnation therapy, psychic surgery or any other form of quackery that I choose. Is the fact that I can’t get any of these things from my doctor or from my local hospital a violation of my freedom of choice? No.

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Oct 2012, 10:22pm

    Now wait for a tongue lashing by the Christian Institute and other hate mongers like Lord Care, Anne Widdecombe and Anna Minichiello. Abuse of religious freedom they’ll be screaming.

    I’m thrilled that this bigoted quack has been given the boot.

  5. Dean Richardson 9 Dec 2012, 4:07pm

    Having read Strudwick’s versions in papers, Pilkinton’s versions via a Christian website supporting her and the BACP’s findings … there are a number of angles within this story.

    However, just to point out, one doesn’t get “struck off” by the BACP. It’s a professional membership body. One applies, pays annually, and can have membership ended.

    There are a number of membership levels inc student membership, accredited member, senior accredited member etc.

    Whilst membership can be a powerful form of recognition within the counselling & psychotherapy profession it’s not a legal requirement to practice therapy.

    Pilkinton can continue to practice reparative therapy for as long as she likes. She will most-likely have to practice privately, or join counselling organisations that use/promote reparative therapy as a treatment to homosexuals wishing to change sexual orientation … but she hasn’t been “struck off” in the same was as a GP might be halted from practising medicine.

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