“For too long, same-sex attraction has been categorized as sinful and in need of repairing. Such stigma has caused LGBTQ people crippling shame and fear. As a child I experienced and as an adult I perpetuated that stigma. I profoundly regret my support for and promotion of reparative therapy.”
- Licensed Therapists have always been forbidden from attempting to "change" anyone against their will. That would be a violation of basic ethics.
- No one has ever committed suicide
due to Reparative Therapy. The individuals who have committed suicide would likely be alive today IF only they'd had access to real healing and unconditional love - which are the aim of Reparative Therapy.
- No one has ever been “forced” to undergo Reparative Therapy. By definition, that is not possible. The therapy itself teaches self-respect and empowers individuals to stand up for themselves. You cannot “force” someone to be empowered and stand up for themselves against their will.
- Many people may have been forced
into going to Exodus groups or talking to the church leaders and there are all
kinds of those, but none of that has ever had anything to do with Reparative Therapy.
- Reparative Therapy is not a separate
modality of therapy. It uses all of the same therapy modalities of other
therapists. The difference is respect for the client’s faith and identity.
Reparative Therapists believe that there is more to an individual human human
being than a reductionist reference to their attractions.
- "Reparative Therapy" got
its name from the premise put forth by Dr. Nicolosi that the compulsion for
homosexual behavior is often a "reparative drive" - and that if we
address the underlying Shame and emotional wounds, this drive will be LESS
compulsive and healing can take place. It does NOT mean "repairing" a
homosexual person because they are 'broken.'
- “Reparative Therapy has brought healing and restoration -
improving overall quality of life to everyone who has sincerely tried it. As a
byproduct of this healing, Same-Sex Attraction usually decreases, but it is
never expected or promised that it will go away entirely for everyone.
- None of the public critics who claim to have been “harmed” or "shamed" by “Reparative Therapy” have never actually worked with a real Reparative Therapist. This includes Alan Chambers and the outspoken "former Ex-Gay leaders".