A British counselor who was censured by the UK’s top professional psychotherapy association for agreeing to help a man leave the homosexual lifestyle has received the backing of high-ranking officials from one of the nation’s most venerable institutions: the Church of England.
In late January the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (BACP) found 60-year-old psychotherapist Lesley Pilkington guilty of professional misconduct after she agreed to counsel a man who came to her claiming he wanted to leave the homosexual lifestyle. The individual, Patrick Strudwick, turned out to be a “gay” undercover journalist trying to entrap Pilkington and get her in trouble.
“I am an out, happily gay man,” Strudwick wrote in the Guardian newspaper. “I was undercover, investigating therapists who practice this so-called conversion therapy (also known as reparative therapy) — who try to ‘pray away the gay.’ I asked her to make me straight.” Strudwick justified his underhanded conniving, insisting that Pilkington’s compassionate efforts to help homosexuals find freedom “flout the advice of every major mental-health body in Britain.”
The BACP ruled that Pilkington — who prayed with Strudwick and used Scripture to help show him the way to freedom — had allowed her “preconceived views” about homosexuality to color her professional behavior “in a way that was prejudicial.” BACP officials ordered her to undergo a volley of re-education and professional training courses designed to help her realign her views — or face losing her professional credentials.
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Photo: The Right Rev. George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury