The American Psychological Association has officially proclaimed that homosexuality is not a psychological disorder. We do not attempt to challenge their decision. Similarly, many individuals say they are happy identifying as gay, and we do not oppose their right to define themselves, and to live their lives as they wish.
However, some clients come to us with a different understanding of what it means to live out their lives in the most satisfying way. It is to these people-- who come to us with their own, self-defined problems in living-- that we offer our help.
So then, what is reparative therapy, and why is it so controversial? Opponents of the practice say that it involves shaming the client, causing him to deny his true self, and breaking up family ties. I would like to take this opportunity to explain what reparative therapy actually is.
Equally important, I would like to explain why “sexually questioning” teens must have the chance to investigate all of their options -- not just be encouraged by counselors into adopting a gay identity and living a gay lifestyle.