So much for trying to help someone.
A Christian psychotherapist who tried to convert a gay man to become heterosexual has been found guilty of professional misconduct.
The Telegraph reports:
Lesley Pilkington was criticised by the professional body for counsellors after an undercover journalist posing as a patient secretly recorded her during a therapy session at her home.
Despite finding that Mrs Pilkington’s client, Patrick Strudwick, “deliberately misled her”, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ruled that she had breached the profession’s ethical code.
She now faces being struck off the association’s widely recognised professional register and is considering an appeal.
Mrs Pilkington, 60, practises “reparative therapy”, a controversial method which holds that homosexual orientation can be “theraputically changed” in clients who are motivated.
Mr Strudwick met Mrs Pilkington in 2009 at a largely Christian conference on therapy of homosexuality. He told her he said he was unhappy with his gay lifestyle and that he wanted treatment for his same-sex attraction.
Mr Strudwick then attended Mrs Pilkington’s private practice, based at her home in Chorleywood, Herts, and recorded a session on a tape machine strapped to his stomach.
He gathered material which he later used in a complaint against Mrs Pilkington to the BACP. A decision by the BACP panel was made earlier this week but both sides were told to treat the matter as confidential while Mrs Pilkington considered whether to use her right to an appeal.
However, Mr Strudwick wrote about the BACP’s decision for the Guardian newspaper. Mrs Pilkington then issued her own press statement through the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting her case. The BACP has declined to comment, stating that the process has not yet concluded.
The disciplinary panel described Mrs Pilkington as “reckless”, “disrespectful”, “dogmatic” and “unprofessional” and ruled that her treatment of him constituted “professional malpractice”.
The ruling stated that her accreditation to the organisation will be suspended and she will be ordered to complete training. If she fails to comply she will be struck off the register.
In his newspaper article, Mr Strudwick said: “I am an out, happily gay man. I was undercover, investigating therapists who practise this so-called conversion therapy (also known as reparative therapy) – who try to ‘pray away the gay’…
There’s more here.
What a deceptive act. To think that people go around wasting the time of others (who want to help). I’m glad that I stay nowhere near depraved England with all their spineless politically correct laws!
Heaven forbid you are to call homosexuality a sin!