The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey and the former Bishop of Rochester, Rt Rev. Michael Nazir-Ali have leapt to the defence of a psychotherapist who is facing a ban by her professional body after trying to ‘cure’ a gay man of his homosexuality.

Lesley Pilkington, a practising Christian, awaits an appeal hearing on Wednesday against her suspension by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), after she was recorded using reparative therapy on undercover journalist Patrick Strudwick at her home in 2009.

In a letter to the BACP, the clergy argue: “Psychological care for those who are distressed by unwanted homosexual attractions has been shown to yield a range of beneficial client outcomes, especially in motivated clients ... Such therapy does not produce harm despite the Royal College of Psychiatrists and others maintaining the contrary.”

The BACP board concluded last year that Pilkington “had allowed her personal preconceived views about gay lifestyle and sexual orientation to affect her professional relationship in a way that was prejudicial.” It also described Pilkington’s methods as “reckless”, “disrespectful”, “dogmatic” and “unprofessional”.

COMMENT: Respect due to the god-complexed shrink - she did manage to cure the man of being an undercover journalist even though most experts believe that people are born journalistic and that there's nothing you can do to change them.



  1. I disagree with Chris, poor Carey has some issues and he needs either a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist to help him deal with them.

  2. Evangelical aversion therapy?
    It involves hitting the sufferer over the head with a large print version of the N.I.V. until they no longer believe it’s the inerrant word of God.

  3. I just came home from the induction of the new minister at the Presby church down the street. In his examination by the Moderator, I was struck by the question on Scripture. It was something like (not a verbatim quote) “Do you believe in the Old and New Testaments as the revealed word of God bearing witness to the God’s Word made flesh, Jesus?” I quite liked it, as very pointedly discouraging bibliolatry, and calling attention to the true Word. Much better than the formulation in the 39 Articles.

  4. “Psychological care for those who are distressed by unwanted left-hand favoring attractions”

    Put this way, ANYONE could see the shrink (and her episcopal cronies) are {surprise} K-razy!

  5. I imagine people go to psychotherapists distressed with all sorts unwanted this or that. Surely the “treatment” if we use that word is to help the person overcome their distress. Let’s say they are distressed at having to enter a lift. One would hardly think the cure was to say “Well you don’t go near any lifts again”. Or to say “Yeah you’re right, there shouldn’t be such a thing as lifts. Why don’t we try to get rid of them?’ Surely the “treatment” lies in helping the person to a better adjustment to reality. Much harder to do, and requiring a deeper understanding of the person no doubt, than just saying, “Don’t do it!” Overall I guess I’m saying “Earn your bloody fee Ms Therapist”.