Friday, July 11, 2014

In Defense of SSA THERAPY

Listen to Peter Briggs testify before the DC City Council explaining how re-orientation therapy has been helpful to many.
Briggs, from the Family Research Council does an amazing job. I would only add this. The talk of re-orientation is not my favorite way of speaking about therapeutic help for those who struggle with SSA (same sex attraction.) I believe the movement for educating the public on SSA, it's true origins, what it means and what it does not mean is harmed by the perpetuation of the idea that therapy is aimed at "changing" someone's attraction to the same sex INTO an attraction to the opposite sex. THE TWO ARE ENTIRELY UNRELATED. This is the message that seems to continually be lost when debating therapy.   
Peter does try to clarify this, but I believe it is important to admit our brokenness, important to understand that those who have SSA necessarily are broken in the sense that we usually carry deep emotional wounds and have many unmet and legitimate same sex emotional needs - whether perceived or real.
The greatest tragedy of all this political crushing of SSA counseling and therapy efforts is that those who WANT professional help can no longer find it. Their freedom to pursue their own emotional and mental health is dangerously thwarted by denying them the vast knowledge and tools of the medical professions.
Thank you Peter Briggs and the Family Research Council for your defense of this sorely needed therapy.