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3/19/19  9:20 pm
Commenter: Josh C

“Conversion Therapy” isn’t Therapy

To start with, Psychology is a science based field and conversion therapy has no basis in science. We don’t have doctors out there prescribing essential oils, but even if we did this still would be better than conversion therapy. Why? Because conversion therapy actively does harm. It’s shown to increase depression and suicide rates. It causes an increase in self harm rather than preventing self harm. Therapy is meant to heal and to help heal, and nothing in having a sexual orientation that other people don’t like requires healing. People are who they are and trying to force change upon them by trying to convert them rather than helping them come to terms with who they are is harmful not helpful. 

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