Supporting people with unwanted same-sex attraction and gender confusions

Many people experiencing difficulties in such areas want help in overcoming the feelings. This can be motivated by health concerns, religious beliefs, or simply by preference. Currently these people are being let down and denied access to services except they affirm these unwanted feelings. Many governments are wanting to ban all related counselling or therapy. With the aggressive secular culture that has developed towards anyone who does not want to embrace homosexuality, or transsexual ideology, people are left with nowhere to turn.

The IFTCC was established to help people find the support they are looking for by providing access to “preferred provider” counsellors. These are counsellors who uphold the practice guidelines and ethical statements of the IFTCC, and who are sympathetic to the goals and world-views of those seeking help. They value client autonomy.

We work with experienced practitioners around the world to ensure that people have access to the support they need. We’re here also to help encourage collegiality and supportive supervision networks which encourage transparent, accountable and professional services.

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Read our response to the UK Government's intended ban on therapeutic choice (v2)

What people say...

"The reason for my transgenderism was the fact that I didn’t feel like a man... doesn’t a person have the right to actually go and seek help to change their orientation if it’s causing them distress? Today it’s good … I feel secure in my masculinity. …. at this point in my life I’m happy being a man for the first time in a long time."

John/Jannine

"There are indeed people who are critical of my journey. They don't agree, and they don't believe in change. I, however, respond that my life is more honest now."

Anon

"My gay affairs once worked for me like drugs work for an addict. I wanted to compensate my bad feelings …. Today I rather face my bad feelings."

Emily

"I wasn’t born with these desires but they grew as a result of bullying and exclusion as a teenager."

David (45)

"I found that people who have decided to live as a homosexual got all the support they needed but the people that decided [to] change their lifestyle had no real help."

Anon

"It is ironic that a society that prides itself on individual liberty wants to enforce its values on others."

Mohammed (24 years)

"They provide me tremendous assistance with unwanted same sex attraction and my mental, emotional and psychological health had improved remarkably."

Tzvii (32 years)

"This therapy does not attempt to change an individual from being gay to being straight but rather it helps an individual heal from past hurts and fears."

Callum (41 years)

"I have the right to pursue truth and happiness as I understand it; and that is what this therapy has allowed me to do."

Anon

"I find it unacceptable that bigoted, intolerant people are seeking to disallow others their truth and their happiness, by seeking to ban this type of therapy."

Male, 40

"Gay activists have created a caricature of what they think conversion therapy is and then they talk these politicians into passing a law against this caricature."

Dr Joseph Nicolosi

"'It is not the case that sexual orientation is immutable or might not vary to some extent in a person’s life.' Position Statement PS02/2014 April 2014"

Royal College of Psychiatrists

"My abuse had occurred at an age of ego formation …. negating my normal sexual evolution as a heterosexual male, to be replaced with a sense of non-being, genderless, neither male nor female. [I] sought in vain to find happiness in gay-affirming society and active gay life over the course of 20 years."

Phil, 60

"I do not identify with gay culture, and I don’t want to engage in gay life any more."

Male, 40

"There is a quelling of the ability of people to have information, to make informed decisions about topics like sexual orientation change and sexuality in general."

Dr Christopher Rosik

"It’s so unfortunate that it took me so long to get this ... therapy. It’s just exactly what I would have loved to have had in my late teens. It would have been the answer to all my questions."

Denis (38 years)

Bullying & Intimidation

Have you received bullying or intimidation about your desire to leave unwanted behaviours?

People have experienced significant intolerance and aggression when they have chosen to go in new directions, or to leave some LGBT communities. Let us know your experience (in complete confidence).