Reparative therapy, also called “conversion therapy,” attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity through psychotherapy or other intervention techniques. Reparative therapy is based upon the assumption that same-sex attraction and transgender identity are choices, and as such, can be modified through treatment. The nation’s leading medical and mental health associations, however, do not support the premise of reparative therapy and do not endorse efforts to change one’s sexual orientation through therapy. Scientific evidence shows that reparative therapy does not work and that it may, in fact, result in significant harm to its participants.

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FAQs About Reparative Therapy

Statements by Professional Organizations on Reparative Therapy