A former homosexual and licensed professional counselor for those with unwanted same-sex attraction has responded to longtime conversion therapy practitioner, McKrae Game, renouncing sexual orientation change efforts therapy.
Game was dismissed from Hope for Wholeness in 2017 — a network that counsels people who want to leave their homosexual lifestyles behind — and in June had come out as gay, noting that while married to a woman he continued to be sexually attracted to men.
His story was featured in the The Post and Courier on Monday, and has since gained international attention for renouncing types of therapy aimed at helping people reduce or eliminate same-sex sexual attraction.
“Conversion therapy is not just a lie, but it’s very harmful,” Game told The Post and Courier. “Because it’s false advertising.”
Christopher Doyle, a counselor and the executive director of the Institute for Healthy Families, told The Christian Post on Wednesday that he had once met Game and, while considering him a “nice man,” believed he was “emotionally unhealthy.”
“As McKrae lamented in his recent apology, he was operating in a pseudo-counseling role with Hope for Wholeness and not properly trained to deal with the mental health issues of clients that struggle with sexual and gender identity conflicts,” Doyle said.
“Due to these and other problems, McKrae (admittedly) suffered from several nervous breakdowns and had an ongoing struggle with online pornography, which he used to medicate the stress of leadership. Undoubtedly, these factors led to his termination from Hope for Wholeness in 2017.”
Regarding Game’s recent announcement, Doyle told CP that he believed the former conversion therapy proponent was not practicing proper counseling for same-sex attracted individuals.
At issue, according to Doyle, was the very phrase “conversion therapy,” which he said was a term coined by LGBT activists that is “ill-defined, has no formal regulatory code or ethics, and is practiced by unlicensed religious counselors and coaches.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski