Letter to Chairs and CEOs of Professional Bodies

Sent to BACP, UKCP, BPC, BABCP, BPS Pink Therapy, COSRT and NCS

21 March 2019


We welcome the announcement that Dr Michael Brady has been appointed as the first National Adviser for LGBT+ Health, and that an Advisory Panel has also been appointed to focus on key issues for people who are LGBT+ “such as conversion therapy.” 1

There are no therapists on the Advisory Panel, a particularly striking omission for a group with an explicit focus on conversion therapy.

The Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK is an important document that represents many years of therapist engagement with this subject. We recognise our professional bodies’ commitment to this vital issue.

We urge the BACP, BABCP, BPC, BPS, COSRT, NCS, Pink Therapy and UKCP to join us in urgently contacting Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Women and Equalities, to ask why therapists have not been invited to join the panel.


Bea Millar

Chair, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility