Healthy Therapy Is
A good therapist should never push a client in any direction. In response to the client's statement "I feel like I'm gay" the ethical therapist should say "Tell me more about that."
Clients should not be forced into therapy by anyone. Therapy cannot be effective without the full cooperation of the client.
Not Abusive or Aversive
Therapy should help reduce shame, not increase it. It should encourage self-compassion, and should not artifically limit possibilities in approaches to sexuality and gender.
Supportive of the client's values
Not all clients place sexuality at the top of their value system. Therapy should support the client in his or her value system and should not push the client into actions that go against their moral code.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The client's faith and value system is often as important to them and as much a part of them as their sexuality, or even more so. As such, good therapy seeks to support the client in all their goals.
Discussions about sexuality and gender should never push a client to change their faith or value system, but should support their client in their goals. They should allow exploration of all potential paths for expressing and interpreting sexuality and gender.
Having any particular goal of therapy is not, in and of itself, harmful. Therapy becomes harmful when it assumes change will or must occur, denigrates the quality of a client's preferred life path regarding sexuality or gender, or limits the ability of a client to explore all possibilities.
Good therapy helps the client develop a positive self image, fosters emotional, psychological, and intellectual development, and asserts the individual's right to determine their own standards.
Everyone's voice is important and we believe we can find a way to address the concerns of our diverse Utah neighbors and friends but, this won't happen if regulations or legislation ignores the needs of some at the expense of others.
So here is our Protect All Teens "conversational" position: