The practice of Reparative Therapy, also often referred to as Conversion Therapy, is a controversial form of professional counseling, psychoanalysis, or psychotherapy designed to convert homosexual desires into heterosexual ones or to minimize homosexual response and simultaneously promote a heterosexual response in the patient. ReStory Ministries does not practice Reparative Therapy since we are a network of Christian ministries rather than mental health practitioners.
We appreciate contributions Reparative Therapists have made to our understanding of homosexuality and are grateful for the effective work many of them have done to assist individuals and families. In many cases, these therapists have joined forces with pastors and ministry leaders in ways that have been redemptive and of vital help to many. But we can offer neither a blanket commendation nor condemnation of Reparative Therapy practices, some of which we feel are valid and some of which we find at
We further believe that much of the controversy surrounding the practice stems from deliberate misrepresentations of it, while some of the controversies comes from simple misunderstandings of it, and some springs from legitimate, sincere concerns. We, therefore, recognize that some criticisms of it are valid and that the Church should not
embrace any psychological model as the ultimate, all-encompassing answer to problems of sexual orientation or identity.