Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Dr. Bachmann's Reparative Therapy Revealed

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | July 11, 2011 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: anti-gay politicians, ex-gay doesn't work, GOP presidential candidates, Love Won Out, Michele Bachmann, reparative therapy

The Daily Beast provided some new revelations yesterday in regard to the questions swirling around the practice of Dr. Marcus Bachmann, husband of the Presidential candidate.

Michael Hamar reviewed these questions on Bilerico last week, noting that "Dr." Bachmann is not a licensed psychologist, and received his degree from a non-traditional Ph.D. program at an institution not accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Bachmann has denied performing reparative therapy.

As the Daily Beast reports, "If there was any doubt that he was lying, it disappeared on Friday, when The Nation broke news of an investigation by Truth Wins Out, a group devoted to combating the ex-gay movement. 'Undeniably, 100 percent, the Bachmann clinic practices reparative therapy, which tries to cure gay people of their homosexuality,' says Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out's founder."

Besen recently put out a call for former Bachmann patients, and found one, Andrew Ramirez. In 2004, he attended counseling at Bachmann & Associates, where he was told that he should renounce his sexual orientation because it was unacceptable to God.

In addition, Truth Wins Out sent a staffer with a hidden camera to pose as a patient there. The Bachmann & Associates therapist told him that he could remove his gayness. The therapist also told him that "we're all heterosexuals," despite same-attractions, and suggested he attend the ex-gay Outpost Ministry to become more masculine and lust after hot women.

As the Daily Beast article also notes "Bachmann's clinic, which has received $137,000 in Medicaid funds, is subjecting people to psychologically damaging techniques with no scientific basis."

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The TWO staffer is a friend of mine. John stayed in our hotel room for the Creating Change conference this year because he got stuck in another hotel halfway across the city and it was freezing in Minneapolis in February. He's a doll.

Bil, I saw Dr. Weiss' article last month, but somehow didn't see your comment until just now. I miss you!!!

Johnny K. | July 11, 2011 8:05 PM

As I understand it, Minnesota has no requirements at all for licensing mental health professionals. I'm shocked, however, that Medicaid funds can go to a graduate of an un-accredited degree granting institution.

ABC Evening News did a story on this, but they only scratched the surface. There was no mention on the federal funding. The Today show will show it later this morning.