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More MSM coverage of ex-gay 'conversion therapist' Richard Cohen

You’ll recall my post a week or so ago about the unhinged “ex-gay” therapist Richard Cohen (Inside ‘ex-gay’ therapy), who appeared on Paula Zahn and demonstrated his unusual therapeutic techniques, such as hugging the gay away (no penii arousal involved, of course):

About this therapy, Cohen saysYou’ve got to feel it to heal it.” O-M-G. (Screenshot:Ex-Gay Watch)

Crooks & Liars picked up that post today and followed up with the news that Cohen’s marriage is, well, arranged in traditional Moonie style.

From yet another MSM outlet giving this discredited “therapist” publicity, the WaPo:

Articulate and engaging, Cohen has the sinewy build and erect carriage of the dancer he once was. He has been married for nearly 23 years — an arranged marriage that he said was suggested by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon when he and his wife were members of the Unification Church, to which they belonged for 20 years.

The couple has three children, two of them students at the University of Pennsylvania, and a happy marriage that Cohen said belies their turbulent early years. He has been exclusively heterosexual since 1987, he said, and no longer feels attracted to men, only to women.

Right. The article at least goes on to report about his lack of license and his expulsion from a professional organization.

He is not licensed as a therapist, he explained, because he “didn’t want to jump through the hoops and deal with the heterophobia and anti-ex-gay attitudes.” He circumvents the licensing requirement by asking for donations to his foundation. “I am not doing therapy per se,” he said. “I’m coaching.”

In 2002, Cohen was permanently expelled from the American Counseling Association (ACA) for multiple ethical violations.

Permanent expulsion is a rarely used sanction, according to David Kaplan, chief professional officer of the Alexandria-based organization. Kaplan said Cohen was found to have violated six sections of the ACA’s ethics code, which bars members from actions that “seek to meet their personal needs at the expense of clients,” those that exploit “the trust and dependency of clients,” and for soliciting testimonials or promoting products in a deceptive manner.

I can’t leave this out, please gentle Blenders, hold your sides to keep them from splitting — here’s more detail on how to rid yourself of the homo demon through Richard’s pro guidance. It’s even more amusing the second time around.

As part of his treatment, Cohen advises patients to pray, exercise regularly and undergo “behavioral and gesture reeducation” in which they practice acting more conventionally masculine. He also endorses a technique using “bioenergetics” in which a client releases pent-up anger by smashing a tennis racket against a mound of pillows while repeatedly screaming “Dad” — or the name of the person about whom the client has unresolved feelings. This, Cohen said, is how he recovered his repressed memories of sexual abuse.

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