The proposed bill makes wrong assumptions, violates therapeutic standards, and contributes to further neglect. Above all, it does not tackle or scrutinize the highly contested gay-affirming and gender-affirming therapies. In doing so, the NZ youth is not being protected but one-sidedly handed over to the whims of the day, after which the book on the subject is closed. Continue reading The harm caused by a therapy ban in NZ, part 8 of 8: “Bad legislation”
The most harmful drawback of the proposed NZ legislation is that it will no longer be legitimate to talk to younger people in-depth about homosexuality. No more searching for answers, no more looking under the hood of the car or lifting the car up, only a ready-made identity to slip into, flags to wave, and parades to attend. Each therapist who is sincere, aims to create room for content, not to tackle society, but to help the client ask him/herself: what the hell am I doing?. Continue reading The harm caused by a therapy ban in NZ, part 7 of 8: “The new taboo is harmful”
The proposed legislation is not an ultimate solution for mental health care, it will become the ultimate problem. There are four backlash issues that inevitably must lead to professional condemnation of this fear-mongering. Can we already predict undesirable dramas stemming from this bill? Yes. And have they been taken into account? No. The Bill aims to induce a chilling effect on dissidence. To this end, the notion of thought crimes is introduced. More than 10.000 individuals in NZ have written a letter of protest. The professional mental health community is under siege. Continue reading The harm caused by a therapy ban in NZ, part 6 of 8: “The emergence of backlashes”
As a child in 1962, I saw a movie called “Toby Tyler, 10 weeks with a Circus”. I had saved three pennies in my piggy bank. I juggled them out and bought myself a seat. It was based on the book by James Otis Kaler (1880). Walt Disney made the movie and you can always trust Walt Disney. ‘Taken in by distant members of his family after being orphaned, Toby runs away to join a circus that had come to town’.
It blew my mind away. But can you get away with it in these days of animal-rights activists? Continue reading The harm caused by a therapy ban in NZ, part 5 of 8: “The myth of the monkey race”