Richard Cohen Shifts Gears

Jim Burroway

July 8th, 2007

Grove City College’s Warren Throckmorton noticed that Richard Cohen, the self-proclaimed ex-gay “psychotherapist” who heads the International Healing Foundation, has quietly announced that he is no longer personally counseling clients who want to change their sexual orientation.

Cohen does however continue to offer personal consultations, treatment plans and referrals. He also sells a series of internet-based teleconferences and what he calls “healing seminars,” and he is more than happy to “certify” other therapists in his unorthodox methods for $1,400 a pop. And it looks like some have taken him up on the offer.

And all of this, of course, follows his own line of books, audio CD’s and DVDs. In case you were wondering, buying his products happens to be “step 1” of his “process of healing”. He doesn’t even want you to contact him until you’ve done that.

Which is probably for the best, because when you read his 2001 book Coming Out Straight — the one with Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s endorsement on the front cover — you’ll find out what his “process of healing” is all about.


But if you’ve read his book and you’re still interested in getting in on his act, he has an entire line of products for each of the remaining four steps of healing. In fact, he has an entire ladder of healing; an ex-gay pyramid, if you will.

With so many products to sell and seminars to hold and teleconferences to sponsor, maybe one-on-one counseling has become a poor revenue stream from a return-on-investment standpoint.

It’s amazing what one can get by with in a wide open field with no standards, no regulation, and no accountability. Caveat emptor.

See also:

Richard Cohen Shifts Gears
Richard Cohen Is “Disappeared”
Fallout From Richard Cohen’s “The Daily Show” Appearance
Therapy In the Wild, Wild West

Jody Wheeler

July 8th, 2007

Richard has discovered what we here in Hollywood have known for years — it’s all about the merchandising.

If you wait long enough, I’m sure he’ll come out with a line of Ex-Gay shirts, cup holders, and animated films.

Lynn David

July 8th, 2007

Those who can, do; those who cannot teach those who do but cannot.

What the heck is the Trauma-Based Model for the Treatment of SSA. Do they stick you in a bed with a woman? And Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing?

Dave Rattigan

July 9th, 2007

Interesting picture. Baffling, though, ’cause when my partner and I do that kind of thing together, if anything it only makes us feel MORE gay. Hmmm. What could we be doing wrong? :/

Timothy Kincaid

July 9th, 2007

And besides you have to have actual living breathing patients to continue counseling. To sell a book all you need is an opinion.

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