In June 2013, I wrote a short piece on Dr Paul Miller MD DMH MRC Psych as he had hit the headlines due to his ability to ‘cure’ gays through ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’. Also, his close connections to ex-Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP Iris Robinson.
Why am I re-raising this again you may ask; well I was reading some old Hansards’ and came across a report on Dr Miller talking to a
NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE FOR HEALTH, SOCIAL SERVICES AND PUBLIC SAFETY
where he was talking about suicide and in particular with young men. He also made reference to his Christian beliefs in this report. He outlined all his experience and qualifications – which to a layman seem to be very exhaustive.
Now back to today, Dr Miller is Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychogeriatrician. Clinical Lead and Responsible Officer at Mirabilis Health which is based in Glengormley. A recent report (Announced Care Inspection Report 27 March 2017) from The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority found no issues with the establishment and the 12 patients who submitted questionnaire responses indicated that the service is well managed.
Now the therapy system that Dr Miller uses is:
EMDR therapy is broken down into eight different phases, so you’ll need to attend multiple sessions. Treatment usually takes about 12 separate sessions.
Phase 1: History and treatment planning
Your therapist will first review your history and decide where you are in the treatment process. This evaluation phase also includes talking about your trauma and identifying potential traumatic memories to treat specifically.
Phase 2: Preparation
Your therapist will then help you learn several different ways to cope with the emotional or psychological stress you’re experiencing.
Stress management techniques such as deep breathing and mindfulness may be used.
Phase 3: Assessment
During the third phase of EMDR treatment, your therapist will identify the specific memories that will be targeted and all the associated components (such as the physical sensations that are stimulated when you concentrate on an event) for each target memory.
Phases 4-7: Treatment
Your therapist will then begin using EMDR therapy techniques to treat your targeted memories. During these sessions, you will be asked to focus on a negative thought, memory, or image.
Your therapist will simultaneously have you do specific eye movements. The bilateral stimulation may also include taps or other movements mixed in, depending on your case.
After the bilateral stimulation, your therapist will ask you to let your mind go blank and notice the thoughts and feelings you’re having spontaneously. After you identify these thoughts, your therapist may have you refocus on that traumatic memory, or move on to another.
If you become distressed, your therapist will help bring you back to the present before moving on to another traumatic memory. Over time, the distress over particular thoughts, images, or memories should start to fade.
Phase 8: Evaluation
In the final phase, you’ll be asked to evaluate your progress after these sessions. Your therapist will do the same.
I am not saying EMDR is not successful, EMDR therapy has proven to be very effective in the treatment of PTSD for instance, however as being gay is not a medical condition, and possibly using it as a form of Gay Conversion treatment of ‘gays’ it would seem more like a version of brainwashing.
Now the LGBT community has been fighting for gay conversion therapy to be banned in the UK. Indeed in 2018, then-prime minister Theresa May’s LGBT action plan said the government would bring forward proposals to “end the practice of conversion therapy” as a priority; however the current Conservative equalities minister Kemi Badenoch says the so-called therapy is a ‘very complex issue’ and the department was unable to produce a timetable for any legislation or forthcoming consultation.
- From <https://queerarchive.net/belfast-psychiatrist-miller-to-face-cash-dealings-probe-headline-from-18-april-2013/>
The ‘gay cure’ experiments that were written out of scientific history
Treatments of homosexuality in Britain since the 1950s—an oral history: the experience of patients
The cruel, dangerous reality of gay conversion therapy
Gay Conversion Therapy’s Disturbing 19th-Century Origins
I tried gay conversion therapy and it was my own horror film
- From <https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/31/gay-conversion-therapy-the-miseducation-of-cameron-post>
UK government hasn’t banned gay conversion therapy two years after pledge to end practice
- From <https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/gay-conversion-therapy-uk-ban-government-a9520751.html>
EMDR Therapy: What You Need to Know