Booted for beliefs, man reaches settlement with psychotherapy association

 December 23, 2023

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A report from Christian Concern in the United Kingdom has confirmed that James Esses has reached a settlement with the U.K. Council for Psychotherapy "after he was bullied for challenging transgender ideology."

Esses two years ago was "thrown out of his university training course in psychotherapy" and even the UKCP over his comments about the ideology that a man can turn himself into a woman, or vice versa.

At a crowd-funding site, Esses himself announced a settlement.

He said he was not in a position to reveal the terms, but he was "extremely happy with them."

UKCP claimed it recognized "that gender-critical beliefs (that sex is both binary and immutable) are protected under the Equality Act 2010. UKCP also recognises the validity of the professional belief that children suffering from gender dysphoria should be treated with explorative therapy, rather than being affirmed towards irreversible and potentially damaging medical intervention. Psychotherapists and counselors accredited by UKCP are fully entitled to hold such beliefs and any discrimination against them on this basis, including by UKCP-accredited training organizations, is unlawful."

Christian Concern explained the statement now "protects counselors and psychotherapists who are UKCP members when they express the belief that sex is binary and immutable, citing the Equality Act 2010. This means they cannot be sacked for holding or expressing those beliefs."

Further, the organization reported, "The statement shows that the UKCP treats as valid the belief of many counselors and psychotherapists that children with gender dysphoria should receive therapy, not gender reassignment treatments."

The report did note that Esses is still pursuing legal action against the Metanoia Institute, a body accredited by the UKCP to train therapists, for throwing him off its course. The organization reported, "The Metanoia Institute had done this in reaction to Esses starting a parliamentary petition opposing a ban on talking therapy for children with gender problems. Esses is hoping that the Employment Tribunal can arrange a pre-trial hearing for his case."

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