from About NARTH
NARTH's Official Position Statement
Attention has been given to a variety of techniques described as "holding therapy" for the treatment of unwanted homosexuality. Such techniques are not a part of the standard psychological care included in reorientation or reparative therapies.
NARTH does not subscribe to the belief that therapists providing psychological care to individuals with unwanted homosexual attraction should use "holding therapy." There is no scientific evidence which supports the effectiveness of such interventions by the therapist. In fact, we believe that when used by a mental health professional, such techniques are contraindicated and potentially dangerous, placing clients at risk for emotional and sexual exploitation.
NARTH strongly opposes the use of holding techniques by therapists and advises its members to provide psychological care in a professional, ethical manner which is consistent with the codes of ethics of the national mental health organizations and state licensing boards.
NARTH Board of Directors
December 6, 2008