A psychologist in Florida who claims he can change his clients’ sexual orientation has allegedly been found looking for hookups on gay dating apps.
Norman Goldwasser, a long-time proponent of so-called conversion therapy, used profiles on Manhunt and Gay Bear Nation, according LGBTI non-profit, Truth Wins Out . The clinical director of Horizon Psychological Services allegedly used the screen name ‘hotnhairy72’.
In screenshots provided to NBC News by the non-profit, his interests include ‘dating’, ‘kissing’, ‘married men’, ‘massage’, as well as more explicit activities.
Founder and executive director Truth Wins Out, Wayne Besen, claims he was made aware of the profile by someone who claimed to be one of Goldwasser’s former ‘gay conversion therapy’ patients.
Besen then created a fake profile, named ‘Brandon’, to try and contact the psychologist.
A proponent of so-called gay conversion therapy
After a conversation, Goldwasser allegedly offered to meet with ‘Brandon’ at a Fort Lauderdale motel. ‘Brandon’ then revealed himself, and confronted him about his ‘gay conversion therapy’ past.
Besen told NBC that the psychologist initially denied the profiles were his. When confronted with the screenshots, though, he ‘called me and confessed, begging for mercy’.
The number uncovered by Truth Wins Out was confirmed to be the one Goldwasser uses on multiple websites by NBC. The voicemail greeting claimed to be ‘Norman Goldwasser of Horizon Psychological Services’.
He said in a statement to the news site: ‘The fact that this story and others have been brought to the public is incredibly painful but will become a catalyst for me seeking the right help for myself.
‘It is sad that despite the fact that I have been able to help many people over the years who have suffered from the effects of child sexual abuse and sexual addition, I obviously was unable to help myself.
‘There is no justification for my personal behavior and I deeply regret the pain I have caused people in my personal life.’
A history of pathologizing homosexuality
Besen writes on his website: ‘Goldwasser can’t claim his personal life is none of our business when trying to ‘cure’ LGBT people in his business.’
Goldwasser has been a long proponent of so-called conversion therapy.
In 2006 he co-wrote a paper with fellow conversion therapy proponent David Matheson. Called Holistic Therapy: A Comprehensive, Clinical Approach to the Treatment of SSA, the paper casually links homosexuality to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
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