IHF Responds to Controversial Issues

Psychotherapist Richard Cohen, M.A. is the executive director and founder of the International Healing Foundation (IHF) located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He is the author of Coming Out Straight, Gay Children Straight Parents, Straight Talk About Homosexuality, Counselor Training Program, Let’s Talk About Sex, and Alfie’s Home. He has a tremendous success rate helping men and women with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) fulfill their heterosexual potential, and parents reconcile with their SSA children.

IHF’s Response to Richard Cohen’s expulsion from the American Counseling Association in April 2002

The American Counseling Association (ACA), a non-licensing, trade organization, opened an ethics inquiry regarding Richard Cohen’s practice in 2001 based on a single client’s complaint. The ACA charges were that a dual relationship was created because he allowed this client to do volunteer work for the International Healing Foundation, contribute to IHF, and share his story at a therapeutic conference. The most egregious act they said Mr. Cohen committed was suggesting that his client read/buy his books and attend healing seminars as a part of treatment. In fact, this is common and ethical practice among therapists. IHF believes that Mr. Cohen was unfairly scrutinized because he is a former homosexual and believes in the client’s right of self-determination to receive treatment for unwanted SSA. Because of their discrimination, Mr. Cohen chose not to subject himself to their biased ethics board and was subsequently expelled. The ACA’s decision has no implication on the legality or legitimacy of Richard Cohen’s therapeutic practice or that of IHF’s current therapists/coaches.


Psychotherapist Richard Cohen has always practiced within the legal requirements of each state where he resided. Presently he travels throughout the world training therapists, clergy, and ministry leaders how to assist the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning population, as well as those with unwanted same-sex attraction (LGBTQU) and their loved ones. He is the author of six books and is currently working on a new book entitled Time, Touch, and Talk: Healthy Parents, Healthy Children.

Therapeutic Techniques

As a psychotherapist, Mr. Cohen has employed a variety of traditional therapeutic modalities to help individuals, couples, and families heal. Eclectic in his approach, Cohen uses a variety of modalities that have been shown to be effective through scientific research. He has always practiced within the ethical guidelines of mental health organizations, respecting the client’s autonomy and self-determination. Regarding the use of touch in psychotherapy, IHF adheres to the Ethics Guidelines of The United States Association for Body Psychotherapy ( For more information on the history, efficacy, and practice of touch in psychotherapy, see: Phelan, J.E. (2009). Exploring the use of touch in the psychotherapeutic setting: A phenomenological review. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 46(1), 97-111.


Mr. Cohen was born and raised Jewish and then became a Christian during his undergraduate years in college. He joined the Unification Church as a young man, left in1995, and then returned to his Christian roots. Cohen came out of homosexuality and has been happily married since 1982. He and his wife have three beautiful children.

Wikipedia Page about Richard Cohen

The Wikipedia page about Richard Cohen was not written by the International Healing Foundation. We believe that it was written and edited by activists who are discriminatory toward former homosexuals and against therapy for those who experience unwanted same-sex attraction.

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