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Lesley Pilkington

Lesley Pilkington, a counsellor, was secretly recorded by an undercover journalist during a counselling session. The journalist was a homosexual man who deceived her into believing that he wanted counselling for unwanted same-sex attraction. Mrs Pilkington confirmed that she would be happy to meet with him but only within a Christian counselling context and he agreed. The journalist later complained to her professional body and to the press. She is now under investigation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the case continues as she appeals its findings.


  • May 23rd, 2012
    The BACP has informed a Christian counsellor that, following her appeal, she will still lose her senior accredited status, after she was tricked into provided counselling to a fake client who was secretly an undercover journalist.
  • January 30th, 2012
    Lord Carey, along with other senior figures, has written in support of Lesley Pilkington, stating that she should be able to continue providing her therapy. Lesley Pilkington is a Christian counsellor and psychotherapist who was approached by an undercover gay rights journalist in 2009.
  • June 10th, 2011
    Joint Statement by Lesley Pilkington and Andrea Minichiello Williams in response to the decision of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) of 23rd May 2011 and the Article written by Mr Strudwick in The Guardian Newspaper on 27 May 2011
  • May 27th, 2011
    Lesley Pilkington, the Christian counsellor who is being investigated by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for giving counselling to an undercover gay reporter, has had her confidence breached once again after Patrick Strudwick released a misleading article about the hearing, while the investigation still continues, and against the express instructions of the BACP.
  • January 20th, 2011
    A Christian counsellor, due to appear before a Professional Conduct Panel for giving therapy to a homosexual man who pretended to be a Christian, has sought an adjournment and is calling on her professional body to bring in the police to investigate intimidation of one of her key witnesses.
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