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Shrink who said he could 'cure' gays wants us to act more like wolves

By LIAM CLARKE

The psychiatrist who claimed to be able to cure homosexuals is now offering counselling drawing on the 'wisdom of wolves' from a new base in Holywood.

The Wisdom Of Wolves is a book by Twyman Towery, an American management guru and motivational speaker. It advocates creating a pack spirit in business, claiming "the strength of the wolf is in the pack and the strength of the pack is in the wolf".

Dr Paul Miller, who can only practise under the supervision of another doctor of consultant grade or higher, believes that Towery's doctrine has applications in psychiatry.

He has a new private clinic called Mirabilis operating from the Co Down town.

Its website praises wolf packs for hunting their prey efficiently.

"Wolves do not aimlessly run around their intended victims, yipping and yapping. They have a strategic plan and execute it through constant communication. When the moment of truth arrives, each understands his role and understands exactly what the pack expects of him," it says.

Dr Miller is better known for his controversial gay cure philosophy and his role as a former adviser of Iris Robinson, the shamed DUP MP who retired from politics in 2009 after a sex scandal and mental breakdown.

A year earlier she had referred to Dr Miller on Radio Ulster's Stephen Nolan Show. She said: "I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals trying to turn away from what they are engaged in. I'm happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals."

She claimed that Dr Miller could help homosexuals to get married to women and have children.

Trying to reverse someone's sexual orientation was popularised as "conversion therapy" by Dr Jeffrey Satinover, a controversial US psychiatrist. His 1996 book Homosexuality And The Politics Of Truth describes homosexuality as a "soul sickness" and compares it to alcoholism and paedophilia.

Dr Satinover appears on Mirabilis's website on a list of people employed by the clinic but it adds that he now "works solely with staff training". He lives in New York and is not licensed to practice in the UK.

The idea that homosexuality can be cured is frowned on by mainstream psychiatry and disciplinary proceedings were initiated against Dr Miller after he gave two counselling sessions to Patrick Strudwick, a journalist. Mr Strudwick said Dr Miller claimed to have cured his own "conflicted sexuality" and to be married with two children.

He also gave Mr Strudwick, a journalist for Gay Times, exercises to combat gay urges. These included getting other men to massage him. Mr Strudwick said he felt Dr Miller had talked too freely about his own sexuality during counselling sessions conducted over the internet.

After Mr Strudwick complained to the General Medical Council Dr Miller was censured. He is currently allowed to practise but a number of conditions have been imposed on his licence, according to the GMC. He must, for instance, notify the GMC of any post he accepts and his day-to-day work must be supervised. He also has to inform employers that he has conditions on his licence, and request permission from the GMC before he takes any medical post.

A solicitor acting for Dr Miller said his client was abiding by all conditions.

STORY SO FAR

Dr Paul Miller hit the headlines in 2008 when Iris Robinson claimed that he could turn homosexuals into heterosexuals. Dr Miller resigned from his position in the Mater Hospital but continued to offer to "cure" homosexuals, including Patrick Strudwick, a journalist. Mr Strudwick complained to the General Medical Council. The GMC is now conducting a second investigation into claims that Dr Miller took financial advantage of a patient over a six-year period.

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