Controversial TV and radio personality, ‘Counsellor’ George Lutterodt has said that he doesn’t force people to agree with his teachings and anyone who disagrees with what he says is at liberty to change the channel.
According to Counselor Lutterodt, people have the right to switch off their radio or television sets whenever they disagree with him during discussions.
Known for his rather loud voice and no nonsense personalities, counselor Lutterodt in responding to his ban by the Ghana Psychology Council for the first time on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review on Saturday, September 21, said he doesn’t force people to accept his supposedly wrong doctrines since he is called to express his views about trending issues.
“I’m an agent of change and what I’m doing has saved many lives contrary to what people think about my teachings. Many people are frustrated and depressed and need psychological help. They mostly don’t have people to talk to and harbour suicidal thoughts and I receive calls from such people daily”. He stated.
“I may not be making sense to some people but many people are also benefitting from my services so it is not compulsory for anyone to accept what I say when you see or hear me talk,” he said.
Counsellor Lutterodt further on disclosed that he didn’t start off as the counsellor Lutterodt many have come to know him for and that the name was just a brand.
“Anyone who knows me from the days of Radio Universe will testify that I never called myself counsellor but gradually, people started calling me counselor when I started appearing on radio and television shows and I have accepted it as my brand for what I’m doing,” he said.
The Ghana Psychology Council in a recent press statement said Counselor Lutterodt is not certified to to be called a counselor.
The council cited him as being in contravention of the Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act by calling and holding himself as a counselor as well as providing counselling services on radio and television.
The letter read;
“The Health Professions Regulatory Bodies Act stipulates in section 14 that a person who doesn’t have the requisite qualification and who is not registered within the council but wilfully and falsely uses any name, title, or in addition, implying a qualification of practice as a psychologist(counsellor) and practices or professes to practice psychology of which include counselling or received payment to provide psychological services commits an offence and is punishable by law,” Registrar of the Council, Dr Dinah Baah-Odo.
However, Counselor Lutterodt replied that he had professional training as a counselor and had a certificate to prove that and would resist any attempts to arrest him.
He has since the received both bashing and praise from the public.