Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Action Unprofessional conduct - conversion therapy
Comment Period Ended on 8/7/2019
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8/1/19  5:54 pm
Commenter: Katie Brown

Do not deny counseling choices

Please do not punish counselors who choose to use "gender affirming" or so-called "conversion therapy" with their patients.  No one is forcing people into these therapies.  They should remain a choice, an option for individuals who want to use them.  Not everyone who experiences same sex attractions or gender dysphoria wants to continue down that path.  Let the patients decide for themselves what sort of therapy they want from their therapist.  Please do not limit their options.

It is also important not to punish counselors for following their conscience in deciding which type of therapy they will or will not offer to patients.

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