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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8/3/19  9:50 am
Commenter: Maria Keffler

Stop Promoting Transgender Ideology

Controlling what counselors are allowed to say in therapy sessions is not a ban on conversion therapy (which term I'd like to hear you define) but is an unmasked ban on free thought, free speech, and evidence-based counseling. Gender-affirmation therapy is neither the best nor the only treatment for individuals with gender dysphoria, and certainly not for pre-pubescent children. Even the World Professional Association for Transgender Health admits that 80-95% of children with gender dysphoria will align with their birth sex if allowed to pass through puberty naturally-- no social or medical transition, but only "watchful waiting" and "compassionate care" as described by Dr. Ken Zucker, a gender counselor with more than three decades of experience.

Say NO to this ban.

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