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  4:48 pm
Commenter: Burlie A. Brunson, PhD Citizen

Denial of Parental and Professional Rights to Promote Political Agenda

In approving your recent Guidance Document, the Board has shamelessly asserted that counselors who help clients overcome their unwanted sexual desires are providing a service that “does not work and can cause harm.  It is a well documented fact that the very opposite is true! Not only is change, healing, and wholeness in the area of our sexuality possible, but many successful outcomes of such counseling have been documented.  

To suggest that biologically-affirming counseling does not work is an insult to the countless people whose lives have been transformed through conversation-based counseling that helps a person address the underlying issues. The Changed movement - a growing group of transformed individuals who used to identify as LGBTQ - provides conclusive proof of the transformative power of faith-and-science-based counseling that is helping so many people walk away from feelings and identifications from which they seek to be free.  The Board members’ personal ideological biases against biologically-affirming and faith-based counseling should not be a valid basis for denying it to patients who are seeking it, or for punishing licensed counselors who are called to compassionately help them find it.
I entreat you to consider fact and evidence instead of politically driven feelings as you move forward.  Thanks for considering this point of w=view.

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