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  4:51 pm
Commenter: Richard Keeler, M.D., M.P.H

Restrictions on Counselors

      I am a retired physician who is aware of the tremendous value counselors provide for people with a variety of problems.  I strongly disagree with any interference of or proposed punishment of any licensed counselor who would try to help a  person overcome their unwanted sexual attractions or to feel comfortable with the gender God created them to be.

      To interfere with or punish any counselor who is willing to help some one deal with unwanted emotions or feelings is wrong.  Counselors are trained to help people deal with whatever problems they face.  I trust no steps will be taken to interfere with the counselor/counselee relationship.

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