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  8:05 pm
Commenter: Sarah Bratt

No more harmful "therapy"

So-called “conversion therapy" is a dangerous and discredited practice aimed at changing sexual orientation or gender identity. These dangerous and discredited practices are based on the false claim that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) is a mental illness that needs to be cured—a view with no scientific basis. Proposed regulations protect young people from state-licensed therapists in Virginia who falsely claim to parents and youth that being LGBTQ is a mental illness, and therefore taking advantage of parents and harming vulnerable youth.
These harmful practices use rejection, shame, and psychological abuse to force young people to try and change who they are.
These practices are known to be extremely dangerous and can lead to depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, and even suicide attempts.
We can’t allow one more young person to be targeted and hurt by these dangerous and discredited practices

CommentID: 74764