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  9:15 pm
Commenter: P Pacheco

Don’t restrict counseling services

Please allow people to seek the treatment that is right for them - including counseling for unwanted sexual attraction. 

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 overcomers 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.  Please don’t deny counseling to patients who are seeking it, or for punishing licensed counselors who are called to compassionately help them.

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