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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8/2/19  9:40 am
Commenter: Audrey Stout

Proposed regulations are most intolerant of faith and counselors freedom of speech

It is most distressing to find the Virginia Board of Counseling continues moving forward with its new Guidance document which attempts to silence both the desires  of counselees who want help to be free of unwanted sexual feelings and identifications and their chosen counselors to help them. This goes against free speech and attempts to force counselors to abandon their beliefs which may be based upon their faith and teachings of the Bible upon which their faith is built. It is not cruel and unloving, but compassionate for those suffering and seeking help. Please do not allow ideological biases of the Board's become a valid basis of denying biologically-affirming and faith-based counseling for patients who seek it. 

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