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  1:33 pm
Commenter: Patti Hardy efforts of unelected officials to bypass the General Assembly with unconstitutional proposal

Unflinchingly reject this sweeping proposal by unelected governor-appointed officials that undermines the fundamental rights of parents, who are closest to their children's challenges.  The proposed ban would deny families the freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith and reason.  Some young people may have attractions they desire to change or moderate. Others may simply desire guidance from a counselor to live a chaste life. In any instance, there should be options for families to make informed decisions. Licensed professionals with years of education and experience should not be removed from the process of helping children work through these sensitive and deeply personal issues.   What happened to freedom of speech, of thought, of reasoned civil discourse?    Thousands upon thousands of young people are now being shuffled through "gender reassignment" each day, injected with hormones and puberty blockers, pushed into plastic surgery after plastic surgery, and encouraged to cut all ties with family and friends who do not fully support their "transition".  "Live and Let Live" has become a hard pill to swallow.       There is a tremendous amount of suffering out there over this issue.  Lives and families are being destroyed.  While there is no doubt that some people are suffering with gender dysphoria, society's newfound response comes at a dangerous price to both the individual and society.



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