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  2:50 pm
Commenter: Kenneth Ervin

Because a therapy is considered not politically correct doesn't mean it is wrong

It is improper for the state or any other government entity to with-hold counseling or therapy from children that can help them navigate through tough times that have been brought about by people who are more interested in "grooming" them for a life of sexual exploitation than for a life worth living.  Please pay attention to the explanation noted below, it is well written and explains my point of view on this important subject.


In approving its recent Guidance Document, the Board shamelessly asserted that counselors who help clients overcome their unwanted sexual desires are providing a service that “does not work and can cause harm.” Can you believe that? We know that the very opposite is true! Not only is change, healing, and wholeness in the area of our sexuality possible, but we’ve seen many inspiring success stories.

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. These Board members’ personal ideological biases against biologically-affirming and faith-based counseling should not be a valid basis for denying it to patients who are seeking it, or for punishing licensed counselors who are called to compassionately help them find it.

It is wrong headed to prohibit biologically-affirming and faith-based counseling to children and other people with concerns about their feelings.  Please reconsider your proposed ban on therapy that has proven effective for many people.  

Thank You

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