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  11:09 pm
Commenter: Cynthia Phillips

Please retain counseling choices for vulnerable youth

There are so many inspiring stories of people whose lives have been have transformed  through biologically affirming conversion-based counseling.  Freedom to receive counseling for vulnerable youth who are often confused and exploring their identity is essential.  To ban any type of counseling would deny individual freedoms.  Conversion-based counseling is certainly appropriate and necessary for the person who is seeking to change.  It does not and should not include condemnation in order to have a positive outcome.  Pursuing change through counseling can lead to self awareness, self acceptance, and a way to look at past experiences in a healthy and healing manner.  Please do not ban this highly effective and needed counseling. 

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