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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8/3/19  8:20 am
Commenter: Sara Miller

"No" to Regulation Regarding Sexual Orientation and/or Gender

This regulation directly infringes on the counselor, the child and their family's freedom of choice to pursue the counseling that best fits their needs. This policy shamelessly declares, in essence: ‘No, you can’t change – not even if you want to. What you feel is the essence of who you are. Accept it, embrace it, and don’t let anyone help you see a better way for your life – especially those people who may actually know what they’re talking about. And by the way, not only are you incapable of – and now prohibited from – changing, but there’s not a thing wrong with you. You’re perfect just the way you are. And since perfect people don’t need fixing, any effort to help you do so is futile and actually harmful to you.’ This policy is not in the best interest of the child and their family. Government should not force a "one size fits all" regulation/answer for counseling children in sexual and/or gender orientation. That is harmful and defies logic. 

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