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  8:35 am
Commenter: Sarah Lam

keep freedom to help people change

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.

Change, healing, and wholeness in the area of sexuality is possible, and I personally have seen it happen concerning one person.  There are many others I have heard of, who have changed.

Neither the Board of Counseling, nor any other governing power, should have the right to tell any person that they are not allowed to change, or that no one is allowed to help a person change who wants to.

If a person who had a compulsion to steal went to a licensed counselor to help them be free of this condition, would you punish a counselor for helping someone overcome it?  Would you punish the person for wanting to change? That person does not want to be “helped to accept their condition” - they want to change. Picking out any condition that someone wants to change and saying that a counselor is not allowed to help is totally hypocritical and unfair to the person seeking help.   

Counseling does work, without causing harm, and sets people free from unwanted sexual desires.

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