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  6:06 pm
Commenter: Frederick Michael Decker

Government should stay out of the Counselling business!

Dear fellow citizen:  I am a long time resident of the Dominion of Virginia, which has just celebrated over 400 years of self government.  It is also the home to Patrick Henry, whose words "Give me liberty or give me death"  have been immortalized!  I oppose any government statute which would limit the decisions that a parent has to make for their minor children, or that a citizen has to make for themselves.  The measure being proposed would take away choices for therapy concerning how parent would want their children counselled or over which a citizen would choose for themselves.  Gender dysphoria is a real condition which can be treated successfully, most children with this condition grow out of it up to 90%!  Those left untreated who want treatment are at a high risk for suicide, 40 times higher than peers who are not so afflicted.  Those untreated that go on to sex change therapy, still have a condition which is not treated and are still at the same risk for suicide.  would we deny treatment for any other illness that ends so tragically?  Please do not ban or limit the freedom of Doctors who could help to those who have a serious condition!  Thank-you.  

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