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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8/4/19  4:04 pm
Commenter: Daniel J Ayre

Not your job to prevent individuals from getting desired help

I find it frankly outrageous that the Board deems it appropriate to regulate against the ability of private individuals to obtain therapeutic help from willing and qualified providers in order to overcome unwanted desires and behaviors.  Contrary to your findings, such therapy exists, is effective, and is transformational.  This is not just an assertion - it is proven by the many people who have experienced it.  The Board's planned regulations are an insult to these citizens, and to all who would access such services.  The Guidance Document as currently planned is clearly driven by a blind ideological objective unfettered by concerns for truth or the welfare of Virginia citizens.  I strongly urge you to reverse course.

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