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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8/7/19  1:49 pm
Commenter: Jacob Riley

Support for Banning Conversion Therapy

I do not currently live in Virginia, but I did during my time at Liberty University in Lynchburg, where my journey began.  I am a survivor of gay conversion therapy. This a discredited pseudoscience that no evidence of working. In fact, it actually does harm. It brings shame, self-hate, and trauma to those who have gone through it.  I know, because it happened to me. Years of thinking there is something "wrong" with me and that I was "lesser than" straight men made a lasting negative impact on my life. I am still working through this. It has greatly contributed to deep trouble in my relationships (romantic, friends, and family) and substance abuse.  No kid should be made to feel this way. Ever. It is dangerous.

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