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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8/2/19  9:29 am
Commenter: Anne Freel

new Guidance Document

Your statement that counselors who help clients overcome their unwanted sexual desires are providing a service that “does not work and can cause harm” ~ is simply not true!  We know that the very opposite is true! Not only is change, healing, and wholeness in the area of our sexuality possible, but we’ve seen many inspiring success stories.  To suggest that biologically-affirming counseling does not work is an insult to the countless people whose lives have been transformed through conversation-based counseling that helps a person address the underlying issues. The Changed movement - a growing group of overcomers who used to identify as LGBTQ - provides conclusive proof of the transformative power of faith-and-science-based counseling that is helping so many people walk away from feelings and identifications from which they seek to be free.  Respect the RIGHTS of counselors and patients to decide!

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