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  1:33 pm
Commenter: Mark L Sensabaugh

Are we losing the value of honoring client's right to determine their desire for counseling?

I can see the inappropriateness of a counselor imposing their views on an individual.  I can also understand that a counselor can't change someone's identified sexual orientation.

But if contributors to client sexual orientation may be to experienced hurts that contribute to attachment to the same gender and they are wanting to explore whether healing of those hurts change anything about their level of sexual attraction.  Why would a client not be allowed to explore this?   Isn't this a reverse discrimination to client centered counseling?

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