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  8:58 pm
Commenter: Stephen S. Renalds

Ban Conversion Therapy??

Ban conversion therapy???  Why? What's wrong with people exercising their RIGHT to to seek therapy - for anything?  at any age?

It is the RIGHT of parents to seek whatever help their child needs. No one should tell them otherwise, no matter what others think about conversion therapy.

It is the RIGHT of counselors, pastors, Christian teachers and  friends to offer Christian guidance to anyone seeking it - of any age.

Even if only a few people seek, and are helped by conversion therapy, it is worth it to them. But, there are many already seeking it and receiving wonderful help and guidance.  To say that such therapy is dangerous is ridiculous. 

Suppose we were to adopt a policy that no one could serve in a governmental agency, such as yours, simply because they believe that homosexuality is good, or that transvestites are wonderful. No. This would be unfair.

Likewise, to say that someone seeking counseling, as they have for centuries - worldwide - can't have it, simply because of their beliefs, is tremendously unfair.

Forget this "ban" stuff, and let people live by their own beliefs and seek their own solutions for life's problems!

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