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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8/3/19  4:40 pm
Commenter: Deborah DeLois

Keep Parental Rights and a Person's Right to Choose Therapy

In no way should a person be forced to undergo any type of therapy that they do not or did not choose. I agree that this is harmful and dangerous. However, if a person wants to choose conversion therapy, why should they not have this choice? If a person was forced to undergo conversion therapy, then of course it was harmful for them and most likely dangerous. Why not study this further? There are those who have benefited. Have you interviewed them?

A law to ban conversion therapy sounds political and draconian. Also, studies have shown that our brains do not fully mature until the age of 25 years. Thus, parents should have the right to make decisions for their young children. A child who is three, five, or ten years of age, should not be allowed to decide his/her sexual orientation. This should be left to their parents; not in a harsh manner, but thoughtfully. This also sounds like a way to make an end-around those who have more conservative and moderate views. This would not be a decent law, therefore, I oppose any such law. Thank you. 

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