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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8/5/19  10:07 am
Commenter: James White

Opposed to the Ban

I am writing in opposition to the proposed regulatory ban on Counselors.  A primary role of the counselor is to help the individual work through the issues they bring to the counselor.  The Counselor has no right whatsoever to simply impose on the counselee an agenda that disregards the individuals wishes.  In cases where the counselee is struggling with unwanted sexual attractions the Counselor must respect this and aide the counselee in working through these unwanted desires by affirming the person in regard to their God-given biological attributes.  To do otherwise is an outrageous abuse of privilege by the counselor and borders on an agenda which clearly represents a gender-based manipulation; it is by no means proper counselling.

Furthermore, credentialed Counselors who properly aide such an individual should not be punished or be banned from counselling as they are actually functioning in a manner consistent with the primary purpose of a counselor; i.e. to aide the individual.  It is a totalitarian mindset and completely unbecoming of our great Republic to suggest that Counselors are acting inappropriately by helping an individual work through unwanted sexual attractions by affirming the individual's God-given biology when that is precisely what the individual has asked for.

In summary, I am in opposition to this ban.


James White


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