Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Psychology
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3/19/19  11:01 am
Commenter: Katharine Shaibani

attempt to ban conversion therapy

I strongly oppose Virginia's new effort to limit the free-speech rights of counselors through regulation. If a minor client is experiencing unwanted same-sex attractions, it is unethical to deny that child the help he or she wishes to obtain. There are many, many documented examples of successful therapy in these cases, and such care can be provided with sensitivity and kindness. Further, it is anti-science to deny biological gender, and it is unconstitutional to prohibit a counselor from voicing the advice he or she believes would best help the client. The regulations as proposed appear to me to amount to compelled speech—the government forcing counselors to voice only the government's point of view.  

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