Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Psychology
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3/19/19  7:15 pm
Commenter: WD

religious counseling is not the same as licensed medicine

Citizens expect medical professionals like psychologists to provide treatments vetted by licensing organizations and their peers in the medical profession. According to The Lancet, conversion therapy “is not condoned by any mainstream US psychiatric, paediatric, or psychological associations” and can be harmful to patients (2015). Someone I knew had such treatment and it was harrowing for him and did not change his sexuality. He was an adult, but adolescents subjected to such approaches may have no say in the matter, forcing them into a situation in which they are risking a potentially harmful treatment against their will. If people wish to seek religious counsel from a minister, priest, rabbi, imam, or other religious professional about their sexuality or gender or direct their children to do so, that is their decision, but those services should be clearly labeled as such and not provided under the guise of licensed medicine. The article referenced above can be found at




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