Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Psychology
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3/20/19  11:21 am
Commenter: Sabina

Please Ban Conversion Therapy

Please ban conversion therapy. Conversion therapy does not help youth- it harms them into thinking they are not okay the way they are, and worsens the already rampant problem of LGBTQ youth having huge risks for mental health conditions. LGBTQ youth already have disproportionately high rates of suicide, along with depression and substance abuse, due to the messaging they receive from society and sometimes from their own families that there is something wrong with them being who they are. Please do not allow trusted therapists to worsen this problem by sanctioning these practices which compound the harm. 

Even if you believe that there is actually something wrong with LGBTQ people (which you shouldn't), there is absolutely no scientific evidence that this can be "cured" by conversion therapy. These practices do nothing but harm and do not even accomplish the goal they seek out to meet. 

Please let science, and compassion, guide your choice and ban conversion therapy.

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