Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/9/19  7:28 pm
Commenter: Connie DesMarais

guidance on conversion therapy

Please DO NOT to punish licensed counselors for helping patients overcome their unwanted sexual feelings by affirming biological realities concerning male and female.
 Licensed counselors have a responsibility to speak honestly with their minor clients about life’s fundamental truths, and any state policies that compel them to repress those truths during counseling would lead to real ethical dilemmas, not to mention damage to those children.  
Clients should be able to go to a counselor that can help them in the way they want to be helped.  Why would you limit their options?  Let's be clear here - you have an agenda to silence a particular set of people and you are SO WRONG. 

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