Freedom of speech for counselors
Although I believe the Board is intending to act in the best interest of Virginians, government censorship of speech is not only chillingly reminiscent of totalitarian governments, it is blatantly unconstitutional. Licensed counselors do not lose their constitutional guarantee of free speech to the Board. Such a Draconian measure to ensure conformity to one ideology does not advance scientific knowledge. It prevents counselors from addressing the needs presented by their patients and therefore prevents the best care for all.
Individuals and, in the case of minors, parents are quite well equipped to find counselors that meet their needs without government censorship. The Board is tasked to promote safety. Censorship most certainly does not!