Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Psychology
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3/19/19  3:31 pm
Commenter: Carla Herrmann

Why limit all counselors to one script?

The problem with banning the free speech and/or faith based narrative of counselors is that you seem to think that everyone who seeks counseling is not capable of having individual thoughts of their own.  Not everyone will respond to the same kind of counseling or treatment. There must be options.  There is nothing that says that an individual cannot change counselors if they do not feel like they are getting the treatment they desire. But there are also patients that absolutely need and want a counselor who will help them overcome unwanted same sex attractions or gender dysphoria. How can you ban them from having this option?

The health regulatory boards have labeled the practice of helping someone overcome unwanted same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria as “conversion therapy,” when in reality it should more rightly be characterized as “Biological Affirmation Counseling.” 

Please do not limit counselors and clergy from treating people with the help and guidance they are seeking. Please do not try to take away the rights of free speech for those who are counselors.

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