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3/19/19  11:40 pm
Commenter: John Harrichand, Assistant Professor of Counselor Education

Supporting VA Conversion Therapy Ban

I, John Harrichand, Ph.D., LPC(VA), NCC, CCC would like to inform members of the VA legislature of my support for the Conversion Therapy Ban. As a mental health professional, I have witnessed the effects of Conversion Thearpy on the college students I worked with during my time in Virginia. Conversion Therapy leaves its victims in a state is confusion, and inflicts emotional pain that results in anger and sadness being turned inwards further harming the individual who experiences the effects of Conversion Therapy. I strongly believe that ban will provide the needed resources for members of the public who are unable to stand up for their rights and provide them the support to live authentically. I also believe that the ban will result in bringing mental health professionals who practice this harmful version of "therapy" to justice. 

Kindly let me know if you need further support of the Conversion Therapy ban and I will be happy to provide it.

Warm regards, 

Dr. Harrichand 

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