Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Psychology
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3/20/19  9:44 am
Commenter: Melissa Benn, DC Rollergirls

Ban Harmful Conversion "Therapy"

“Conversion therapy" is a dangerous and discredited practice based on the false claim that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) is a mental illness that needs to be cured—a view with no scientific basis. State-licensed therapists in Virginia who falsely claim to parents and youth that being LGBTQ is a mental illness should be disbarred. They take advantage of parents and harm vulnerable youth. These harmful practices use rejection, shame, and psychological abuse to force young people to try and change who they are. These practices are known to be extremely dangerous and can lead to depression, decreased self-esteem, substance abuse, and even suicide attempts. No young person should ever be shamed by a mental health professional into thinking that who they are is wrong. Mental health professionals should provide care that is ethical and affirming for everyone. We can’t allow one more young person to be targeted and hurt by these dangerous and discredited practices. Ban conversion therapy in Virginia. 

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