Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/9/19  8:39 pm
Commenter: Denise Lansdell

Please do not censor faith-based Counselors' free speech rights

Please do not punish licensed counselors for helping patients overcome their unwanted sexual feelings by affirming biological realities concerning males and females.

It is obvious you are attempting to overwhelm those opposed to this censorship by promulgating regulations on multiple fronts.  The intended goals of your combined regulatory actions are to promote the radical LGBTQ agenda and prevent minors and adolescents from being able to acquire the counseling they prefer to give them relief from unwanted sexual feelings.

One of the more alarming aspects put forward is creating a blatant double standard whereby counselors would be free to help minor clients explore and possibly cultivate same-sex feelings or even to “change” their gender, while simultaneously prohibiting them from helping minor clients flee from unwanted same-sex attractions and embrace natural sexual expressions and/or their true gender. Confusion is not the answer here.

And the consequence of violating this policy could be the state-imposed loss of their professional license? This is simply unacceptable. 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.

Clearly this Board has hostility towards counselors who uphold these natural, biological and/or Biblical viewpoints of human sexuality, and is perfectly willing to violate any and all free speech and conscience protections in order to suppress these deeply held beliefs.

Thank you for your serious consideration of this matter.


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