Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
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4/17/19  5:38 am
Commenter: A Francis Guidarelli

Do not ban licensed professionals from providing reparative or "conversion" therapy to children

Parents are closest to their children.  Parents are in the best position to see the challenges their children face.  Parents are in the best position to identify solutions and to make healthcare decisions that involve their children's physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing.

Under Virginia law, parents have the fundamental right to make decisions regarding the upbringing, education, and care of their children.

Some young people may have attractions they desire to change or moderate.  Others may simply desire counseling to live a chaste life.  In either instance, there should be options for families to make informed decisions.

A ban would deny families the religious freedom to seek counseling aligned with their faith.

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