I am writing in support of this petition. As an MFT graduate student, and as someone who will in the near future be in the licensure process. I believe this adaptation will be more congruent with other Mental Heath professionals that practice in the state of Virginia, as well as better acknowledge the breadth and depth of the work MFTs so as systemic thinkers and practitioners. This adaptation and adjustment I believe will allow MFTs to be of better service to their community when the hours restriction is less rigid and is more on par with other practitioners in the field. MFTs provide a unique skill set in the mental health profession, and I believe this adjustment will allow for more growth within the MFT community and allows for a more holistic approach to our work. Thank you for considering this change and petition.