State Policy Brief: Counseling Bans

Family Research Council opposes counseling bans. As America’s youth grapple with confusion and distress related to same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria, the therapy they need is being outlawed. Counseling bans harm individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria by restricting how licensed mental health care professionals can counsel them and by imposing penalties on said professionals in the event that they fail to comply.

Key Points:

  • Most counseling bans pertain to both sexual orientation and gender identity, effectively mandating that mental health care professionals use a “gender-affirming” model of care with their clients.
  • Counseling bans restrict mental health care professionals and patients from engaging in therapy consistent with their sincerely-held religious beliefs and worldview.
  • Counseling bans currently restrict mental health professional and patient rights in nearly half of our nation’s states.

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