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 if 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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