The Denver City and County Building. (iStock)

The Denver City and County Building.

Denver's City Council will soon consider a ban on psychotherapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of minors.

Denver's Safety, Housing, Education and Homeless Committee voted Wednesday to send the proposal to the full council.

Psychology's governing bodies have denounced conversion therapy, which treats being gay or transgender as a mental illness. Research shows it can increase the risk of suicide, drug abuse and depression among teens.

Committee members say they would need to create a reporting and enforcement system for a ban. State-licensed practitioners found in violation would face fines.

9News has reported that Mayor Michael Hancock's office is unaware of anyone practicing conversion therapy in the city or county of Denver.

WATCH a 9News video report below.

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