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NZ: Don't trust counsellor says sexually exploited patient

Publish Date: 18 May 2011
Source: The Dominion Post
By: Kate Newton

A woman who was sexually exploited by her counsellor says the man's promise never to practise again should not be trusted.

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Tania Thomas found that the counsellor, now in his mid-70s, committed a "serious breach of trust in the client-counsellor relationship" when he initiated a sexual relationship with the woman sometime between 2003 and 2006.

The woman had been sexually and emotionally abused by her father in the past and a former psychologist had also initiated a sexual relationship with her when she was still in her teens.

She was "extremely emotionally vulnerable" and the counsellor had abused his power, Ms Thomas said.

Yesterday, the woman said she was unhappy that Ms Thomas had accepted the man's promise he would never practise again and was not referring him for further disciplinary action.

"He's been dishonest throughout. I don't have much trust that he isn't a continued risk to the public."

She still disputed his claim that the sexual relationship lasted only two months. In submissions to the commissioner's office, she said the relationship lasted at least three years, during which she was still seeing the man for counselling.

She had returned a cheque for $1680 from him, reimbursing her for four years of counselling sessions. "By accepting his cheque I would have been accepting his version of events."

She wanted her experience to be a cautionary tale for counsellors and their clients. "There were no signs there for me of anything untoward until his own relationship broke down.

"When there's a breakdown in their personal life that seems to be a risk factor. I've looked at past cases from the HDC and it just seems to keep popping up."


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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/5017013/Don-t-trust-counsellor-says-sexually-exploited-patient


Stop Demand makes the following comments - to raise awareness, educate and encourage critical analysis.

The woman had been sexually and emotionally abused by her father in the past...
When is New Zealand going to take steps to confront men in this country, for the appalling level of incest and familial sex abuse that in addition to shattering lives, so often leaves the child/adult vulnerable to further sexual exploitation by other predatory males?  As has occurred in this case -
... a former psychologist had also initiated a sexual relationship with her when she was still in her teens....
... sexually exploited by her counsellor.