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Posted by: Anon | 2010/07/16

therapy

Dear CS

If your therapist were to communicate sexual feelings toward you via email or SMS (as per previous queries), would this constitute professional misconduct?

Anon

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YES. I really think any competent and ethical shrink or other healh care practitioner would agree that this was unquestionably serious professional misconduct.
Anyone might experience some sexual feelings for someone else, especially in the special relationship of therapy - but they should deal with it according to professional norms, and should not at all communicate it to the patient in writing or other forms of messaging. On equestion would be - for whose benefit would he/she be communicating this to you ? There is no way in which this could be to your benefit.
Unless this is a minor feeling dealt with properly within therapy ( and that would be very difficult ) the therapist should rather have recognized that this was getting to a point hard for him / her to deal with properly and would impair his/her ability to be duly helpful to you, and should make arrangements for you to resume therapy with another therapist altogether. And probably for him/her to then see another shrink and discuss his/her problems with that other shrink, so that his/her problems of this nature shouldn't intrude into the therapy of others.

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Posted by: Maria | 2010/07/16

YES!

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/07/16

YES. I really think any competent and ethical shrink or other healh care practitioner would agree that this was unquestionably serious professional misconduct.
Anyone might experience some sexual feelings for someone else, especially in the special relationship of therapy - but they should deal with it according to professional norms, and should not at all communicate it to the patient in writing or other forms of messaging. On equestion would be - for whose benefit would he/she be communicating this to you ? There is no way in which this could be to your benefit.
Unless this is a minor feeling dealt with properly within therapy ( and that would be very difficult ) the therapist should rather have recognized that this was getting to a point hard for him / her to deal with properly and would impair his/her ability to be duly helpful to you, and should make arrangements for you to resume therapy with another therapist altogether. And probably for him/her to then see another shrink and discuss his/her problems with that other shrink, so that his/her problems of this nature shouldn't intrude into the therapy of others.

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