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I’m told it’s rare, but I haven’t seen any data. Here’s a quote from a NY Times article way back in 1983: – Although precise numbers are unobtainable, it appears that a few psychiatrists are murdered by patients each year. In a six-week period in the summer of 1981, four psychiatrists, one each in Massachusetts, [...]

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Found an entire blog devoted to reporting the sexual misconduct of therapists.  I’m left with that dirty feeling I got as a kid, after spending an afternoon reading my sisters True Crime magazines.  It’s one area in which growing public awareness of this danger no doubt helps police our profession… and probably also discourages people [...]

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I first trained in the 70′s, and I must say it was the Wild West.  Here’s a great example from a blog called “Neatorama,” of a psychologist who “pioneered” therapy without your clothes on. Never really caught on. In the 1960s (of course), psychologist Paul Bindrim, building upon the work of Abraham Maslow, invented a [...]

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I treated a man for 10 years.  Ten.  Years.  He had an attachment disorder, horrifically deprived as a child, and dissociated into a “spiritual bypass” state of Buddha-like sweet, calm, not-entirely-there loveability.  He was a genius, and it often worked in getting him what he wanted.  But as we worked he was increasingly able to [...]

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Really? Here’s a link to a discussion a woman started after her former therapist sent her a friend request on Facebook. She accepted, and then felt worried about it, realizing that she wishes she hadn’t. This made me laugh at first until I started to think about how low the standards sometimes are for the [...]

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I just spent a disturbing and engaging half hour reviewing the latest edition of The Therapist, the publication of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (www.camft.org). They devote an entire section to detailed descriptions of the ways that California MFTs got themselves into hot water last month. Two fellows, for example, thought it [...]

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Long before the 50-minute hour (which Anna Freud devised to fit more patients into her father’s schedule), Asclepiades set up a private practice in Rome. It was around 100 BCE, and he annoyed all the other physicians by departing from medical standards and prescribing catharsis and exercise for depression, and wine and a hot bath [...]

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