Therapist dating former patient
They may be bingeing and purging, abusing drugs and alcohol, or engaging in other behaviors that can destroy health and sometimes be fatal.The therapeutic relationship is a special one, characterized by exceptional vulnerability and trust.They were surprised at the number of participants in their samples who had engaged in sex with therapists.The extensive data that Masters and Johnson collected on each participant allowed them to compare the consequences of sex with a therapist to the consequences of other events such as consensual sexual relationships with a spouse or life-partner, consensual sex occurring outside long-term relationships, and various forms of rape, incest, and abuse.
About 10% had experienced rape prior to sexual involvement with the therapist, and about a third had experienced incest or other child sex abuse.
Pope Abstract: Sex between therapists and clients has emerged as a significant phenomenon, one that the profession has not adequately acknowledged or addressed.
Extensive research has led to recognition of the extensive harm that therapist-client sex can produce.
While the scientific and professional literature had contained carefully documented individual case studies and theoretical papers describing the harm that therapist-patient sex could cause, larger scale studies began to emerge in the 1960s and 70s.
William Masters and Virginia Johnson, for example, gathered data from many research participants for their 1966 report .They may be unhappy in their work or relationships, and not know how to bring about change.