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Wacky sex therapy
Shrink’s hubby slept with patient
By Kay Dibben
August 15, 2020

A PSYCHIATRIST who treated a female patient with sexual anxiety by getting her to have sex with her own husband — while she watched — has been fined $25,000.

The doctor and her husband also had sex in front of the patient during the highly unconventional “sex therapy”, a tribunal heard.

The patient had previously lived with the psychiatrist and her husband as an au pair, and the two women later became friends.

But it was during a therapeutic relationship, while the psychiatrist was providing the woman with prescriptions for depression, that the patient told of her sexual anxiety.

The psychiatrist offered the woman a choice of seeing a counsellor, her providing the woman with advice or the patient practising various sexual activities with the doctor’s husband. The patient chose the third option and the psychiatrist provided her with what she described as “sex therapy”, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard.

The patient and the doctor’s husband then engaged in various types of sexual activity, from holding hands to sexual intercourse.

It all went on while the doctor, 44, watched, providing the patient with reassurance if necessary, the tribunal heard.

The doctor and her husband also had sex in front of the patient as a “demonstration”, the tribunal heard.

The doctor had not thought she was in a professional relationship when she offered her friend the sex therapy, thinking she was just helping a friend.

But the tribunal said as she was prescribing medication for the woman, she should have considered her as a patient when she asked her for advice about mental health issues.

The tribunal found the psychiatrist crossed professional boundaries, engaging in potentially exploitative conduct that could have caused psychological harm.

The inappropriate therapy she provided did not meet accepted professional standards. did not help the patient and was not good medical care, the tribunal said. On August 11, the doctor was reprimanded and ordered to pay $25,000 to the Health Ombudsman.