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Why Sexual Contact Between Therapist and Client is Unethical in Psychotherapy

Dr Godela von Kirchbach , Dr Wilfried Peinhaupt

"90% of psychotherapists eventually fall in love with patients and 10 % initiate sexual contact, often repeatedly. These 10% behave highly unethically because they do great damage to clients and the psychotherapeutic profession." Psychotherapy is done in the framework of a contract that regulates the rights and duties of both sides and allows the patient to trust that for payment he will receive professional and disinterested help for his problems. But the therapeutic relationship is asymmetrical as far as risk and power are concerned. So it is of vital importance that a relationship of trust is established. According to scientific research this is the main agent in any psychotherapy and lies exclusively in the responsibility of the therapist. Sexual contact alters the relationship fundamentally, makes it unsuited for therapy and constitutes a breach of contract.  

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7th World Congress on Psychotherapy
25-29 August 2014, Durban, South Africa
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Dr Godela von Kirchbach

Psychotherapist, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria.

Dr Wilfried Peinhaupt

Psychotherapist and Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapeutic Liaison service, Otto Wagner Hospital, Vienna, Austria. 

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