Married psychiatrist who encouraged a patient to have sex with her husband while watching to heal her client’s ‘sexual anxiety’ is fined
- The psychiatrist is fined $ 25,000 by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
- She had a patient sex with her husband in front of the doctor because of sexual anxiety
- She and her husband even performed “demonstrations” while the patient watched
A psychiatrist was fined $ 25,000 after encouraging a client to have sex with her husband while she watched.
The patient was being treated for depression when she raised her sexual anxiety problems in 2013.
Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard the psychiatrist gave the woman three treatment options.
This included seeing a counselor, getting advice, or engaging in sexual activities with the psychiatrist’s husband.
A psychiatrist was fined $ 25,000 after encouraging a patient to have sex with her husband (stock)
The woman, who previously lived and worked with the couple as an au pair, chose the third option ‘sex therapy’.
The patient and the psychiatrist’s husband began to hold hands before intercourse while the medical professional watched, the tribunal heard.
Next, the psychiatrist and her husband conducted “demonstrations” while the patient watched.
“The respondent saw her actions as helping a friend,” the tribunal documents read.
Because she did not see at the time that she was acting professionally, she did not approach the matter in a properly professional manner, as she now accepts.
‘She has already imposed a considerable restriction on herself in her practice and has sought and received psychiatric care.’
The woman, who has previously lived and worked with the couple as an au pair, opted for the third option of ‘sex therapy’ (stock image)
However, the tribunal argued that she should have considered the woman a patient as she was prescribing medication.
The tribunal found that the psychiatrist, who has worked in the medical field since 1998, was crossing professional boundaries and not helping the patient.
The psychiatrist was fined $ 25,000 and her practice was restricted.
She has also seen a psychiatrist since she recommended this treatment.