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Confronting Therapy's Ultimate Ethical Violation

A Therapist's Cautionary Tale on Breaching Sexual Boundaries

Susan Rowan • 12/24/2014

I doubt that I would fit many people's image of a therapist who would violate sexual boundaries with a client. On the day I first met Cara, I was a well-respected social worker at a venerable psychiatric hospital in the Midwest. I viewed myself as a caring and conscientious professional. Yet, over the course of two years, I progressed from sympathizing with Cara, to over-sympathizing with her, buying her groceries, paying her rent and, finally, sleeping with her. At first, I did not think I was doing anything harmful. But my previous dedication to all my clients became an obsession with one.

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The Slippery Slope

Violating the Ultimate Therapeutic Taboo

Susan Rowan • 9/16/2014


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Violating the Ultimate Therapeutic Taboo

Susan Rowan • 3/2/2002

I doubt that I would fit many people's image of a therapist who would violate sexual boundaries with a client. Before it happened, I certainly did not fit my own. On the day I first met Cara, I was a well-respected social worker at a venerable psychiatric hospital in the Midwest. I viewed myself as a caring and conscientious professional. Yet, over the course of two years, I progressed from sympathizing with Cara, to over-sympathizing with her, buying her groceries, paying her rent and, finally, sleeping with her.

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Confronting Therapy's Ultimate Ethical Violation

A Therapist's Cautionary Tale on Breaching Sexual Boundaries

Susan Rowan • 12/24/2014

I doubt that I would fit many people's image of a therapist who would violate sexual boundaries with a client. On the day I first met Cara, I was a well-respected social worker at a venerable psychiatric hospital in the Midwest. I viewed myself as a caring and conscientious professional. Yet, over the course of two years, I progressed from sympathizing with Cara, to over-sympathizing with her, buying her groceries, paying her rent and, finally, sleeping with her. At first, I did not think I was doing anything harmful. But my previous dedication to all my clients became an obsession with one.

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The Slippery Slope

Violating the Ultimate Therapeutic Taboo

Susan Rowan • 9/16/2014


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The Slippery Slope

Violating the Ultimate Therapeutic Taboo

Susan Rowan • 3/2/2002

I doubt that I would fit many people's image of a therapist who would violate sexual boundaries with a client. Before it happened, I certainly did not fit my own. On the day I first met Cara, I was a well-respected social worker at a venerable psychiatric hospital in the Midwest. I viewed myself as a caring and conscientious professional. Yet, over the course of two years, I progressed from sympathizing with Cara, to over-sympathizing with her, buying her groceries, paying her rent and, finally, sleeping with her.

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"Susan Rowan" is the pseudonym of an experienced licensed clinical social worker in her mid-forties. She works with the severely mentally ill in a community mental health center.