They may engage in demeaning, degrading, joyless, painful, harmful, or dangerous sexual activities that seem to express the conviction: A second approach is to obtain anonymous reports from therapists about whether they have or have not been sexually involved with clients. Extensive research has led to recognition of the extensive harm that therapist-client sex can produce. Emptiness and Isolation People who have been sexually involved with a therapist may experience a subsequent sense of emptiness, as if their sense of self had been hollowed out, permanently taken away from them. She reported consequences among the sample of women whom she studied including severe depression and suicide. Similarly, some battered women will desperately want to escape to safety but also feel an overwhelming impulse to submit to the batterer, to take all blame upon themselves, and to keep the battering secret from all others. The health care professions at their earliest beginnings recognized the harm that could result from sexual involvement with patients. They may try to prevent the therapist from abusing other patients by filing formal complaints with professional ethics committees, the hospital or clinic if any employing the therapist, and licensing agencies, in part to see if to what degree these organizations are serious about protecting patients from abuse. Especially when the patient is experiencing feelings of emptiness and isolation, the specific sexual activities previously experienced with the exploitive therapist--often re-enacted in the midst of flashbacks--may represent an attempt to fill up the self and break through the isolation.
The almost universal expression of guilt and shame expressed by women who have been sexually involved with their therapists is a testament to the power of this conditioning" p. They may be bingeing and purging, abusing drugs and alcohol, or engaging in other behaviors that can destroy health and sometimes be fatal. Similarly, some battered women will desperately want to escape to safety but also feel an overwhelming impulse to submit to the batterer, to take all blame upon themselves, and to keep the battering secret from all others. Each method of study has strengths and weaknesses, but in each, the number of male offenders exceeds the number of female offenders and the number of female victims exceeds the number of male victims, even after the over-all proportions of male and female therapists and of male and female clients have been taken into account. They trust that the professional will not take advantage of them or abuse them, sexually or otherwise, during this process. Cognitive dysfunction can involve interrupting the flow of experience with unbidden thoughts, intrusive images, etc. Incest survivors, for example, may experience contradictory impulses to flee the abusive parent, and yet also to cling to and protect that same parent. A second approach is to obtain anonymous reports from therapists about whether they have or have not been sexually involved with clients. They may try to prevent the therapist from abusing other patients by filing formal complaints with professional ethics committees, the hospital or clinic if any employing the therapist, and licensing agencies, in part to see if to what degree these organizations are serious about protecting patients from abuse. Unfortunately, the harm as well as the benefits that therapy brings about can be long-term. Some may use intimidation, coercion, or even force and violence to ensure that a patient will suppress anger rather than feel and express it directly. He wrote that "talking therapy" was "comparable to a surgical operation. The roles and boundaries that people use to define, mediate, and protect the self may become not only useless for the patient but also self-defeating and self-destructive. For some female clients who identified themselves as heterosexual before they were involved sexually with female therapists, there tended to be significant confusion over their 'true' sexual orientation. Pope and Vetter published a national study of patients who had been sexually involved with a therapist. Emotional Lability Emotional lability reflects the severe disruption of the person's characteristic ways of feeling in a way that is similar to cognitive dysfunction reflecting the severe disruption of the person's characteristic ways of thinking. They trust therapists to avoid any exploitation or abuse during the process. During her subsequent therapy she would sit in silence for long periods of time, terrified to say anything, finally whispering something along the lines of, "You're angry at me, aren't you. It is the therapist who is licensed by the state in recognition of the need to protect patients from unethical, unscrupulous, and harmful practices, and it is the licensing boards and regulations that clearly charge therapists with refraining from this form of behavior that can place patients at risk for pervasive harm. It is the therapist who has been taught, from the earliest days of training, that engaging in sex with patients is prohibited, no matter what the rationale. The sense of emptiness is often accompanied by a sense of isolation, as if they were no longer members of society, cut off forever from feeling a social bond with other people. Therapy may rest on a foundation of exceptional trust. They may be unhappy in their work or relationships, and not know how to bring about change. People may walk into the offices of complete strangers and, if the stranger is a therapist, begin talking about thoughts, feelings, and impulses that they would reveal literally to no one else. For still other patients, sex becomes associated with feelings of irrational guilt. They may wish to break the taboo of silence that the therapist has imposed, to speak out truthfully about what has happened to them. Caught between two sets of conflicting impulses, those suffering this consequence may find themselves psychologically paralyzed, unable to make much progress in either direction.
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