Su Su Maung, LMFT 
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Re: “Oakland Counseling Guru Accused of Sexual Assault

There should never be sex between therapist and client, and not between supervisor and intern/student. Period. Very clear line. Because there is an inherent power differential in those relationships.

Both student/intern and client depend and rely on the therapist/supervisor to know better, as the professional and teacher. If the person who is supposed to know better doesn't know to respect the boundaries, how can you expect those asking assistance for it will know where those boundaries may be?

I am a therapist. I will never ever, ever have sex or even friendships with my clients. I may hang out with my interns but will never ever cross the line to intimacy.

It's not because I'm not open or liberal minded or sex positive. I've worked with many who live alternative lifestyles with their sexuality and understand everyone has a right to prescribe their own comfort level and how they relate to their bodies. But I will never ever cross that line because then it's not about them anymore once I've become involved. And as clients or interns/students, it should be about them when the therapist is working with them.

What this guy did is absolutely wrong, especially because he did this with a vulnerable group of people. People trusted him. He should never take that lightly and abuse it. There is no "I didn't know". As an ethical professional, it is his duty to check and consult before ever proceeding with any interventions to make sure it not only helps but also does not harm to the other parties. I'm appalled by what he did and saddened for those who had to experience it all.

Posted by Su Su Maung, LMFT on 12/15/2017 at 10:18 AM

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