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Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex… Right?

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I’m no mathematician, but the other day I was reading something about mental health statistics and it lead me to a booklet called “Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex.”   Most of the info is cut n’ dry, the dos and don’ts of therapy conduct:

Dear Reader:
As a reader of “Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex,” you may be a California consumer concerned about the conduct of your therapist. You may be a licensed therapist, or training to become a therapist. In any case, it’s good to know more about the high standards of professional conduct expected – and required — in the therapy relationship

Then something caught my eye on page 22.  It gave a percentage Professional Therapists who have had sex with clients.  This is where my math skills were called into question.  The report, from the horse’s mouth, is that an estimated 10% of all Counselors to Psychologists have offended and many, more than once.

A national study revealed that probably fewer than 10 percent of all therapists have had sexual contact with their patients and that 80 percent of the sexually exploiting therapists have exploited more than one patient. If a therapist is sexually exploiting a patient, they have probably done so before and are likely to do so again. (Page 22)

Then it linked to the Occupational Information included in the Handbook where I found the stats of 2008.  I added up the numbers and came up with a total of Counselors / Therapists / Psychologists in 2008 breaking the carnal rule of having sexual contact with people that are trusting them and seeking help at 10% — or —  167,130 professionals doing the nasty with clients. (Psychological Disorder)

Am I wrong in thinking that 10% is way too many of our poor peers suffering extra at the hands of some “unprofessional” professionals?!

Occupational Title 2008
Counselors 665500
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors 86100
Educational, vocational, and school counselors 275800
Marriage and family therapists 27300
Mental health counselors 113300
Rehabilitation counselors 129500
Counselors, all other 33400
Psychologists 170200
Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists 152000
Industrial-organizational psychologists 2300
Psychologists, all other 15900
Total Counselors / Therapists / Psychologists in 2008 1671300
Estamated number of therapists have 10.00%
had sexual contact with their patients 1671300

NOTE: Data in this table are rounded and from 2008, actual numbers are, no doubt, higher.  I’m using the data to make a point that 1 peer being abused by their therapist is 1 too many.  See the discussion of the employment projections table in the Handbook introductory chapter on Occupational Information Included in the Handbook.  (data: and





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Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex… Right?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2012). Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex… Right?. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 11, 2020, from


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