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Psychologist who lay naked with his client and suggested THREESOME has his license cancelled 

A psychologist who engaged in sexual conduct with a female client in her home has had his registration to practice cancelled.

Paul Joseph, also known as Paora Joseph, a psychologist from Whangarei, New Zealand was accused of sexual misconduct for one or more therapy sessions with a female client.

Mr Joseph is said to have lain naked with the client and suggested that she and her flatmate should have a threesome with him. 

Psychologist, Paul Joseph will have his registration cancelled after he engaged in sexual conduct with a female client in her home. Pictured: psychologist stock image

Psychologist, Paul Joseph will have his registration cancelled after he engaged in sexual conduct with a female client in her home. Pictured: psychologist stock image

Psychologist, Paul Joseph will have his registration cancelled after he engaged in sexual conduct with a female client in her home. Pictured: psychologist stock image

He faces charges for engaging in sexual conduct with the woman in her home, taking advantage of the client’s vulnerable mental state.

According to the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, the incidents took place from 2004-2005.

He denied all charges, according to the NZ Herald.

However, evidence brought forward during the four-day hearing in December 2020 suggested otherwise.

‘The tribunal is satisfied that Mr Joseph engaged in this conduct with [the patient] when he knew or ought to have known by virtue of the current and past therapeutic relationship with [her], that she was vulnerable at the time he encouraged and engaged in sexual intimacy with her,’ the decision said.

‘In acting in the manner established in the charge, Mr Joseph abused his position of power and trust and breached his professional and ethical obligations as a registered psychologist.’

Mr Joseph suggested the woman and her flatmate have a threesome and would lay naked with his client during sessions. Pictured: psychologist stock image

Mr Joseph suggested the woman and her flatmate have a threesome and would lay naked with his client during sessions. Pictured: psychologist stock image

Mr Joseph suggested the woman and her flatmate have a threesome and would lay naked with his client during sessions. Pictured: psychologist stock image

Mr Joseph’s conduct was branded ‘seriously below’ the standards of a registered psychologist.

The decision described it as ‘immoral and unethical’ and ‘serious neglect of professional duty’.

The tribunal cancelled his registration from January 15, a delayed date so that he could hand over his current clients.

He will not be allowed to reapply to register again for two years.

Upon re-registration, Mr Joseph will be required to pay for and complete an ethics and professional boundaries course.

He will be required to undergo a psychological examination as well.

The tribunal also ordered that he pays for 30 per cent of the costs for the investigation and hearing.

This added up to more than $64,000.

The tribunal’s complete reasoning for their decision has not been released.

Mr Joseph will not be able to re-register for two years and when he does he will be required to complete an ethics and professional boundaries course and undergo a psychological examination. Pictured: therapy session stock image

Mr Joseph will not be able to re-register for two years and when he does he will be required to complete an ethics and professional boundaries course and undergo a psychological examination. Pictured: therapy session stock image

Mr Joseph will not be able to re-register for two years and when he does he will be required to complete an ethics and professional boundaries course and undergo a psychological examination. Pictured: therapy session stock image

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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