You’re supposed to be able to trust your psychiatrist. After all, this is the person to whom you bare your soul and share your darkest secrets and deepest fears. Yet, it’s alleged that one Boston-area psychiatrist behaved anything but professionally with some of his female patients.
Celebrity psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow, who has a Northshore practice in Newburyport, stands accused by three female patients of engaging in sexual relationships with them that included degrading sadomasochistic behaviors. Three former female employees backed up the patients’ claims with signed affidavits detailing his workplace sexual and emotional harassment of them as well. He allegedly struck a former office assistant while engaged in sexual intercourse with her and remarked that he desired having a master/slave relationship” with her.
Ablow is a successful fiction author and has in the past been a conservative pundit with FOX News. He vehemently denies the allegations of his former patients and employees.
One of the lawsuits alleging malpractice was filed in 2018. The other two were filed this week in Essex Superior Court. The women accuse their psychiatrist of exploiting their trust and urging them to submit to demeaning sexual activities, some of which occurred during therapy sessions for which the patients were responsible for paying.
One of the women said that when she claimed to have problems affording additional therapy, Dr. Ablow suggested she begin stripping or escorting to afford further treatment.
It’s hard to imagine a therapeutic value to sexual abuse and exploitation. If you faced a similar situation with a doctor or therapist to whom you entrusted your physical or mental health, you may be able to seek financial compensation for the alleged malpractice.