Psych Crime Reporter

August 7, 2013

Board revokes therapist David Ridley’s license for sexually graphic communications to women

Filed under: psychotherapist,sexual misconduct,Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 8:33 pm
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On October 29, 2012, the Idaho State Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists revoked the license of marriage & family therapist David Ridley.

The Board’s document details complaints received by the Board, primarily from females who reported that he contacted them via Facebook, offered and provided therapy services and engaged in sexually graphic and inappropriate communication with the women during their sessions.

The initial complaint to the Board was from another licensed professional counselor from another state who contacted the Board by more than 20 women who shared their experiences with Ridley’s therapy, and provided online transcripts (sessions were carried out online in some cases).

The remainder of the Board’s document contains data about complaint it received about Ridley from eight individuals.

Ridley voluntarily surrendered his license while under investigation but the Board took the disciplinary action of revocation of license and any rights of renewal.

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August 14, 2012

State disciplines psychotherapist Nikole Ahner Brown for involvement with client

Filed under: boundary violation,psychotherapist — Psych Crime Reporter @ 8:59 pm

On October 6, 2011, the Idaho Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists placed licensed marriage & family therapist Nikole Ahner Brown on two years supervised probation with terms and conditions.

The Board’s document states that Brown established a relationship with a former client which was not in the client’s best interest. This relationship included co-ownership of a vehicle, payment of the former client’s phone bill, a landlord-tenant relationship and a personal relationship.

The terms of Brown’s probation also include a $1,000 fine and reimbursement to the Board of $3,643 for its investigative costs and attorney fees.

Source: Stipulation and Consent Order in the Matter of the License of Nikole Ahner Brown, License No. LMFT-3085, Case No. COU-2010-18.

Idaho counselors’ and therapists’ licenses revoked, disciplined

Filed under: health care licensing board discipline,mental health counselor,psychotherapist — Psych Crime Reporter @ 8:57 pm

The Idaho State Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists recently issued the following disciplinary action documents:

On December 31, 2011, the Board revoked the license of professional counselor Millicent Smith. According to the Board’s Order, during the period of 2005 to 2009, Smith entered into a sexual/romantic relationship with a client, then immediately terminated their professional relationship but continued the romantic relationship until it ended in 2009; engaged in a bartering relationship with another client in which the client provided personal services in Smith’s home in exchange for therapy services, then developed a personal relationship with this client during which Smith sexually touched the client on one occasion in 2008; told a third client in late 2005 that she might need to refer him to another provider because she was attracted to him, while knowing that the client was dealing with the recent ending of a long-term romantic relationship with another person.

On February 7, 2012, the Board placed licensed marriage & family therapist Rodney Limb on practice supervision, among other stipulations. The Board’s Order states that from Fall 2008 to November 2009, Limb periodically counseled a client with whom he briefly entered into a dual personal relationship.

On February 7, 2012, the Board ordered licensed professional counselor Rosalie Johnston to complete a graduate level course in high-conflict divorce and recordkeeping, among other requirements. The Board alleged that in 2008, Johnston failed to follow a court order to aide in the reunification of a father and daughter and failed to turn over the client’s file to a new therapist in a timely manner. Though Johnston denied the Board’s allegations, she nonetheless entered into a stipulated consent order on the matter. In addition to the aforementioned order to complete graduate-level coursework, Johnston must also reimburse the Board its investigative costs and attorney fees of $2,794.

On February 7, 2012, the Board reprimanded licensed professional counselor Talmage Delange. The Board’s document states that on or about July 2003 through September 2009, Delange entered into counseling relationships with multiple family members of an extended family. On or about September 27, 2008, Delange submitted an affidavit to the court which could be interpreted to be a child custody evaluation, which Delange is not trained to render (i.e., it is practicing beyond the scope of his competence and education). The affidavit was biased and omitted relevant information. Delange must also reimburse the Board its investigative costs and attorney fees of $2,880, among other terms of the Board’s order.

On May 1, 2012, the Board reprimanded counselor Robert Stahn and placed terms and restrictions on his practice. The Board’s document states that in 2010, Stahn prepared and disseminated a brochure advertising his practice which contained the false representation of a 100% success rate for treating post-traumatic stress syndrome and also used client testimonials without client consent. Stahn also must complete additional continuing education in the area of ethics and reimburse the Board $1,220 for its investigation costs and attorney fees.

July 5, 2012

Minnesota psychotherapist Richard Colund charged with two patient sex-related felonies

Filed under: psychotherapist,sexual abuse,sexual exploitation — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:51 pm

On or about March 5, 2012, Minnesota psychotherapist Richard Colund was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office. Colund, 54, is accused of having sexual contact with an adult female patient during therapy sessions on or about Jan. 1, 2012, through Feb. 24, 2012.

According to the official Carver County complaint, the alleged victim said that Colund used a technique called Theophostic therapy, “in which God guides the therapy sessions.” The sessions were audio recorded so that the patient could remember what was discussed, according to the complaint.

A recording from a Feb. 8 session included sounds that were consistent with a sexual encounter, according to the complaint. During that session, the complaint said, the alleged victim “removed her clothing and told the defendant that God wanted him” to have sexual contact with her.

On Feb. 24, representatives from the Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Crime Lab executed a search warrant at the office and seized evidence including photographs, medical records and computers. A section of carpeting was also removed for DNA processing, the complaint said.

Additional investigation is continuing, the complaint said. In addition to the count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, Colund has also been charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct by a psychotherapist during session. Both are felony counts that carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine.

Source: “Chanhassen psychologist accused of sexual misconduct,” http://www.chanvillager.com, March 5, 2012.

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