Molnos, A. (1998): A psychotherapist's harvest

SEX & SEXUAL CONTACT

Sexual contact between the patient and the therapist is a taboo in analytic psychotherapy as it should be in any form of psychotherapy. Sex with a patient is one of the most destructive behaviours any therapist can engage in. The responsibility lies entirely with the therapist.

The central reason for the seriousness of transgressing the rule of suspended action regarding sex or the rule of sexual abstinence is that the therapeutic relationship nearly always touches on feelings of the parent-child relationship and the more disturbed the patient the more so. Therefore, the patient is likely to experience a similar degree of disturbance and suffer psychic damage as he (or she) would in case of actual incest.

See also index: ABSTINENCE, INCEST BARRIER, LIBIDO, OEDIPUS, SUSPENDED ACTION, THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP