Seattle Psychiatrist-Sex With Patients

SEATTLE — State medical authorities have suspended the license of a Seattle psychiatrist accused of having sex with two female patients and disclosing the contents of their therapy sessions to other patients.

The Medical Quality Assurance Commission said Richard Adamson, credentialed since 1981, had sexual relationships with the women, who saw him from about 2004 to 2009. One woman suffered from depression and told Adamson she had been sexually abused by her father.

Adamson treated her for about four years, during which he frequently had sex with her in his office, the board said. The woman left her husband while she was seeing Adamson and the two also met at her apartment, according to the board.

The woman was a family practice doctor and Adamson did some business consulting for her, further violating laws on doctor-patient boundaries, state officials said.

The relationship ended when Adamson told the woman he was “obsessed” with “another younger married woman,” with whom he had had phone sex and “instant messaging sex,” according to officials.

“Given Patient A’s history of sexual abuse from her father, this communication was abusive and potentially harmful to Patient A,” said state medical charging documents.

Adamson’s other alleged victim was a patient who suffered from anxiety caused by a stressful divorce. During treatment, the patient and doctor developed feelings for one another and began a sexual relationship, the commission said.

But officials said that relationship ended when Adamson told her he was having sex with “numerous other women.”

Adamson is also accused of revealing personal details to his patients about his own marital counseling and wife’s suicide. He also allegedly disclosed the contents of the women’s therapy sessions to other patients.

The state’s suspension was an emergency order issued because officials believe Adamson is an “immediate danger” to the public. He has 20 days to respond to the charges and request a hearing. is a media partner of KOMO News.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by rebecca on June 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    do you have the text of the article? the link no longer works.


  2. Apologies for that Rebecca. I was in a rush when I posted that. I shall make a point of publishing the article, not just the link in future. I Googled the same and came up with a similar article, though from memory, not exactly the same. This is now posted in place of the link.


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