Single Aussie raises alarm after corresponding with his psychologist on dating app
An Australian woman called her psychologist after he allegedly matched her on a dating app on purpose.
The woman took to a Facebook chat group asking for post-match advice on Hinge.
“I need a little help and I don’t know what to do,” she wrote.
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“My psychologist, who I haven’t seen in a few months but have been in contact with, messaged me on Hinge.
“I matched with him unintentionally and didn’t realize it was him until he messaged me.
“It certainly goes against a certain code of ethics.”
The woman said she felt ‘frightened and violated’ because the psychologist knew ‘deeply personal things’ about her – and also knew her home address and phone number.
“Part of me wants to do something because I’m worried about other patients he might do this to.
“Any help and advice on whether I should do something or not would be appreciated.”
She added that from the psychologist’s point of view, it could not be a mistake because she had a very unique and individual name.
She also said she was from a small town in New South Wales and he knew what she looked like.
“I found him through a local Facebook community group asking for a psychologist and he messaged me on Facebook to set up appointments through his clinic,” she continued.
She said the psychologist used a different name on Hinge, which is why she partnered with him.
“Hey,” he wrote, adding a loving eyes emoji. “I feel like we’ve met before.”
She clicked and replied, “Aren’t you my shrink?”
He responds, “Ohhh – that’s why you sound familiar – sorry – I deal with a lot of customers and it’s hard to keep up.” How have you been?”
She also posted a sample iMessage appointment reminder sent to her.
“Hi, this is the psychologist from the…clinic. Hope your [sic] well,” it read.
“Just checking to see how your [sic] will – because it’s been a few months since our last session.
“If you would like to book, please call reception… Thank you very much.”
“All Kinds of Wrongs”
The response on Facebook was pretty unanimous – that the psychologist’s behavior was “all kinds of wrong”.
“I am in my fourth year of psychology and this is a major breach of ethical conduct and I absolutely must report it,” one person wrote.
“They make it very clear to us from the start of the teaching that these things are pretty serious and bad.
“Also, messaging you through Facebook to arrange appointments is inappropriate, it should have been done through the clinic and in a much more professional way.”
“As a shrink it’s all kinds of wrong,” another person said.
“He wouldn’t have hundreds of customers, especially not in a small town.
“A typical workload would be less than 50.
“If he saw her for more than a few sessions he would have recognized her 100 per cent and even though he wasn’t sure it was his responsibility to be careful.”