A week ago, I reported on the murder of a therapist by her client, in a town down the road from where I live.

Sadly, a second murder has occurred, this time of a psychologist in her Upper East Side office in Manhattan, NYC. She was stabbed to death on Tuesday night.

The man is still on the loose and it’s not yet clear whether the male suspect was a patient of the psychologist who was murdered. Therapists being murdered by their clients is still a rare event, but two occurring within the course of a single week is even more rare.

Sadly, there are few reliable and valid predictors of violence, or those more likely prone to violence or murderous acts. And because most therapists work in relative isolation, it’s often difficult to consult with other therapists to check on possible signs and symptoms that might suggest someone’s future violence toward a therapist. Professionals who work with the victims of domestic abuse or violence are furthermore at risk from harm by the spouse of the victim they are counseling.

Read the AP article: Man Slashes NYC Psychologist to Death

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Feb 2008
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2008). Second Therapist Murdered Within the Week. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 21, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2008/02/13/second-therapist-murdered-within-the-week/

 

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