State revokes therapist Mary P. Sullivan's license for sexual relationship with patient

September 16, 2010


On or about July 9, 2010, licensed clinical social worker Mary Pat Sullivan surrendered her license to the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

According to the Board’s published information about the case, Sullivan began treating a client in September 2007.  In October 2007, Sullivan initiated an intimate sexual relationship with the client which lasted approximately 15 months.

While engaged in said relationship, Sullivan continued to provide individual and group psychotherapy services to the client.

In November 2008, the client relapsed, concurrent with Sullivan beginning to end the relationship.

Though the sexual relationship lasted until February 2009, Sullivan continued to provide professional services to the client until late 2009.

The Board’s information stated as well that Sullivan did not obtain a signed consent form from her clients and that her progress notes on the above-referenced client did not include the duration of sessions or the signature date.

Sullivan’s surrender is deemed by the Board to be a revocation.

Source:  Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners Adverse Action Tracking Form 2010.


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