New Jersey psychologist Samuelle Klein von Reiche loses appeal; license remains suspended
September 21, 2010
On September 1, 2010, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division (“Court”) upheld the November 30, 2009 decision of the New Jersey State Board of Psychological Examiners (“Board”) who suspended the license of Samuelle Klein-von Reiche (“Reiche”).
On February 4, 2008, the Attorney General charged Reiche with multiple counts of violating appropriate boundaries between a therapist and a client; endangering the health welfare and safety of a patient; repeated acts of negligence; failure to fulfill the ongoing statutory requirements of good moral character; gross malpractice; misuse of influence as a therapist; use or employment of dishonesty, fraud, deception, misrepresentation and false pretense; and the failure to cooperate with an inquiry of the Board.
Reiche developed an inappropriately close, personal and social relationship with a patient.
At the patient’s expense, Reiche accompanied the patient to a professional convention in the Bahamas between September 19 and 24, 2004, shared a hotel room with him for several nights, and dined together on at least two occasions. In addition, Reiche discussed intimate details of her personal life with the patient.
During the investigation by the Board, Reiche was uncooperative with the Board and misrepresented facts in the case.
The Board issued a one-year suspension of the Respondent’s license plus $37,855 in penalties, fees and costs.
Source: In the Matter of the Suspension of Revocation of License of Samuelle Klein-von Reiche, Psy.D., License No. 35SI00324600 to Practice Psychology in the State of New Jersey.
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