A Seattle psychiatrist accused by the state of having sex with two patients has been sued by one of his patients, who said his actions caused her “severe psychological and emotional injury.”
Last week, the state’s Medical Quality Assurance Commission suspended the license of Richard T. Adamson, after accusing him of having sex with two female patients and disclosing the contents of their therapy sessions to other patients.
Much of the woman’s lawsuit, filed Monday in King County Superior Court, echoes the state’s accusations. Adamson had treated her for depression for about five years, beginning in 2004, during which time she revealed she had been sexually abused by her father, the state said.
According to the complaint, Adamson and the woman attended a conference in 2008, during which he kissed the woman. They then began sexual relationship, while he continued their sessions as her psychiatrist, and she left her husband, the state said.
But Adamson ended the relationship by telling her he was obsessed with a younger woman with whom he had phone sex. State medical authorities called the break-up “abusive.”
“Given Patient A’s history of sexual abuse from her father, this communication was abusive and potentially harmful to Patient A,” they said in state administrative charging documents.
The complaint said Adamson’s “negligence and breach of fiduciary duty” caused the woman “severe psychological and emotional injury,” including pain and suffering, lost wages and impaired earning capacity.
Adamson did not immediately return calls for comment Thursday.