Psychologist Karen A. Pauly surrenders license; engaged in sexual relationship with patient

On November 8, 2013, psychologist Karen A. Pauly surrendered her license to the Washington State Department of Health (DoH).

The DoH’s document states that Pauly engaged in an approximately 15-month sexual relationship with a patient.

The patient gave Pauly money and access to the patient’s debit card to withdraw additional funds.

The patient also gave Pauly money for personal items, spending cash, and to help her avoid foreclosure (her house was not in foreclosure)—approximately $15,000 altogether.

Pauly purchased prepaid cell phones for the patient so that she and he could communicate without his wife finding out.

Lastly, Pauly supplied the patient with alcohol and consumed alcohol with him though she knew or should have known it was not in the patient’s best interest.

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