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MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WRIC) -
A Chesterfield County mental health counselor has been ordered to give up his medical license after allegations of sexual misconduct with a patient.
Sexual bondage, domination and whipping are just some of the allegations against Midlothian mental health counselor Adam Glatt. Up until Friday, 53-year-old Glatt had been providing relationship and family counseling to couples and individuals in Midlothian. But before coming to Virginia, he was a therapist in Florida, where a former patient sys he engaged in inappropriate sexual activities with her.
Glatt’s license to practice mental health counseling here in Virginia has been mandatorily suspended by the Virginia Department of Health Professions. The move comes after the Commonwealth learned just last week that Glatt voluntarily relinquished his license in lieu of disciplinary action stemming from a Florida Department of Health complaint filed against Glatt back in 2012.
Working with sister station WFLA in Tampa, Fla., ABC 8News was able to obtain a copy of that complaint. According to the document, Glatt began counseling a woman who had just lost her son. During counseling sessions, she claims he “began discussing his role in bondage, domination and sadomasochism.”
The complaint goes on to say that Glatt began a sexual relationship with the patient, and the two began attending bondage and domination events as part of a “BDSM lifestyle.” During at least one of those events, the former patient claims Glatt flogged or lashed her.
ABC 8News Anchor/Investigative Reporter Kerri O’Brien tried to reach Glatt for comment, but his Midlothian office at Market Square appeared to be closed on Friday, and there was no answer at his home.
O’Brien spoke with Glatt’s attorney, Richard Samet. He says Glatt denies ever conducting himself inappropriately during therapy. Samet added that Glatt gave up his license in Florida because he’s no longer practicing there, and it wasn’t worth his time trying to fight the complaint there.
Glatt plans to appeal Virginia’s decision to suspend his license.