Disciplinary hearing called for Windsor psychotherapist accused of having sex with clients
Elisabeth Haramic. (CTV Windsor)
A disciplinary hearing has been called for a Windsor psychotherapist who is accused of having sex with two clients.
Elisabeth Haramic is also accused of serving alcohol to members of a therapy group while she was intoxicated herself in an incident in 2011.
The accusations are listed in an 11-page notice of hearing by the discipline committee of the College of Registered Physchotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario.
The document says Haramic had a sexual relationship with a client from 2009 to 2011. It also says Haramic had sex with another former client, beginning in 2012 and that relationship ended in 2015.
In addition to the three accusations of “breaching boundaries” and “professional misconduct,” Haramic is also accused of sending a client “unprofessional, threatening or abusive” messages and illegally referring to herself as a doctor.
Haramic had her licence revoked in April for making “false and misleading statements” on her licence renewal application.
A date for the disciplinary hearing has not been set.
Haramic has hired a Windsor lawyer Michael Gordner to fight the allegations.
In a statement to CTV News on behalf of Haramic, Gordner says "The allegations in the Notice of Hearing are not proven, and are expressly denied by my client, and we believe they will be proven to be untrue when she is given an opportunity to be heard in accordance with the Rules of Natural Justice."
The statement goes on to say "The revocation has taken place without any hearing whatsoever, and it is for that reason among others that we are proceeding to ask the Divisional Court to stay the revocation."
Gordner adds "Every citizen is entitled to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. My client, who is very well respected and has contributed immensely to the well being of our community is entitled to that fundamental right to the presumption of innocence."