In a plot worthy of The Young & the Restless, a man is suing his marriage counselor who, instead of helping, had an affair with his wife.
Charles and Mary Elizabeth Airey went to sessions with therapist Amy Remmele for more than a year in an attempt to strengthen their marriage and get things back on track. Talking about their relationship and sex life, Charles said he had hoped they would rekindle the spark with some help. Well, Remmele helped all right -- she allegedly helped herself to his wife.
Despite the counseling, the couple called it quits and Mary Elizabeth served him divorce papers. Though the actual split wasn't nearly as shocking as whom his wife was moving on with. According to court documents, she confessed her affair with Remmelle and he found them in bed together at their home.
Now the heartbroken ex-husband is suing Remmele and her business Peak of Success. "I placed my trust in [Remmele] and anticipated that she would act with the highest integrity and loyalty to both me and my then-wife," he said in court papers. "Instead, rather than remain loyal to both me and my wife and help us strengthen our marriage, [she] breached this trust, began having a sexual relationship with my wife, and participated in the dissolution of our marriage."
For her part, Remmele denies even being a marriage counselor. "I never have held myself out as a marriage counselor, and I never have contracted to provide marriage counseling services," she responded to his claims. "I did not provide marriage counseling service to Mr. Airey at any time." Clearly this could potentially be a complicated court case since they disagree about the nature of the counseling.
But your therapist of any kind having an affair with your spouse is an incredible betrayal. It may not be illegal, but it's immoral. How is this any less wrong than an accountant stealing from you? Actually, it's worse. This is psychologically damaging. He put his trust in this women who he alleges was supposed to help repair his marriage. Who wants a therapist who could do something so despicable? I'm not sure if she will lose her license or credentials if she is found negligent, but her services should at least come with a warning!
Do you think this therapist did anything wrong?
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