Jonathan Ames, PHD

★★★☆☆

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Dr. Ames is a ??feel good? therapist; i.e. talking with him makes people feel good about themselves, and you can tell it makes him feel good to think he??s helping people. When it comes to serious psychologicaI trauma or issues outside his personal experience, he is unable to provide competent treatment and refuses to seek supervision or refer to a more qualified colleague. I liked him at first. However, things got pretty scary when Dr. Ames started to tell me I was ??special,? that he felt ??an attraction and connection? to me and that we were ??at the point that people end up having an affair.?? I told him I felt his disclosures were inappropriate. I was a graduate student in Social Science at the time and was able to find some books on boundary issues in the therapeutic relationship. Because I liked Dr. Ames and was concerned for his other clients, I confronted him with the information I had found, rather than report his behavior. He insisted that he was ??not like those men,? without even reading the books. He became manipulative, demeaning, condescending, and now demanded to know how I felt about him rather than focusing on the feelings he had revealed. He then went into a CYA song and dance insisting that ??it was all part of the therapy.? All this was going on while I was trying to deal with a serious trauma from my past. I tried to shift the focus of the therapy back to my issue. It would have been better not to have talked about it at all, because this so-called ??therapist? re-traumatized me when he was completely unable to provide any understanding or compassion. Instead, he launched into his political views on the issue and assured me that women the world over had suffered indignities similar to mine. Not helpful. Finally, I left the therapy and wrote a letter to his colleagues at APC, describing the way he had handled my last therapy session and my dissatisfaction. A few days later a CPS worker showed up at my door. Dr. Ames had filed a false child abuse complaint against me. I was able to determine that he was the complainant because there was information in the complaint that concerned things I had discussed in therapy and not revealed to anyone else. These things were in no way abusive to any child, as the CPS reports verify.
I have made reports of these and other issues with Dr. Ames to both the APA and the NYS Office of the Professions. Unfortunately, the wheels turn slowly and to my knowledge, nothing has come of it so far.
I have since had excellent therapy elsewhere for (1) the issues that brought me to therapy in the first place; and (2) the past trauma that was triggered by Jonathan??s behavior. I have worked with three therapists and a Psychology professor on recovery from the traumatic abuses perpetrated by this therapist, but again, it is slow going. I suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress, neither of which diagnosis I ever had prior to or at the time of entering therapy with Jonathan. I was able to complete graduate school, but am unable to maintain full time employment at this time. I am currently researching a book on exploitation of clients by therapists. I am focusing particularly on eroticized relationships that did not reach the point of sexual contact, and the manipulations or set-up that occurred prior to instances of sexual abuse; the point being, that the damage occurs way before sex takes place, and whether or not it takes place at all. Anyone with legitimate experiences with this therapist or any other who would like to contribute to this research may contact me at hotresearch@hotmail.com. I can also provide recommended reading and referrals to competent therapists in the area.

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Dr. Ames is a ??feel good? therapist; i.e. talking with him makes people feel good about themselves, and you can tell it makes him feel good to think he??s helping people. When it comes to serious psychologicaI trauma or issues outside his personal experience, he is unable to provide competent treatment and refuses to seek supervision or refer to a more qualified colleague. I liked him at first. However, things got pretty scary when Dr. Ames started to tell me I was ??special,? that he felt ??an attraction and connection? to me and that we were ??at the point that people end up having an affair.?? I told him I felt his disclosures were inappropriate. I was a graduate student in Social Science at the time and was able to find some books on boundary issues in the therapeutic relationship. Because I liked Dr. Ames and was concerned for his other clients, I confronted him with the information I had found, rather than report his behavior. He insisted that he was ??not like those men,? without even reading the books. He became manipulative, demeaning, condescending, and now demanded to know how I felt about him rather than focusing on the feelings he had revealed. He then went into a CYA song and dance insisting that ??it was all part of the therapy.? All this was going on while I was trying to deal with a serious trauma from my past. I tried to shift the focus of the therapy back to my issue. It would have been better not to have talked about it at all, because this so-called ??therapist? re-traumatized me when he was completely unable to provide any understanding or compassion. Instead, he launched into his political views on the issue and assured me that women the world over had suffered indignities similar to mine. Not helpful. Finally, I left the therapy and wrote a letter to his colleagues at APC, describing the way he had handled my last therapy session and my dissatisfaction. A few days later a CPS worker showed up at my door. Dr. Ames had filed a false child abuse complaint against me. I was able to determine that he was the complainant because there was information in the complaint that concerned things I had discussed in therapy and not revealed to anyone else. These things were in no way abusive to any child, as the CPS reports verify.
I have made reports of these and other issues with Dr. Ames to both the APA and the NYS Office of the Professions. Unfortunately, the wheels turn slowly and to my knowledge, nothing has come of it so far.
I have since had excellent therapy elsewhere for (1) the issues that brought me to therapy in the first place; and (2) the past trauma that was triggered by Jonathan??s behavior. I have worked with three therapists and a Psychology professor on recovery from the traumatic abuses perpetrated by this therapist, but again, it is slow going. I suffer from depression and post-traumatic stress, neither of which diagnosis I ever had prior to or at the time of entering therapy with Jonathan. I was able to complete graduate school, but am unable to maintain full time employment at this time. I am currently researching a book on exploitation of clients by therapists. I am focusing particularly on eroticized relationships that did not reach the point of sexual contact, and the manipulations or set-up that occurred prior to instances of sexual abuse; the point being, that the damage occurs way before sex takes place, and whether or not it takes place at all. Anyone with legitimate experiences with this therapist or any other who would like to contribute to this research may contact me at hotresearch@hotmail.com. I can also provide recommended reading and referrals to competent therapists in the area.

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Dr. Ames is truly an excellent therapist. He is kind, analytical, culturally sensitive, insightful, reflective and pushes just where and how you need to be pushed.

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Dr. Ames is truly an excellent therapist. He is kind, analytical, culturally sensitive, insightful, reflective and pushes just where and how you need to be pushed.

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