State revokes counselor Andrew B. Phillip’s license for sex with teen client

In sexual exploitation by a psychotherapist, Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 at 7:19 pm

On May 6, 2010, the Washington Department of Health (DoH) revoked the credential of registered counselor Andrew Phillips for unprofessional conduct.

The DoH’s charges against Phillips (which were issued in April 2010) state that between July and August 2009, Phillips, who was then employed at at Community Counseling Institute of Tacoma, provided drug and alcohol counseling to a 17-year-old female client.   Between approximately October 2009 and November 2009, the client was placed with Phillips and his wife in the course of a dependency action.  Between these latter dates, Phillips is alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with the teenager, including but not limited to hugging and kissing the client, fondling client’s breasts, sexual intercourse and mutual oral sex.

Phillips was given the opportunity to respond to the charges in a DoH hearing but affirmatively waived his opportunity for a hearing in the matter.

Source: Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Final Order (Waiver of Hearing) in the Matter of Andrew B. Phillips, Credential No. RC 60010154, Case No. M2010-314, State of Washington Department of Health, filed May 6, 2010 and Vernal Coleman, “Tacoma Drug Counselor Accused of Having Sex With 17-Year-Old Former Patient,” Tacoma Weekly, April 21, 2010.

  1. I actually didn’t waive the hearing. I missed the early a.m. phone call for the hearing because I fell asleep waiting for the call, and was not given another chance to be heard.

    If the truth is to be told Thor and anonymous then use your real names, Randy and Stephanie Vertrees. You are hiding because your motive is hate. Stephanie left Randy Vertrees because of his abuse of her. Stephanie came on to me because Randy is unable to have sex because he is so over weight. She came on to me when they were living with us because they could not support themselves. (I must be a really bad person to feed you and shelter you for six months).

    Randy is a 450 pound unemployed slacker who yells at and hits his wife. He probably stood right behind her telling her what to write above. You Jehovah Witnesses unwittingly manage to contrive your own truths for your own interests. Keep your lies to yourselves and quit bothering people on Saturday mornings.

    I have never molested a child or taken advantage of anyone. I was not arrested or sued over the matter. I had a affair with a former client who wanted to have an affair with me. A terrible mistake. I’m sorry to all who were hurt. God has forgiven me and so have I.

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