"Therapist" Paul Fischer -- the non-licensed therapist "family and marriage counselor" who assaulted a woman in the middle of a counseling session earlier this year -- accepted a plea agreement in Phoenix Municipal Court last week.
Fischer was arrested in February after being accused by a woman of pulling her hair, slapping her in the face a bit, and eventually "forc[ing] his fingers down her throat" in the middle of a counseling session at his Phoenix office.
According to Fischer's plea agreement, his 27-day jail sentence is suspended, he has to be screened for a possible counseling program, and he's not allowed to "practice psychotherapy counseling of any kind in any manner without a valid license to do so."
He does not have a valid license to do so, which makes it sound like he'll have to stop doing counseling out of his office, and possibly at a local non-profit recovery facility we're told he works at.
According to a report from the Phoenix Police Department, Fischer "admitted he was aggressive" with the victim, but said no assault occurred.
A recorded phone call between Fischer and the woman told a different story (more from the conversation can be found here):
Woman: You told me you wouldn't harm me in your office.
Fischer: That's true
Woman: You don't think slapping is harming?
Fischer: OK, I was wrong.. Please give me an opportunity to make amends to you. I pushed it to[o] far.
Once officers came into the interview room to take Fischer to jail, he told police "my life is over" and "I fucked up," according to the police report.
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Fischer is not a licensed psychologist, behavioral analyst, social worker, counselor, substance-abuse professional, or marriage and family therapist, according to state records.
His plea includes one year of probation.