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  • Full Title: Therapist [Note: Some secondary sources indicate that this book is subtitled "The Shocking Autobiography of a Woman Sexually Exploited by Her Analyst." Although this wording does appear as promotional copy on the dust jacket of the book, there is no subtitle shown on the title pages.]
  • Author(s): Ellen Plasil
  • Year Published: 1985
  • Publisher: St. Martin's/Marek
  • Publication Type: Commercial
  • ISBN-10: 0-312-79912-8 (hardcover), 0-312-90363-4 (paperback)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-312-79912-0 (hardcover), 978-0-312-90363-3 (paperback)
  • Description: Plasil's book relates her experiences with Lonnie Leonard, a psychotherapist who claimed his theraputic practices were based on Objectivism. According to Plasil's account, Leonard's "therapy" included female patients performing sexual services for him and a variety of other abuses and manipulations. Although the majority of the book is specific to her relationship with Leonard, Plasil also discusses some of her interactions with other Objectivists, including Allan Blumenthal, a prominent Objectivist psychologist who initially referred her to Leonard. She also theorizes about how Objectivism may have contributed to making her vulnerable to Leonard's abuse. This book is out of print.


Chapters significantly related to Objectivism are indicated with bold.

  1. The Probation
  2. New Beginnings
  3. Recollections
  4. The First Session
  5. The Foundation
  6. The First Encounter
  7. On Becoming Feminine
  8. Probation
  9. A Merry Christmas
  10. The Beach House
  11. The Confrontation
  12. Taking Sides
  13. The Lawyers
  14. The Defense
  15. Four Years in Waiting
  16. Osborne vs. Leonard
  17. Epilogue

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