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July 15, 2021

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Palos Verdes Woman Accused of Multiple Violations, Including Sexual Misconduct with Patient

NOTE: A previous version of this news release, originally dated December 14, 2020, contained an erroneous description of the relationship between the accused and the patient. The news release has been corrected and reissued. The Board of Psychology and the Department of Consumer Affairs regret this error and any inconvenience this may cause.

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–Tammy H. Ichinotsubo-Ezzi, Ph.D. of Rancho Palos Verdes, has surrendered her license #PSY14761 to the California Board of Psychology (Board). Ichinotsubo-Ezzi was accused of multiple extreme departures from the standard of care and practice in the profession of psychology. The Board filed an accusation seeking the revocation or suspension of her license in April 2020.

The accusation alleged Ichinotsubo-Ezzi, who practiced as both a licensed psychologist and “spiritual director,” failed to maintain professional and ethical boundaries when she engaged in a personal relationship with a patient who has a history of psychological care throughout her teenage and adult life. Ichinotsubo-Ezzi failed to avoid harm to her patient, including relinquishing control of the frame-of-treatment and breaching another patient's confidentiality.

Waiving her rights to a hearing, Ichinotsubo-Ezzi chose to resolve the allegations by agreeing to surrender her license to the Board effective January 2, 2021.

The Accusation and Order are available to view at https://search.dca.ca.gov.
The Board of Psychology would like to remind consumers that their brochure “Therapy Never Includes Sexual Behavior” is available online to view or download. For information on how to file a complaint or information about the Board of Psychology, visit www.psychology.ca.gov.

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ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA BOARD OF PSYCHOLOGY: The Board of Psychology’s mission is to advance quality psychological services for Californians by ensuring ethical and legal practice and supporting the evolution of the profession. For information on how to file a complaint, or for information about the Board of Psychology, visit us at www.psychology.ca.gov

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS: The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) promotes and protects the interests of California consumers while ensuring a competent and fair marketplace. DCA helps consumers learn how to protect themselves from unscrupulous and unqualified individuals. The department also protects professionals (licensees) from unfair competition by unlicensed practitioners. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting DCA at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.