Martin H. Williams

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Martin H. Williams is an American forensic psychologist. Williams completed his doctorate in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and practices in San Jose and Los Angeles, California as part of Williams Psychological Services. Williams is known for his published articles on therapist-patient sex and psychotherapeutic boundaries, including:

  • “Exploitation and Inference: Mapping the Damage From Therapist-Patient Sexual Involvement” American Psychologist, 1992, 47 (3), 412-421.[1][2]
  • “Victimized by 'Victims:' A Taxonomy of Antecedents of False Complaints Against Psychotherapists” Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 31 (1), 75-81, February 2000.[2][3]
  • “Boundary Violations: Do Some Contended Standards of Care Fail to Encompass Commonplace Procedures of Humanistic, Behavioral and Eclectic Psychotherapies?”, Psychotherapy, 1997, vol. 34, number 3, pp. 238–249.[2][4]

Williams is also known for his contributions to the forensic use of the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress DisorderPTSD. Williams has argued that the PTSD diagnosis has been over utilized by mental health experts seeking to support a plaintiff's emotional damage claim. Williams notes that many plaintiffs do not meet the criteria for PTSD (See HG Experts web site), and he has also observed that individuals with a grievance will experience many of the same subjective psychological events as someone who actually suffers from PTSD (See ExpertPages website.)

Martin H. Williams likes to study:

  • Competency to stand trial/insanity defense
  • Fitness to Practice Evaluations for California licensing boards, including Medical, Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, Pharmacy, Chiropractic, Dental, Registered Nursing, Vocational Nursing.
  • Psychotherapy malpractice, ethics, boundaries, risk management, standard of care and negligence
  • Evaluations of emotional damage deriving from personal injury, sexual or racial harassment and sexual abuse (including in psychotherapy) using objective psychological assessment devices (MMPI-2, MCMI-III)
  • Evaluation of risk of criminal recidivism
  • Sexually Violent Predator Evaluations (California Welfare and Institutions Code, Section 6600)
  • Mentally Disordered Offender Evaluations (California Penal Code 2960)
  • Immigration/deportation evaluations (Approved evaluator, San Francisco Region, Immigration and Customs Enforcement-ICE, Enforcement and Removal Operations-ERO)
  • Divorce evaluations/fitness of adult caregivers
  • Dependency Court/fitness to parent
  • Employment/fitness for duty
  • Church related abuse
  • Malingering or concealing psychological problems
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Substance abuse
  • Testamentary capacity
  • Pre-trial and sentencing evaluations


  1. ^ Therapist patient sex harmfulness research Archived December 20, 2010, at WebCite
  2. ^ a b c Archived December 20, 2010, at WebCite
  3. ^ Victimized by "Victims:" A Taxonomy of Antecedents of False Complaints Against Psychotherapists Archived December 20, 2010, at WebCite
  4. ^ Boundary Violations: Do some contended standards of care fail to encompass commonplace procedures of humanistic, behavioral and eclectic psychotherapies? Archived December 20, 2010, at WebCite