Warning: This post discusses adult topics that might be touchy or trigger issues for some. All right. I have a story where a girl is sexually traumatized and afterward the issue is not addressed. So she bottles it up. When she is older, the problems resurface in a new way. A neighbor offers to help her, to counsel her. The neighbor seeks to both heal her wounds as well as show her that sex isn't the horrible, painful thing that she has associated it with. My problem is with the neighbor's character. He is not trying to use her damaged emotional state or any qualifications he has to take advantage of her. He genuinely wants to help. I, as the author, want that help to go down the route of sexual therapy in a one-to-one basis. Exploring issues of trust, possibly her own dark desires or at least the raw hurt therein. But if he's an actual Therapist, someone with concrete psychological training, getting involved with her is utterly unethical to a fault. If he does that, he will lose credibility with the girl and the reader, and likely look as though he is taking advantage. But if he's not a therapist, how could he have any qualifications to do offer and then do what he's doing? How would he have any credibility for her to agree to his help in the first place if he does not have those credentials?