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Jian Ghomeshi's Therapist Explored Power Dynamics And Control

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In a statement filed in court by Jian Ghomeshi's therapist, the letter reveals the former CBC host and his therapist covered topics around power dynamics, control and managing anxiety.

Ghomeshi, 48, apologized in court on Wednesday for his "thoughtless and insensitive'' behaviour to former CBC employee Kathryn Borel who accused him of sexual assault. After signing a peace bond, sexual assault charges against Ghomeshi were withdrawn.

The therapist's letter notes Ghomeshi had met for 61 appointments since Nov. 12, 2014. In person, over the phone and over Skype, sessions were focused on his former charges, consequences and anxiety.

"We also examined the effects of discourses related to male dominance and success, strategies for managing stress and anxiety, effective expressions of anger, and paradigms of intimacy," the letter states.

Read the full letter below:

Ghomeshi Therapist Letter by TheCanadianPress



In his apology, Ghomeshi notes he crossed "boundaries inappropriately," and admits he feels embarrassment and regret for his behaviour with Borel.

"A workplace should not have any sexualized tone. I failed to understand how my words and actions would put a coworker who was younger than me, and in a junior position to mine, in an uncomfortable place," he said. "I did not appreciate the damage that I caused, and I recognize that no workplace friendship or creative environment excuses this sort of behaviour, especially when there is a power imbalance as there was with Ms. Borel."

Ghomeshi was accused of grabbing Borel from behind and grinding his pelvis into her in 2008. In March the former radio show host was acquitted of sexual assault and choking charges related to incidents alleged to have occurred in 2002 and 2003.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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