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Jennie McKenna: Paperwork error no reflection on therapist’s work

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the article about Katherine Appy in Tuesday’s paper (“Psychologist fined over paperwork error,” Gazette, Feb. 26). As a local psychotherapist I am aware of the need for good mental health service to our community which Appy provides, and I am afraid that the article will in some way tarnish her reputation. The error was clearly a bureaucratic one rather than a clinical one, and in no way endangered her patients. As a colleague who holds Appy’s work in high esteem, I would like to underscore this point. We are quite fortunate to have her as a therapist in our neighborhood.

As the wife of a former member of the Select Board, I know that when people reach out to volunteer in the community they must be prepared for this kind of hassle in the name of “transparency.” Sometimes the efforts seem rather to be gratuitous attacks to create news where there is none. I appreciate that that discernment is up to the editors of the paper.

Jennie McKenna

Amherst

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