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SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City mental health counselor's license has been suspended indefinitely because of accusations he had romantic relationships with two of his clients.

The Iowa Board of Behavioral Science ordered that Mark Garlick must return his mental health counselor license to the board on June 17. He has until then to transition his clients to new providers.

The board brought seven charges against Garlick in November, and Garlick waived his right to a hearing in front of the board before the settlement agreement and final order was entered.

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Charging documents said that Garlick began a romantic relationship with one client about one year after providing the counseling.

Another client told Garlick she had feelings for him, and he continued to provide counseling to her while not documenting her romantic feelings, documents said. Garlick made remarks of a sexual nature to the second client during sessions and communicated outside of sessions. Documents say he hugged, kissed and touched the client and also accepted gifts from her.

In its May 17 order, the board said that Garlick may request reinstatement of his license after one year, but only after undergoing a comprehensive mental health and boundaries evaluation. He also must pay a $1,000 civil penalty.

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