When a therapist crosses the line

Millions of Americans benefit from therapy, as it can help turn lives around for endless patients in need. It is an outlet through which many place life's troubles, and ultimately helps unearth answers to those hard times. Yet as with numerous industries, professional therapists do not always carry out honest practices -- in these cases, patients may choose to take legal action. What choices, exactly, do Floridians going through this unfortunate situation have? 

Addressing mental health problems is a brave and accomplished step for many; needless to say, addressing an issue with a mental health counselor is another burdensome story. It can be upsetting to find that a therapist is guilty of malpractice, but Psychology Today reminds readers that suing a psychiatrist is not out of the question. To acquire compensation for malpractice, patients typically must provide proof that a patient-doctor relationship existed. They must prove the doctor was negligent, and that the patient experienced physical or mental injury as a result. Patients must also prove the link between the therapist's negligence and the patient's own injury. There are other ways to address a malpractice case, including:

  • Filing a human rights complaint
  • Filing a complaint with the therapist's employer
  • Posting negative reviews online about the therapist    

There are other ways, of course, that one can approach a case of psychiatrist negligence. Because the types of malpractice are so vast, it is important to identify each of the therapist's wrong actions to best reach a solution to the problem.

In addition to the above actions patients can take, there are other routes to resolution. Therapy Exploitation Link Line -- known as TELL -- shares that individuals who have experienced pain or discomfort due to therapist malpractice can also request a confrontation session with a mediator. If this option seems unappealing or too stressful, patients can write the ex-therapist, or seek a new psychiatrist altogether. Finding that a therapist was not the trusted professional as they once seemed can certainly be upsetting, but moving on in the most appropriate way possible can put an end to an unnecessary and hurtful situation.   



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