Common red flags of therapist malpractice

Choosing to see a therapist is a major step for many patients; that is why an honest and trustworthy professional is a must. For most, this brave and proactive choice is only the beginning of improved mental health and overall better quality of life, but what if a therapist proves to have the opposite effect? Patients in Florida have the right to take legal action if they suspect a therapist has made an ethical misstep in their practice.

Independent mental health network Psych Central is no stranger to this problem. According to one piece on negative experiences with therapists, it is not uncommon for a patient to have a therapist that is simply not the right match. Yet on a more serious note, ethical problems can ensue when a therapist chooses to engage sexually with a patient, extorts money, breaches confidentiality or carries out any other illegal activity within sessions. Any of these forms of malpractice can be incredibly damaging to the patient, who is likely dealing with another preexisting issue. Patients who experience trauma as a result of therapist malpractice may decide to first file a complaint on either the state or organizational level, and take further action if necessary.

While there are risks involved in any practice involving human error, spotting the red flags can help patients avoid unnecessary obstacles. Bustle Magazine lists some of these therapist red flags, which include a therapist's use of harsh judgment or displaying actions that make a patient feel inferior. Another sign that a therapist may not have the best intentions involves failure to actively respond to a situation altogether. Perhaps most importantly, Bustle adds that if a patient cannot trust a therapist, issues may not get the proper attention they need. Because each situation is different from the next, it is important to consider all angles of therapy so that the new, healthier chapter of life can begin.     





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