When you seek mental health assistance from a professional therapist, you have a right to ethical, professional treatment. Therapists are trained to use psychology to help their patients work through mental and emotional difficulties. When they work as intended, therapists can provide invaluable tools and support that help individuals become more stable and resilient.
While many therapists live up to the professional and ethical requirements put forth in state and federal guidelines, some therapists use their influence over the patient to serve themselves. The power dynamic between therapists can create emotional transference, in which the patient unconsciously sees the therapist as a parental figure. When a therapist takes advantage of this dynamic to manipulate or exploit their patient, they are committing therapy abuse.
If you have been injured due to abuse by your therapist, you may be able to seek compensation for the losses you incurred. The therapy abuse lawyers at Jenner Law understand that therapy abuse can severely impact your mental and emotional health for the rest of your life. With a thorough understanding of emotional transference, medical malpractice, and Texas laws pertaining to psychological treatment, our attorneys can help you seek justice and compensation from an abusive therapist.
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At Jenner Law, we understand how hard it can be to stand up for your rights against an abusive therapist. Whether you experienced physical, emotional, or sexual abuse at the hands of your therapist, our attorneys will hear your story and help you decide how best to move forward. With decades of successful litigation and settlements for injury victims, our attorneys know how to build a thorough and effective case against negligent or malicious parties in a wide range of circumstances.
The therapy abuse attorneys at Jenner Law are aware of the psychological and emotional effects of therapy abuse. We know that it can be especially difficult to speak out about abuse, which is why we offer a judgment-free space for you to discuss your case. Our compassionate therapy abuse lawyers will examine your claim and help you determine whether you have a case. If we proceed with your case, our attorneys will apply our extensive knowledge of Texas medical malpractice, personal injury, and therapy abuse cases and laws to give you the best chance of a fair settlement for your losses.
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What Constitutes Therapy Abuse?
Therapy abuse occurs when a therapist harms their patient through verbal, physical, emotional, or financial means. Because patients are in an emotionally vulnerable position, therapists have a duty to avoid taking advantage of the power dynamic created by emotional transference. When a therapist attempts to manipulate or force the patient to do things against their best interests, the therapist is committing therapy abuse.
Therapy abuse is not always immediately recognizable. In fact, some patients do not realize they were abused until months or even years after the abuse occurred. Therapy abuse may look like any of the following behaviors:
- The therapist is verbally or physically violent.
- The therapist is disrespectful toward the patient or belittles the patient through words or actions.
- The therapist manipulates the emotions of the patient to serve their own ends.
- The therapist does not respect the patient’s personal space.
- The therapist acts unprofessionally, discloses personal information, or contacts the patient outside the boundaries of their professional relationship.
- The therapist discloses the patient’s private information or otherwise breaches confidentiality.
- The therapist misdiagnoses the patient’s condition.
- The therapist prescribes medication or treatment that the patient does not need. This can be due to misdiagnosis, negligence, or desire for personal gain.
- The therapist encourages the patient to be dependent on them, so that they can continue to treat the patient and gain income.
- The therapist talks about themselves and their own life, instead of focusing on the patient.
- The therapist seeks or establishes an inappropriate personal, sexual, or romantic relationship with the patient.
As you can see, therapy abuse comes in many forms. If you believe that you or a loved one have been mistreated by a therapist, you may be able to seek compensation for the losses you sustained as a result. Reach out to Jenner Law’s El Paso therapy attorneys to discuss your options.
Can I File a Lawsuit Against My El Paso Therapist for Abuse?
Texas Rules of Practice require that psychological service providers, including therapists, must maintain a professional relationship with their patients. Texas has also established specific rules that define acceptable and unacceptable relationships between therapists and their patients. If your El Paso therapist is in violation of these rules and regulations, and you have sustained mental, emotional, financial, or physical injury as a result, you may be able to sue them for abuse.
Texas laws about therapy abuse are complex and can intersect broadly with personal injury, sexual exploitation, medical malpractice, and other laws. For instance, certain Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Laws allow victims of sexual abuse to sue for mental anguish and other damages. In order to ensure that you are filing your case consistent with the appropriate laws, consult with a therapy abuse attorney at Jenner Law. Our lawyers will help you determine whether you have grounds to file a lawsuit, decide which laws apply to your suit, and obtain the necessary evidence to support your case.
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What If I Can’t Afford a Therapy Abuse Attorney?
The therapy abuse attorneys at Jenner Law operate on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t have to pay for your case up front. When you call us, we will provide a free case evaluation and determine whether you have a claim. If we determine that the value of your case is worth the time you and we would spend, we will begin work on your case immediately.
Instead of billing you on an hourly basis, we will simply take an agreed percentage of your settlement upon completion of the case. This means that if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
Since every case is different, we can’t predict the outcome or final value of your claim. The full value of your settlement will depend on numerous factors. You can, however, rest assured that we will vigorously defend your right to the compensation you deserve.
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Contact Jenner Law’s El Paso Therapy Abuse Attorneys
If you or a loved one have experienced abuse at the hands of a therapist, contact the therapy abuse attorneys at Jenner Law to discuss your next steps. Our attorneys can walk you through the process, so you know what to expect.
With more than 30 years of experience in personal injury, medical malpractice, and therapy abuse, Managing Partner Robert K. Jenner works closely with injury victims to secure fair settlements and justice for their losses. To assist even more victims of abuse and negligence, Jenner Law expanded its practice to include a team of lawyers and legal consultants across the U.S.
By assisting our clients in a wide array of medical malpractice, pharmaceutical malpractice, personal injury, and therapy abuse cases, our attorneys have established a reputation for supportive, successful representation. No matter what kind of injury you experienced due to your therapist’s abuse or neglect, our attorneys will work with you to obtain the compensation you deserve.
While our main office is in Baltimore, Maryland, our dedicated legal team assists with therapy abuse claims in several U.S. states, including Texas, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, and California. Contact our office today to speak with an El Paso therapy abuse attorney about your case.