You went to a therapist because you needed help. You would never have expected what happened next. Abuse is never OK. When therapists use their position to abuse clients, they need to be held accountable.
You have legal options that we can help you review. A New York therapist abuse lawyer from Jenner Law is ready to help you with your case. You can reach out for a free consultation today so that we can learn more about your situation and map out your next steps.
Therapists Should Help People Improve Their Mental and Emotional Health
Mental illness is a public health issue, and some people’s mental health has been affected during these times, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many types of mental health professionals. While each has a slightly different specialty and scope of practice, their focus is on mental and emotional disorders and overall well-being.
For example, mental health counselors work with clients by listening to them and helping them find solutions and strategies to combat mental illness. They can also help patients learn to process and cope with previous experiences of trauma and abuse. In contrast, a psychiatrist also has the authority to prescribe medications and diagnose mental conditions.
Keeping It Professional
Therapists must maintain professional relationships with their clients. This includes following proper boundaries, such as keeping information confidential and focusing their interactions on the client’s needs. When therapists cross these boundaries, there is a greater risk for abuse.
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Therapy Abuse Situations: When Therapists Hurt Rather than Heal
When in therapy, clients are often vulnerable with the therapist. They are sharing personal information—often in a one-on-one setting. Therapists need to be trustworthy and not take advantage of their clients in this vulnerable state.
Exploiting a Client’s Emotions Through Transference
When a client goes to therapy, they are in a vulnerable position. They may be facing a number of mental health challenges, and they should be able to discuss those things openly without feeling unsafe. However, some therapists exploit this position of power that they hold over their clients in a therapy setting. Transference is one way they may abuse that power.
A client experiences transference when they start to project emotions from outside the clinical setting onto their therapist. This may lead them to believe that they have an intimate or sexual attraction to the provider. However, these feelings can naturally arise in a therapy setting—and a good therapist should know how to manage these feelings without crossing boundaries.
Therapists may exploit transference feelings, manipulating a client’s feelings for their own gain. As mentioned above, they may use transference to abuse a client sexually, financially, or emotionally. You shouldn’t have to face this abuse alone. Our attorneys can tell you about your legal options to hold the therapist responsible for the abuse.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get in a New York Therapy Abuse Case?
The exact amount you can get in compensation will depend on your situation. What specifically happened? What kind of harm and pain did the experience cause you? These are the kinds of questions our New York therapy abuse attorney will review with you before determining your case’s dollar value.
Compensation can help ease the burden of the abuse’s impact. When you consult with our attorney, they may be able to estimate how much compensation you can get in your therapy abuse case.
We will fight for the compensation you deserve. We won’t let you get lowballed. You deserve a fair financial recovery, and we are here to help you obtain it.
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How Can a Therapy Abuse Lawyer Help Me?
Our therapy abuse lawyer manages cases involving abuse in the therapist-client relationship. They understand the complexities these cases often involve, so they have additional insight into the issues your case may present.
When you consult with our therapy abuse lawyer, they will review the facts of your case to determine if you can file legal action for therapy abuse. They also will review your legal options and discuss possible compensation you could receive.
Should you decide to pursue legal action, our law firm can help you navigate your entire case. We can help you complete paperwork in the appropriate time frames so that you don’t miss any deadlines and answer your questions throughout the process.
Can I Afford a Therapy Abuse Lawyer?
A situation of abuse is hard enough to deal with on its own. It can be overwhelming to think about hiring a lawyer. However, at Jenner Law, we use a contingency-fee structure. This is a beneficial payment arrangement. If you win your case, we collect a certain percentage of the compensation to cover our legal fees. That way, you never pay out of pocket.
If we don’t help you recover compensation, you don’t owe us anything. We can discuss how this fee structure works during your initial consultation. Anyone can afford our services regardless of their financial situation.
We want to relieve your stress at this time, not add to it. All you must do is focus on your health and wellbeing; we’ll take care of everything else. There are no risks.
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Hear from Past Clients We Helped
At Jenner Law, we help clients nationwide with their personal injury cases. One of our focus areas is therapy abuse cases, and we are ready to help you. Other clients who have worked with us have been satisfied with our firm. Here’s what just a few of them have to say about their experiences:
- “Jenner Law has your back! They will fight for you with all they have and be sure to keep you up to date during the entire process. They are patient and understanding, answered any and all questions promptly day or night. You truly get the feeling that they actually care about you as an individual. You’re not just another case to them. Would highly recommend!” – [Identity hidden]
- “Jenner law firm was very professional throughout the entire process. They were very responsive and answered every question. They kept you updated every step of the way. I believe they were as passionate about my case as I was. I thank them for all of their hard work.” – [Identity hidden]
We Are Ready to Help: Get a Free Consultation Today
At Jenner Law, we are ready to help you with your therapy abuse case from start to finish. Our New York therapist abuse lawyer will work with you every step of the way. The process starts with your initial consultation.
A compassionate team member can review the information with you and determine if you have a case. From there, they can give you the advice you need to decide your next steps. You do not have to handle your case alone and shouldn’t. We have handled cases like this before and are ready to work for you now. Our team is proud to serve our clients in the New York area. Call us today for your free consultation.