Therapists are supposed to help their clients, steering them towards a strong mental and emotional well-being. However, therapists can take advantage of their clients and commit abuse.
After experiencing any abuse from any therapist, you can take legal action. A San Diego therapy abuse lawyer from Jenner Law can help you with your case.
Healthy Boundaries in the Therapist-Client Relationship
Therapists have a distinct role in their clients’ mental and emotional health. However, therapy sessions put clients in a vulnerable position. For example, they often share personal information and meet with therapists one-on-one.
Therapists must maintain healthy boundaries in their relationships with their clients. For example, they need to make sure they behave appropriately in and out of any therapy sessions. Therapists must also:
- Keep your information confidential: Except in extreme cases, therapists should not be sharing your personal information with other people. This breaks trust in the therapist-client relationship.
- Sit an appropriate distance from you during sessions: A therapist should help you feel comfortable during your sessions, maintaining a respectful distance.
- Professionally run sessions: Your sessions should usually happen during regular business hours and over a specific time frame.
- Maintain a professional attitude outside of sessions: A therapist should not be contacting you or seeking to foster a friendship outside of the therapy setting. Doing so is unprofessional. Any sexual relationship between a therapist and a client is also highly inappropriate.
- Focus sessions on you and your needs: Therapists can sometimes share things about themselves. This openness can help to establish trust. However, the focus of sessions should be on helping you.
Any time a therapist breaches boundaries, it can harm their clients. Instances of abuse severely break therapist boundaries.
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Types of Abuse in the Therapist-Client Relationship
The relationship between a client and a therapist is delicate. A therapist holds authority over their clients as the expert and consultant. They can take advantage of their client’s vulnerability and abuse them.
Types of abuse that may occur include:
- Mental and emotional abuse: Therapists might manipulate you. They may be verbally abusive, and their actions can cause mental and emotional damage.
- Physical abuse: Any action from a therapist that causes you physical pain or harm is abusive.
- Sexual abuse: This can include actions like inappropriate touch or forced sexual acts.
- Exploitation: This could include forcing you to pay them excessive amounts of money or providing gifts in exchange for services. You should not feel like you have to do specific things to get a therapist to help you.
Understand that abuse is never okay and that you can get help after experiencing it. You can heal, and you have legal options available.
Your Legal Options After Experiencing Therapy Abuse
Your legal options will depend on the specifics of your situation. Some cases of abuse warrant a criminal investigation. Your therapist may face imprisonment or other lawful punishment. Any criminal case can help ensure that the therapist doesn’t hurt anyone else.
There is also the option to file a lawsuit in civil court. A civil lawsuit can help you get compensation for any damages you experienced. Often, what you will need to prove in a civil case is less than what you would need to prove in a criminal case.
Consulting with a therapy abuse attorney at our firm can help you understand what legal options are available.
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How a Therapy Abuse Lawyer on Our Team Serving San Diego Can Help You
The legal process can be confusing. Maybe you are feeling overwhelmed after your experience. Our therapy abuse lawyers understand the specific laws and limitations that apply to situations like yours. They can offer legal counsel so you can make an informed decision.
They will also:
- Review your case to determine what happened between you and your therapist
- Go over your legal options with you
- Answer any questions you may have about therapy abuse cases
- Help you meet any deadlines for filing a lawsuit
- Foster communication between you and any involved parties
- Gather evidence to support any claims
- Represent you in any legal proceedings
We provide these services to pursue the compensation you need to heal from this experience. You could recover damages for past and future medical bills and wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish, among other losses.
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How Much It Costs to Have Jenner Law Represent You
The last thing you need to be worried about is legal costs. You might be feeling overwhelmed about the costs of hiring a lawyer. If you are dealing with trauma, you need to focus your efforts on healing.
At Jenner Law, we only get paid if we help you get compensation. You have the financial freedom to explore your legal options with us before taking any legal action.
We Have Helped Others, and We Can Help You Too
At Jenner Law, we are proud to serve our clients in the San Diego area. We have helped others with their cases, and we can help you too. Here’s what just a couple of our clients have had to say about us:
“Jenner Law Firm was absolutely amazing from start to finish. Jake and Taylor were easy to get in contact with and responded very quickly. There were times I would get frustrated and they were very patient. I appreciate everything they did for me. Thank you both!” – Crystal
“Highly Recommended! Great communication throughout each step in the process. Frequent updates provided. Questions were answered within a days time. Explanations were clear and concise. Professional and friendly staff.” -Dena
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You are not alone. Jenner Law is ready to help you with your therapy abuse case. We want to help you take the best course of legal action.
Call us today at (888) 585-2188 for a free consultation. We are ready to answer your questions and help you move forward.