Therapy Abuse Attorneys
Mental health practitioners have the ability to help people struggling with life’s extraordinary challenges. This is especially true now – during the COVID pandemic – when stressors are magnified by the inability to find healthy outlets with family and friends.
But along with the power to heal, so too do therapists have the ability to inflict great harm if they abuse the trust placed in them. Their position of authority combined with the vulnerability of their patients creates the potential for countless forms of abuse, exploitation, and misconduct. The damage inflicted on patients through such misconduct can be lasting and irreversible.
Jenner Law fights for the rights of victims of therapist abuse. We understand the significant harm that stems from therapist abuse, and we know firsthand the doubts and difficulties that victims of such abuse face. We understand the transference phenomena and the power imbalance that transference creates. While other attorneys may want to blame the patient for what might look to the outside world as a consensual relationship, we understand that a romantic relationship between a therapist and patient cannot be consensual and is inherently exploitive.
How Do I Know If I Have A Case Against My Therapist?
Therapists have a responsibility for patients’ emotional and psychological well-being. Patients transfer perceptions and feelings, without realizing it, toward therapists in a manner similar to how a child interacts with a parent. Defined as the transference phenomena, it puts the therapist in a powerful position and leaves the patient vulnerable. Abuse of transference may involve the improper prescription of drugs, a sexual relationship, psychological abuse, or physical abuse.
Psychotherapy boundaries often also include:
- Sitting at a reasonable distance from the patient
- No physical contact other than a handshake or nonsexual hug
- Sessions lasting for set periods of time in the office
- No intentional contact outside of the office
- Focus on the patient and the patient’s problems at all times
- No revelation of intimate information from the therapist to the patient
- No business, sexual, social or personal relationship with the patient other than psychotherapy
If these general parameters are violated, the therapist may have breached his or her boundaries.
No matter the type of injuries you have suffered at the hands of your therapist, we can help you.
Katie Kerner: Recognized Leader In Her Field
Kathleen (Katie) Kerner is the firm’s senior associate, concentrating her practice on complex pharmaceutical and medical device cases. Katie actively works on the firm’s metal-on-metal hip, Essure, Zofran, and testosterone litigations, among others. Katie also litigates the firm’s personal injury cases in state and federal court.
The United States District Court for the District of Maryland appointed Katie to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee of the Smith & Nephew Orthopedic Hip Implant MultiDistrict Litigation (MDL). Katie also chairs the MDL’s Initial Trial Committee that is responsible for the identification and selection of the first cases to proceed to trial. Katie’s responsibilities extend to assisting in the litigation of the initial trial cases and negotiating discovery issues for the initial trial cases.