How To Deal With Therapy Abuse

By Lucia Weeks


There are many unreported cases of therapists who abuse their clients in the line of duty. This experience is traumatizing because it signals broken trust. A therapist is expected to guide you into good health and safety. Therapy abuse happens when certain actions go beyond what is considered professional. Every procedure should be geared towards your best interest.

The security and safety that come with therapy should not translate into dual relationship with the therapist. Even as you respect the guidance and opinion of the therapist, professional boundaries must be maintained. Adults are abused as much as children are. This level of vulnerability requires quick action to save the victim from long lasting damage and loss of personal confidence.

Abusive professionals are both male and female. Sexual exploitation is the most common form with minors being at the greatest risk. Failure to report the cases or seek alternative assistance may send the victim to hospital due to depression with numerous cases of attempted suicide and actual suicide.

Clients are advised to clearly understand their expectations and the treatment method. Your gut feelings will tell you if something is wrong. In such a case, make a quick decision to stop and seek the services from another person or an alternative procedure. Full knowledge and a second opinion gives you a clear picture of what to expect.

It is easy to spot unprofessional conduct by your therapist. Therapists who discuss personal matters, sensitive topics and personal lives are unethical and possibly abusive. You should quit if the initial sessions feel violating and abusive. It prevents the situation from getting out of hand.

A session with your therapist should not result in a feeling of shame, intimidation, degradation or humiliation. It is supposed to lead to healing and relief. Therapists who make suggestive and erotic comments should be avoided. Acts like winking, kissing, hugging or sexual intercourse are abusive.

A therapist should not pressure you into decisions or activities that are uncomfortable. Text messages, calls, emails and meetings must remain within office space, hours and professional conduct. Compliments should be in appreciation of better health or improvement and not directed to personal attributes. Personal space must be respected under all circumstances.

Regardless of the fact that you need assistance, it must remain at professional level. Avoid a scenario or therapist who makes you feel like you need him or her instead of his professional services. Some make it appear like only he or she can solve your problem. Evaluate the anxiety that comes whenever you miss a session. It could indicate unhealthy dependence.

A close friend, spouse or parent should be the first person to run to. There are therapy exploitation websites and organization to help you overcome the challenge. The sites give you link to resourceful individuals or crucial information to help you deal with it. It is advisable to talk to another therapist. The legal channels available include reporting to the police, attorney as well as filing a complaint with his or her professional body. Even the slightest violation should be reported.




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