Therapy Abuse Awareness and Education

Fellow activist and blogger, Yumers from Jumpstarting a Life with a Little Spark to the Head posted a link to this article, Finding the Right Psychiatrist, today. It’s so important to make our search for the right health care practitioner a priority, be it mental health, psychiatry, counseling, etc. This article is timely to me as I have been researching therapist abuse and discussing it some on WEGO Health. I posted a discussion there called “Therapist Abuse: It Can Happen” just yesterday.

It really is a nightmare to even think of experiencing abuse in this kind of relationship. Having a high quality psychiatrist, therapist and/or counselor can be absolutely key to healing. Having one that is unethical and abusive can have long-term negative effects. Abuse by a therapist isn’t very easy to define, it may be less obvious and harder to distinguish.

For this reason I link to the Treatment Abuse Checklist posted on the blog Surviving Therapist Abuse.

While this is not the norm, I believe we all need to be aware and empowered so that if a negative or abusive situation were to arise we can be prepared to recognize it and handle it as best as we can.

I hope that you will share this post so that others will know that they are not alone if they are experiencing therapist abuse and so that we can all protest ourselves with education.

Additional resources:

How to Deal with an Abusive Therapist or Mental Health Professional

TELL: Therapy Exploitation Link Line


7 thoughts on “Therapy Abuse Awareness and Education

  1. Thanks for posting this! I’d like to find out more about what we can actually do to create more public awareness of therapy abuse as well! It seems that there are plenty of “us” out here…( who have experienced)all
    different kinds of therapy abuse yet from what I’ve experience it is a “sweep it under the rug attitude” and “blame the mental health client” regardless of the type.
    Here a link to my blog
    and I’ll post the link to your blog on mine

    • Thank you for reading and impressing upon the world the importance of this topic with your comment. It is something I believe we need to be more proactive about and work to raise awareness about it, so less people feel as if their needs and rights are being “swept under the rug”. Thank you for sharing. I look forward to checking out your blog!

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