The notion that psychotherapy can harm may be novel to the lay public and the professionals alike, or so it seems due to the lack of a broad public discussion of this issue. Nevertheless, people do get harmed in psychotherapy, and those instances are not as uncommon as we would like to think.
Unlike the cases of medical malpractice, the cases when therapy harms are not discussed broadly enough to be known to the general public, and that is for several reasons. Firstly, the harm received in psychotherapy is very difficult to prove in most cases,
This article is re-posted from http://disequilibrium1.wordpress.com/ with the author’s permission. It describes one woman’s account in therapy that led her to question the entire psychotherapy approach.
An interview with Marina Tonkonogy, LMFT about ways to avoid getting abused in psychotherapy (by Jaleh Weber, Yahoo! Contributor Network)