This post is a summary of what you, as a consumer, need to know when you decide to report your therapist to the licensing board.
Just as it is important to acknowledge the reality of abuse of clients in therapy, the next step in addressing this problem is to know various ways in which this type of abuse is perpetrated. The extent to which many consumers of therapy are unaware of basic rules of their providers’ professional conduct is stunning.
Many times I’ve been contacted by people, who were currently in therapy and wanted to know if their therapists were doing the work competently and/or ethically. Such questions arose out of concerns about the specific actions or non-actions made by the therapists that didn’t seem consistent with what people believed the normal therapy process should entail.
Many people don’t realize that just like they have the right to get a second opinion from a different medical doctor, they also have the right to get a second opinion from another therapist, if the one they are currently seeing doesn’t seem to be helpful. Some might ask: “Why not just change therapists?”