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Mistreatment

 

Mistreatment is a serious problem in all fields of medicine and psychotherapy. Mistreatment is also referred to as "malpractice.".

 

Mistreatment is an act or omission (sometimes called, negligence) by a therapist when they perform below the average standards-of-practice in the and which causes injury to the client. An "act" refers to something that the therapist did, while an "omission" refers to something that they should have done. Mistreatment may occur with or without either party being aware of it. It may be unintentional, an oversight, or it may be "malicious," or intentional.

Mistreatment can also refer to ineffective treatment. For example, many psychotherapists use ineffective approaches or interventions, they make premature conclusions, or they offer simplistic advice; some may be aloof, critical, condescending or even insulting (aka, "poor bedside manner"). Although it may be harder to argue malpractice in these types of situations, this kind of behavior by a psychotherapist is unethical and is a form or mistreatment. All clients should be treated with respect and psychotherapists must work hard to build trust and rapport with their clients - good rapport is a necessary foundation for therapeutic success.

Ineffective therapies may include EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), TFT (Though Field Therapy), Recovered Memory Therapy, or Holding Therapy (sometimes called, Attachment Therapy). These therapies have no scientific support - that is, either there are no studies showing that they work better than doing nothing, or there are no studies showing that they work significantly better than a placebo. Some practitioners, like Naturopaths, also practice non-scientific interventions, such as using EAV machines to point-out (not diagnose) health issues (not medical problems) and then they suggest (not order) certain dietary or lifestyle changes. Naturopaths and psychotherapists in Illinois do not need licensure and do not need to carry malpractice insurance. However, All of our providers are licensed by the Illinois Department of Professional & Financial Regulation and insured.

 

We use therapies which are based on scientific evidence, such as

Cognitive Behavioral Therpaies, Interpersonal Therapy, Marital Theray, Family Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and others.

 

How can you avoid mistreatment?

1. Voice concerns if you feel that your therapist is not addressing what is important to you,

2. Share your feelings about therapy or your therapist; don't be afraid to be direct or write a letter or email,

3. You can stop therapy if you feel that it may be ineffective, but you should probably share your concerns first,

4. Get a second opinion if you disagree with the diagnosis or treatment plan,

5. Share your feelings verbally or in writing with the provider if you feel that they are mistreating you,

6. Ask questions if you are unsure of the purpose of a specific technique or treatment,

7. Practices should offer some sort of consumer satisfaction surveys or client feedback,

8. You may complain to the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation if you feel that your provider did not address your   

     concenrs.

 

We abide by the code of ethics of our profession and the laws of the state in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems. Our code of ethics and the laws of the state are designed to ensure that client's recieve competent treatment. We treat our clients with the utmost respect. We do our best to inform them of the potential risks and benefits of therapy and of other important aspects of therapy.