I highly recommend that anyone considering filing a complaint against their therapist—whether it’s a civil complaint, criminal complaint or licensing complaint—first consult with an attorney who specializes in handling therapist abuse cases. These complaints can significantly impact each other. For example, pursuing a licensing complaint or a criminal complaint can, under certain circumstances, have a negative effect on a patient’s ability to recover damages in a civil case. (For more information on this, please read John Winer’s article about therapist abuse and therapist malpractice cases. See below for the link.)
Since it can be difficult to find an attorney who specializes in therapist abuse cases, don’t feel discouraged if you can’t find one in your area. Broaden your search to include attorneys who specialize in clergy abuse, sexual abuse or date rape.
The attorneys listed on this page all handle therapist and/or clergy abuse cases. If you do not see an attorney listed for your state, call one of the people listed and ask if they can offer you a referral for someone in your area.
Many attorneys offer free consultation, so do not hesitate to call for information.
Therapist Abuse and Therapist Malpractice Cases – articles by John Winer, partner at Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP
Boundary Violations and Malpractice Litigation: Understanding Litigation from the Plaintiff’s Side – Stanley J. Spero, JD and Philip L. Cohen, JD
This article is available on the SJ Spero and Associates website (see below) and was published in Psychiatric Times Vol. 25 No. 4, April 1, 2008.
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Lawyers who Specialize in Therapist and/or Clergy Abuse
or who have been recommended by readers
Audrey H. Bedolis, Esq.
Offices in New York
Law Offices of Betti & Associates
Offices in California, New York, Illinois, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Hawaii
Law Offices of Joseph C. George, Ph.D.
Offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles, California
Megan Lyons – Lyons Law
Offices in Florida
Although she does not specialize in therapist abuse, Megan is well versed in the study of narcissism and narcissistic abuse. She has also created an online course (available through the website) to help her clients both in and out of court cope with the emotional and psychological trauma that pathological narcissism manifests in the lives of target survivors.
John D. Winer – Winer, McKenna & Burritt, LLP
Offices in San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles, California
If you have a lawyer you would like to recommend, please comment or use the form on the Contact page to send me a private email.
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Victim Rights Law Center – serving Massachusetts
The Victim Rights Law Center is the first law center in the nation dedicated solely to advocating for the civil legal needs of sexual assault survivors. The VRLC provides direct legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault in Massachusetts. If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, we believe you have the right to make your own choices about how to respond to what has happened to you. Our goal is to give sexual assault victims information regarding their civil legal needs to reclaim their lives.