After my divorce, I finally made the decision to find a therapist and heal from the childhood trauma that was, at times, making my life unmanageable in the present. I found a therapist online. He did not have negative and/or positive reviews and his license was in good standing. After a year of therapy, the boundaries became murky, and I had developed strong feelings for him. I verbalized my feelings to him and rather than address the transference that had transpired in therapy, my therapist chose to abuse his power over me for his own personal gains during a very vulnerable time in my life. This relationship became unbearably painful and feelings of despair emerged, at times feeling hopeless. Deciding that something was not right, I began to look online for answers and came across Therapy Exploitation Link Line (TELL) an online support and advocacy group run by volunteers who have all been abused by a mental health care provider. It was through this organization that I realized that I was not in a loving relationship but one of abuse and power.
I am now an advocate for victims of therapy abuse and volunteer as a Responder for TELL. You can read more about my story here.
It is my hope that the information provided on this site will allow you to understand that what has happened to you (or to someone you know) is not your fault, that you are not alone and that you can move forward and heal from therapy abuse.
Lisa Grover, MSOT