False Accusations Against Therapists: Why Are They Escalating?

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It is becoming very common these days for patients to accuse their doctors or therapists of abuse falsely.

Guy Yeadon, a well-respected counselor in Austin, TX, has been falsely accused by his patient Michelle Vogler who admits to falling in love with Guy. A website was written by her husband, Kirby Vogler, and Michelle admits to falling in love with Guy and telling him. Guy told Michelle that it was common for patients to fall in love with their therapist but that he couldn’t let her continue if she had feelings for him.

IPT Journal states, “Over the past five years, I have reviewed more than 40 psychotherapy cases in which clients have made serious accusations against their therapists. Since, in most instances, the therapists sought consultation after the disaster had occurred, I could only empathize with them, offer some possible explanations for what had gone wrong, and wish them luck in their ongoing struggle to survive the damaging ravages of the accusation.”

Why a patient would falsely accuse their therapist often lies in the patient’s previous mental illness.

According to psychotherapyonline.org: “These wounded people have massed a lifetime of experiences regarding what kinds of relational situations are alluring and what kinds are damaging. They have accumulated a lifetime of experiences in denying and projecting the blame onto those who would attempt to relate to them in emotionally connecting ways. The therapist is simply the next target for this lifetime experience of longing, fear, and blame.”