The Phenomena of False Accusations Against Therapists

Guy Yeadon, a well-respected counselor in Austin, TX, has been falsely accused of unethical conduct by Michelle’s husband on a website that he created. It defames Mr. Yeadon by telling lies about how he treated Michelle in counseling her. In fact, Michelle fell in love with Guy Yeadon, which upset her husband, Kirby Vogler, and led him to create the website.

According to Physcotherapeutic Magazine: “A false accusation can be functionally defined as an allegation in which it is impossible to establish a direct and clear causal link between the therapist’s actions (or inactions) and damage claimed or sustained by the client. It is often not possible to establish, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the therapist’s activities were exploitative. Since allegations of professional misconduct are so serious and so potentially devastating to the professional, a rigorous burden of proof is essential.”

“The most puzzling aspect of the false accusation cases I have reviewed as a consultant and expert witness is that the clients seem actually to believe what they are saying against the therapist is true. There is apparently good faith in their efforts to prosecute the therapist as the perpetrator of their damage. There is also a seemingly genuine belief that the therapist actually did exploit a client when there is no clear evidence of either damage or exploitation by the therapist.”