Was this ethical of my (ex)therapist?

goosegoose

Learning
Hey all, I hope you're doing well

I was recently terminated by surprised, through email, then ghosted by my now ex therapist. It completely blindsided me but looking back, it was the best thing that could have happened for me. There were a fair amount of red flags.

But the red flag I'm ultra confused about still - when I looked up reviews on google for this therapist before meeting, I noticed nothing but 5 star ratings. I thought to myself "cool! seems good to me" but upon further research/digging (not hard at all, very public) I found out that every single 5 star rating was from this therapists own family. IE: her husband (same last name, works together, he would message me when she was "out sick"), her mom, and a couple of her friends. There are only 5 star reviews from these people and no one else.

Is it normal or even okay for a therapist to have family and friends submit fake good reviews?

She originally told me that she worked under a supervisor but then I found out last night that she owns the entire business. Do therapists who own their own clinic have to report to supervisors still?

All in all, I'm just very confused. I did find a very professional replacement for her and I'm extremely grateful because I think I'll be able to find closure. But there are so many questions that are BUGGING me/don't sit right

Thanks for reading :(
Goose 🦆
 

barefoot

Sponsor
I’m glad you’re in a good place with your new T and that she is showing up well @goosegoose

Your ex-T sounds like a piece of work, to say the least. You certainly have not been dumb in any way about this. She has been unprofessional and unethical. She sounds like a shitty therapist, to be honest, for all the reasons you’ve mentioned. Shame on her when she’s working with vulnerable, wounded people who are looking to her to help.
 

SallyO

New Here
Hey all, I hope you're doing well

I was recently terminated by surprised, through email, then ghosted by my now ex therapist. It completely blindsided me but looking back, it was the best thing that could have happened for me. There were a fair amount of red flags.

But the red flag I'm ultra confused about still - when I looked up reviews on google for this therapist before meeting, I noticed nothing but 5 star ratings. I thought to myself "cool! seems good to me" but upon further research/digging (not hard at all, very public) I found out that every single 5 star rating was from this therapists own family. IE: her husband (same last name, works together, he would message me when she was "out sick"), her mom, and a couple of her friends. There are only 5 star reviews from these people and no one else.

Is it normal or even okay for a therapist to have family and friends submit fake good reviews?

She originally told me that she worked under a supervisor but then I found out last night that she owns the entire business. Do therapists who own their own clinic have to report to supervisors still?

All in all, I'm just very confused. I did find a very professional replacement for her and I'm extremely grateful because I think I'll be able to find closure. But there are so many questions that are BUGGING me/don't sit right

Thanks for reading :(
Goose 🦆
Ghosting you and termination over email is outrageous as are fake reviews. I would report this guy to the State Psychologist's Board.
 
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