I asked her for feedback on my personality as I have social anxiety. At first she said that I needed to fix my hair and makeup as I looked rather drab. She then went on to say that I looked like a zombie, like a character on the Walking Dead. I have a minor disability due to nerve damage in my leg from a back injury and walk stiffly with a dragging leg. I felt that she was mocking my injury. I have become very upset by this and have even more difficulty with social anxiety that before. I wrote her an email terminating my therapy, saying that I did not appreciate being called a zombie. She wrote back and did not deny what she said: she said she was being honest and was sorry I made me feel bad.
No this is not grounds to sue your therapist. You asked for her opinion and she gave an honest opinion. There is no grounds to sue someone just for making you feel bad. The only time you can sue for emotional distress is when it is intentional AND outrageous. Outrageous means beyond anything any civilized person could bear. An example would be threatening a family member or lying about a death of a family member. There must also be some form of recognizable injury that results from the distress.
I am a Massachusetts attorney and answer questions based on Massachusetts law. The above answer is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney client relationship or constitute legal advice.
If you feel you can't continue with her, find another therapist. A lawsuit is not appropriate for a comment that makes you feel bad.
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