I was at my therapy office yesterday for a much needed therapy appointment, I'm in crisis now. I'm in the waiting room as normally, I'm wearing sunglasses to try to hide the tears I'm about to start shedding and my anxiety is at 100%. Then this woman walks in and says have you seen a phone? I say no. She went in back with a therapist. I went to use the restroom because I'm trying to control my anxiety but never found it. I come back in the waiting room and there are 2 other people in the chairs and that previous woman with her children and a therapist. The woman is making comments about the police coming in and questioning everyone, and the people in the rooms. The therapist said that would be a confidentiality
issue, the only smart thing she did. This woman starts asking us in the waiting room to empty out our pockets and show her ID, and a therapist stood there. So at this point my anxiety is through the roof! So I leave to use the rest room but really to get air and out of that space, but that woman followed me. I come back in and sit down and wait for a bit but can have no more.
I talk to that therapist and told her I had to leave, left my name and number for my therapist to call me.
I walk out the door and am followed by that woman in the waiting room. At this point I'm actually fearing that she's going to attack me, I do martial arts and I'm thinking what will be the best way to put her down without hurting her. This woman is berating me and I'm fearful, As she's looking in my car windows, tugging at the door handles going through items in my car. I get in my car and she stands behind it, not letting me leave. I started to back up. She move a bit then stop, and I'd stop, and we do it again, repeat.
It never should have gotten that far!
So that woman called the police because she lost her phone. Now at this point I left the office. I get a phone call today while I'm in a crisis appointment with my psychiatrist, she feels that incident brought up my PTSD.
That call was from the police department about the woman's phone. The only way they could of gotten my name and number, because my therapist does not keep any of my records at that office is that the therapist I gave my name and number to, gave my information to the police.
I'm angry that they did not provide a safe place where I could wait in peace.
I'm angry that I feel all the PTSD feelings again
I'm angry that a therapist stood and watched the woman follow my into the bathroom and out to my car with out intervening.
I'm angry they gave out my information with out my consent.
I already had to have 2 emergency therapy sessions today.
Is there any recourse that I can take?