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Unfortunately, in a situation like this, in the same way that a patient can "fire" their therapist and go to another one, the therapist has the right to "fire" the patient for whatever reason they choose to do so. A patient can't be forced to see a specific therapist and a therapist can't be forced to see a specific patient.
If they are having problems being compensated for their efforts or treatment, then that would be an understandable reason why they would choose to terminate any services.
So to answer your question directly, no, this wouldn't be considered malpractice for them terminating your services due to payment issues.
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You are very welcome. I am not an expert on medical ethics as I am not a doctor, so I would have to defer to the psychologist if they feel that the previous therapist violated some type of medical ethics rules. But ethical rules aren't laws and while they could result in some type of sanctions from any medical licensing board, that wouldn't necessarily give grounds to a cause of action for malpractice if the therapist was professionally treating you up until the time that they made the decision to terminate services. Terminating services doesn't equal malpractice. Providing poor services or unprofessional services or improper services could be malpractice, but ending the relationship due to financial reasons wouldn't rise to the level of malpractice in my opinion.
But opinions vary and you might be able to locate a local medical malpractice attorney who felt that this was malpractice enough to take on the case and file suit for some type of damages..