Psychiatry Expert Witnesses Opine On Boundary Crossing In Therapy

Dover, DE, psychiatrist Gregory Villabona is expected to dispute the suspension of his Delaware medical license and controlled prescription privileges.  In 2002, Villabona pleaded guilty in Maryland to one count of a third-degree sexual offense which is a felony, and one count of fourth-degree sexual offense, a misdemeanor.  Twenty-eight additional charges were dropped following a plea agreement. Going back to 2003, Villabona  (License Number C1-0004007) has six disciplinary actions with the Delaware Division of Professional Regulation, the most recent being a temporary suspension starting March 19, 2018. Complaints describe Villabona as prescribing opioids to patients with little or none of the medical records required. The DOJ’s complaint also describes Villabona giving a patient a handgun and switchblade.

In the abstract for Sex Between Therapists and Clients, Kenneth S. Pope, Ph.D., ABPP, tells us:

Extensive research has led to recognition of the extensive harm that therapist-client sex can produce. Nevertheless, research suggests that perpetrators account for about 4.4% of therapists (7% of male therapists; 1.5% of female therapists) when data from national studies are pooled.

A psychiatrist may be liable for medical malpractice in the event that their treatment harms a patient. In order to succeed in a psychiatric malpractice case, the patient must prove a doctor-patient relationship, that negligence took place, and that the negligence caused harm. The psychiatry expert witness is experienced in analyzing allegations of misconduct and providing a professional opinion on whether the medical standard of care was breached. When a psychiatrist violates boundaries with a patient, significant damage to the client’s mental health, emotional health, and general well-being can result. Psychiatry expert witnesses are knowledgeable on federal and state law and can give unbiased opinions on what the proper course of conduct should have been under the circumstances. Contact ELITE Medical Experts to be connected with a top-tier expert handpicked to fit the fact pattern in your case.

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