Filing a Complaint with the Board of Psychology
- explains how to file a complaint against a psychologist, psychological assistant, or registered psychologist,
- describes the review and investigation process, and
- lists the types of actions the Board may take in response to a complaint.
Who May File a Complaint?
What Types of Complaints Does the Board Handle?
- sexual contact with a patient
- violating the patient's confidentiality
- providing services for which the individual has not been trained or licensed
- drug abuse
- fraud or other crimes
- false advertising
- paying or accepting payment for patient referral
- unprofessional, unethical, or negligent acts
- focusing therapy on the licensee's/registrant's own problems, rather than the patient's
- serving in multiple roles, i.e., having social relationships with patients, lending them money, employing them, etc.
What Types of Complaints Are Outside the Board's Jurisdiction?
How Do I File a Complaint?
- Your complaint may be filed electronically.
Click here for the California Board of Psychology's On-line Consumer Complaint Form
- You may wish to download a complaint form for submission by mail.
To obtain this form,
- Download the Consumer Complaint Form and print it.
- Complete, sign and mail the form to:
- Board Of Psychology
- 1625 North Market Street, Suite N-215, Sacramento, CA 95834
- Sacramento CA 95834
How Will My Complaint Be Processed?
Referral to Attorney General
Should I Report Unlicensed Practice to the Board?
Are Psychologists Required to Report Unprofessional Conduct by Colleagues?