20 Things Your Therapist Won’t Tell You
Nowadays, about half of Americans seek treatment from a therapist to help them with a variety of issues in their lives. Anyone who tells you that you don’t need a therapist, or that you should just work it out on your own, is wrong. Maybe you’ve had a traumatic break up, or are struggling with mental health issues — a therapist can help with both of those things. Primarily, a therapist is there to help you clarify your feelings, and can help you make educated decisions about your future actions.
However, there are a few things that they might not tell you during your sessions. Here are a few of them, so you can go into your first appointment prepared.
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They will talk about your case with others
During your first appointment, you probably signed a confidentiality waiver with your therapist, where they laid out how they will protect your privacy. However, even if you did sign this, you can be sure that even the most diligent therapist discusses the details of your case at some point with someone else — maybe a spouse, or a colleague.
However, you can rest assured that an ethical therapist will keep your personal details anonymous.
Not everything is completely confidential
In the confidentiality waiver, you may not have noticed the fine print that states that although they will keep the details of your case confidential, they are obligated to tell law enforcement under certain specific circumstances.
If your therapist reasonably believes that what you are saying indicates that you are a threat to yourself or others, they can contact law enforcement. This includes crimes that have already been committed.
When you first start, they may not know if they can help you
Many therapists admit that when patients first start, they may not know 100% whether they can be helpful or not. That doesn’t mean they won’t try, but if you’re looking for an enthusiastic assurance of whether their help will ‘cure’ you, they can’t honestly give it.
If a therapist enthusiastically promises that they have a 100% success rate, be wary.