It doesn’t make sense. You pay a lot of money (or use up your insurance “bank account”) to your therapist – and you don’t tell them what’s really on your mind. You may not even tell them the main reason you are in therapy and just offer a “side” issue for them to focus on!
The above scenario is more common than one might think.
People have many reasons for not confiding fully in their therapists. Shame or embarassment. Fear. Lack of trust. And I argue that it isn’t always a bad thing, not every aspect of your life must be shared with your therapist. However, not speaking to your therapist about a mental/emotional health issue or addiction can be self-defeating.
In this interesting PsychCentral article about eating disorders, it is acknowledged that people with eating disorders don’t always tell their therapists that they have them.
Have you hidden a mental/emotional health issue or an addiction from your therapist?
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Last reviewed: 15 Feb 2011