Help for Your Therapist

By admin / December 3, 2007
By: Jennifer Baxt
Category: Psychology

Many people seek out therapists for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps you have issues dealing with stress. It could be that you have trouble in a relationship, or you might even have issues from your past that are affecting your future. Sometimes, you may just need to talk - and a therapist will make that very easy for you. But there is one problem that many therapists face - not all clients are completely honest with them.

Complete honesty is vital when talking with your therapist. They can't help you if they don't know the truth about what is going on, or how you feel about it. We have been conditioned, as humans, to keep information that we deem private to ourselves, but in the course of working with your therapist, this only serves to make matters worse in many cases, and doesn't help at all.

This doesn't mean that you are likely to walk into the therapist's office and tell outright lies! It means that you may not be totally forthcoming with the truth, simply because you are afraid to let others know your personal business. When this happens, it may lead the therapist to believe that things are completely different than what they actually are, in terms of events or feelings that are affecting your life.

You don't have to worry about what you tell your therapist. These professionals are bound by laws and ethics that prevent them from telling other people your secrets. You are not conversation for their dinner table. Furthermore, they won't judge you.

What they may do when you are honest with them, however, is to ensure that you receive the proper type of therapy. They may even discover that you need a different professional to help you with your problem, depending on what the problem is. A great deal can be gained by being honest with your therapist.

Furthermore, there is a great deal to be saved when you are honest with your therapist. If you are honest about what is going on, and how you feel from the outset, you will find that the therapy that you require doesn't take nearly as long as it might have if you were not completely honest from the beginning. This in turn saves you money - not to mention time.

So, when you visit your therapist, relax, and be prepared to be completely open and honest with them. Tell them everything - and answer their questions to the best of your ability. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain! The fact is, if you can't be honest with your professional therapist, you probably have a hard time being honest with others - including yourself.

Jennifer B. Baxt, LMHC, LMFT offers online audio/video counseling as well as works with children, individuals, couples, geriatric patients, depression, bipolor, anxiety and substance abuse.Jennifer B. Baxt, LMHC, LMFT offers online audio/video counseling as well as works with children, individuals, couples, geriatric patients, depression, bipolor, anxiety and substance abuse. Please contact jennifer@completecounselingsolutions.com or http://www.completecounselingsolutions.com for any further information.



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