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4 reasons why clients do not share with their therapists

Clients sometimes do not share information with their therapists because of four main reasons:

  • Fear of not being understood or believed. Clients were not believed in the past and they are fearful to not be believed again, which could hurt them further.
    • C: If you break a leg, everyone sees it, but when you have something invisible no one believes you and you can't say this to anyone.
  • The client is concerned or scared about what could happen if a thought or a feeling is verbalised.
    • C: I think what people could think of me? I fear being sick in front of someone, what could they think of me? Is it paranoia?
    • C: ‘I could go crazy’
    • C: ‘I could be sectioned’
  • The client perceives the therapist as incapable of handling an emotion or experience.
    • C: ‘My problem was so big that even the therapist couldn't deal with it’.
  • Thoughts or feelings are unavailable.
    • C: Do you remember when you asked me if I could remember any painful emotional experience and I said no, well actually I don’t know how it is possible but I couldn’t remember something very important.

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Written by Umberto Crisanti, BABCP (Accred): Psychotherapist and CBT Supervisor

I am trained in a broad range of therapeutic approaches, my extensive studies have enabled me to create a flexible style of working to meet individual client needs, making use of Integrative Counselling, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CFS (Compassion Focus Therapy) and mindfulness resources.… Read more

Written by Umberto Crisanti, BABCP (Accred): Psychotherapist and CBT Supervisor

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