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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