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Should I tell my Therapist? - August 8th 2009, 02:15 AM

So I'm debating if I schould actually tell my therapist the way i'm felling (which is basically what I would call depressed because of faimly issues that are way out of my control i suggest reading my previous posts because if I wrote them out well it would be really long). I'm scared she'll have to tell my mom. And my mom will be like why did you not tell me this and I will be like I'm scared and then there goes her trusting me. (She has done this before). I know I should talk to her so I can make progress. But I don't know which way is better talking or not.

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Re: Should I tell my Therapist? - August 8th 2009, 02:51 AM

Usually, anything you tell a therapist they can not tell your parents.
Unless it involves any destructive behavior.

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Re: Should I tell my Therapist? - August 8th 2009, 05:13 AM

Hey there,

I'd definitely say tell your therapist what's going on. In order to best help you cope, she needs to know what you're coping with. Telling her that you're worried about your mom finding out, if your mom's response would sort of be counter-productive, might help, too.

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Re: Should I tell my Therapist? - August 8th 2009, 05:35 AM

Hey there,

I think you should tell your therapist; it might be really helpful. If you are concerned about her telling your mom you could always ask her what she has to keep confidential and what not. And, you could always do a what if scenario(I have done this loads of time with my therapists) say something like "what if this happened...would you have to tell?". That way your therapist would be able to tell you the truth and you wouldn't be telling her that it was you so she really couldn't tell.

I hope this helped and please hang in there.


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Re: Should I tell my Therapist? - August 8th 2009, 02:37 PM

Hi there Meg,

It is great to hear that you are seeing a therapist, it's good to hear that you have someone to go and talk to and someone who can support you.

To get the most out of seeing a therapist it is very important that you are honest with them so that they can help you. Your therapist won't be able to help you if she doesn't know what's wrong or how you are feeling. I realise that it can be very hard to open up to people and tell them how you are feeling but it is important to try and tell someone how you're feeling. If you have the support then you may aswell use it, Meg. Opening up to someone could be very beneficial to you.

It is normal to be scared that your parents may find out something, but there is no need to be nervous about it. Your therapist is bound by confidentiality and because you're 16, I doubt that there would be any problem. If you're still uncertain then you could simply ask your therapist for her confidentiality policy. Don't sacrifice getting help for fear that your mother may find out, Meg. Sometimes you need to put yourself first and this sounds like one of those times. If you want to talk to your mother too, you may want to try and do that. If not, then that's okay - you don't have to tell her anything. I think that talking to your therapist sounds like a good idea though Meg, you should really consider talking to her.

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