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Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl

Posted by Maria01 on September 6, 2007, at 19:43:11

In reply to My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG, posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 19:12:37

Your T isn't a liar as much as she is bound by law to protect the confidentiality of those who see her. A T can't disclose the names of any other clients to anyone, except for the insurance company, family members if the client is a minor, or to a person that the client authorizes for disclosure. This also includes past clients like your co-worker.

If your T were to voluntarily say "Oh, yeah. I remember your co-worker X, she used to see me." your T could lose her license.

Just a little FYI.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl

Posted by DAisym on September 6, 2007, at 19:53:10

In reply to My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG, posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 19:12:37

I'm pretty sure what you meant when you said "I get this" is that you understand that your therapist is bound legally and ethically. But yeah, it would give me pause too. We think we can read them and this tells you we can't always. Which is good and bad, right?

I think it is important to bring it up and clear the air about it. I know you talked to her about finding this out but the deeper question of "are you hiding anything from me that I might need to know or be concerned about -- like feelings of..." is a fair one to ask. I tell my children all the time, "don't lie to me about stupid things because then I won't trust you with the important stuff." Anything weird like this can shake trust, no matter how justifiable or necessary.

My guess is that most therapists get really good at not reacting. We can say just about anything and they are very good at splitting their minds - the front they show us says, "say more about that" and the in the back they are thinking, "uh-oh! or crap! or where the hell did that come from?"

It must be hard to be a therapist sometimes.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG Maria01

Posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 19:54:06

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl, posted by Maria01 on September 6, 2007, at 19:43:11

Yeah, I know all that and I'm really okay with that aspect. It's just the little voice in the back of my head that says I should have picked up SOMETHING in her body language. I have known her for 22 years, after all. So it's just a little scary that I didn't pick up anything at all.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl

Posted by RealMe on September 6, 2007, at 20:12:53

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG Maria01, posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 19:54:06

I think it means she is a darn good therapist. When I was doing therapy with patients, this happened once, and I never gave any inkling to the person that I knew who s/he was talking about. Realy can't. The fact that she showed no reaction, etc, is a good thing as it means if someone comes along to talk about you to her as their therapist (for example), that person will not have a clue in the world from the therapist that she sees you too.

So, my vote is she is NOT a good liar. She is a good therapist.

RealMe
(Oz)

P.S. Others are right too saying she could lose her license if she acknowledged you or the other person to each other.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG DAisym

Posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 20:20:57

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl, posted by DAisym on September 6, 2007, at 19:53:10

EXACTLY. My rational, adult self understands exactly what happened here and is even relieved that she's so discreet.

But the OTHER part of me is screaming, "WAIT, just a minute. Shouldn't I have picked up on that?"

So it's very frustrating. I probably will bring it up with her next week. Tonight, when she was talking about all the possible issues I might have with it (and no, she didn't hit on the one issue I actually have), I looked down at the love seat I was sitting on and there was an ant -- the 2nd one I had seen during my session. So I interrupted her with, "You've got ants." She cut herself off, took a long look at me and then just burst out laughing. When she could actually talk again, she said, "I guess you don't want to talk about this anymore." I assured her that I did, indeed, hope to talk about this ad nauseum but THERE WERE ANTS IN HER OFFICE. LOL It was a pretty funny exchange.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG RealMe

Posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 20:21:52

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl, posted by RealMe on September 6, 2007, at 20:12:53

Thanks for the excellent reframing, Oz. And I mostly believe that. It's just that niggling little thought...

But thanks.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG

Posted by Honore on September 6, 2007, at 20:42:04

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG RealMe, posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 20:21:52

It's a shame that you;re in such an uncomfortable and awkward position, but I'm sure you and your T can work out a way of dealing with the feelings you have about her knowing your friend.

Oz is really right-- just as she protected your friend, she can protect you-- and really-- we all tell and don't tell certain things to others-- without lying. This is of course a particularly important fact-- but then where would/could it stop? You know that your T knows this person-- but it's still something that she can't talk about-- or comment on-- if you talk about your friend-- so is she lying about that? I mean, it's just one of those unfair situations-- where you have to negotiate a coincidence that feels odd-- and unnatural. Because of course, usually if a friend knows a friend-- you'll know about it-- and often shape your comments accordingly. But you don't have to do that-- or wouldn't want to-- with your T-- and by the same token-- that it's not a usual relationship-- your T can't divulge anything about you or your friend to the other. So it's not something you're used to--

I'm glad Oz's comments helped-- I'm sure your T has privately been wishing at times that she didn't have this secret-- herself.

But it's great that you have a friend, and coworker, who can understand your feelings about being in therapy (not the part about sharing Ts, but the whole thing)-- and support you. So I guess there is a silver lining to the cloud-- or maybe eventually this will seem like a small cloud in a basically blue sky.

Honore

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl

Posted by RealMe on September 6, 2007, at 20:44:09

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG RealMe, posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 20:21:52

Are you saying you want to be better than her at picking up on nonverbal commnuication??? Why the lingering thought. What would that mean if you had picked up on something?

If I were able to pick up on something like that with my therapist, I think I would be upset with him as then it means that others can likely pick up on stuff with him too, and that would mean he has some problems maintaining boundaries. I sure don't want that, and so I have no idea who else he sees except for the person who is right after me.

RealMe

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG

Posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 20:48:25

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl, posted by RealMe on September 6, 2007, at 20:44:09

No, you're right when you put it that way. It's just when I'm in my space of having this connection with her and then her being able to hide something like this from me. You know? I'm not saying I want it to be different or that it should be different, it's just I have these two completely opposite reactions to the whole situation going on all at one time.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG

Posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 20:49:49

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG, posted by Honore on September 6, 2007, at 20:42:04

I think it will be fine, but I appreciate the way you understand my position, Honore.

And you are right to point out all the positive things in this whole ridiculous situation.

And you're right about my friend and co-worker -- there is no one else I can think of who I'd want to share my T with. And she totally gets it. She didn't even gulp when I told her how long I'd been in therapy.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl

Posted by RealMe on September 6, 2007, at 21:36:48

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG, posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 20:48:25

I figured that is how it was, and Honore gave a really good repsonse. We must remember this when she thinks she has no good qualities. She is very helpful to me, and I see to you too. It is kind of a strange situation. Sad, but true, therapists are not our friends.

RealMe

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl

Posted by muffled on September 6, 2007, at 21:41:49

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG, posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 20:49:49

Wow, I didn't read all the replies TG, but I read your responses and got the jist of it.
Yeah, that'd freak me, like whats wrong with my radar? Is it malfunctioning???
Its hard to have more than one opinion going on in your head isn't it? Conflict. It can be so very draining.
My first thot was just that, I guess T's, by the very nature of their profession, must learn to have pretty good poker faces....
And I imagine it becomes automatic to keep quiet bout clients past and present. She proly does it w/o thinking too much bout it, and so that would explain your lack of picking it up on your radar.
I LOVED your ant story, thats WAY too funny!!!!
I'm glad you can have moments like that and not get upset bout it, and just enjoy it together :-)
I LOVE laughter.
I'm also glad you have found a good friend.
So maybe things are gonna get better w/T?
Hope so.
Best wishes to you TG.
Hope stuff is going mostly OK for you.
Muffled

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG RealMe

Posted by Dinah on September 6, 2007, at 22:55:21

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl, posted by RealMe on September 6, 2007, at 20:44:09

I don't think I could tolerate therapy with someone I couldn't "see" in that way. It's too important to me to know someone and how they normally feel and even the teeniest change in how they feel. I can feel when he leans backward mentally even if he stays neutral in his voice. Or when he crosses his arms mentally even if his voice stays calm and reasonable.

He's used to my framing my impressions in terms of movements he's not even making. Or of me informing him when he's upset or more cheerful than usual before I even sit down. And he recognizes that I'm nearly always right in my impressions.

Sometimes I meet people who have nothing visible behind their surfaces. It makes me very very nervous. How can you trust someone you can only see with your eyes and hear with your ears?

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl

Posted by Dinah on September 6, 2007, at 23:03:44

In reply to My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG, posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 19:12:37

I agree with everyone else. It would make me very very unhappy if my therapist had acknowledged the relationship. Or even if he told me of a relationship he had with someone I wanted to talk about a lot, even if it wasn't a therapeutic relationship. It wouldn't leave me free to speak frankly. I imagine it is difficult for them in those situations.

But I certainly understand feeling disconcerted by not reading your therapist correctly. That would shake me up but good. Still, sometimes I feel my therapist react to something in such a way that I fleetingly recognize there was a reaction, but I don't ask about it because it doesn't feel right. Does that happen with you? If so, maybe you did read a reaction here or there, but just didn't realize the significance of it because it came and went quickly, and wasn't directly related to what you were saying.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG Dinah

Posted by DAisym on September 6, 2007, at 23:11:27

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG RealMe, posted by Dinah on September 6, 2007, at 22:55:21

My therapist talks about my radar all the time. I'm usually right too. Once in awhile though I do project my own mood onto him. I usually can figure that out too.

Which is why this situation would totally throw me too.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG Dinah

Posted by RealMe on September 6, 2007, at 23:23:38

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG RealMe, posted by Dinah on September 6, 2007, at 22:55:21

Maybe I just haven't seen my therapist long enough and spend most of my time looking at the floor. It makes me too uptight to look at him though I have noticed when he cracks his neck or when his ankle was bothering him, and I asked about it and said what I thought he should do, and he thanked me for caring. YIKES--trigger for me. So, for now with my stupid cataracts from my asthma meds, I can't even really see his face; it's a blur. I may just freak later when the cataracts are removed!!

RealMe

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG DAisym

Posted by RealMe on September 6, 2007, at 23:27:05

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG Dinah, posted by DAisym on September 6, 2007, at 23:11:27

Maybe because it has happened to me as a therapist that it doesn't throw me or bother me. I think it might "embarass" me, though. Now off to bed as I already said in another thread, 4:15 a.m. rolls around quickly. Bye--therapy tomorrow; now I am getting nervous.

RealMe
(Oz)

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG

Posted by arora on September 7, 2007, at 5:18:06

In reply to My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG, posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 19:12:37

I understand what everyone has said about confidentiality, and I know how crucially important that is within the therapist/client relationship... but I have to admit if I discovered I'd been discussing someone that the therapist had also had as a client- well, I would feel weird, too.

Ooh! just remembered an incident where I did something embarrassing with my ex-T .... but I'll save it for another thread, since I don't want to hijack TG's.

arora

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl

Posted by Dinah on September 7, 2007, at 18:00:56

In reply to My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG, posted by TherapyGirl on September 6, 2007, at 19:12:37

If it helps any, my therapist says the energy that goes into keeping confidentiality in these circumstances is different from the energy involved in deception. So what she would project would not be the same as what she would project if she was lying.

He didn't tell me if he'd ever kept similar confidences with me. :)

Extremely unfortunately, I mentioned that I knew he lied to me once, and I could tell, but since I knew it was none of my business I hadn't said anything. Ugh. Of course he wanted to know what time I was talking about. I had to resort to telling him no, straight out and none too politely. He looked clearly annoyed for a moment, before visibly letting it go, relaxing, and telling me that his supervisor once told him that you can tell an honest man because they'll admit they'll lie from time to time.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG Dinah

Posted by TherapyGirl on September 7, 2007, at 18:08:37

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl, posted by Dinah on September 6, 2007, at 23:03:44

That does happen to me every now and then, but I don't think it happened around this situation.

I appreciate the way you understand my conflict around all this. :-)

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG arora

Posted by TherapyGirl on September 7, 2007, at 18:09:39

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG, posted by arora on September 7, 2007, at 5:18:06

Thanks, Arora.

And feel free to "hijack" my thread anytime. I love to hear embarrassing stories! LOL

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG Dinah

Posted by TherapyGirl on September 7, 2007, at 18:11:02

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl, posted by Dinah on September 7, 2007, at 18:00:56

I like what your T said about energy and I suspect it's true. I'll have to repeat that to myself every time I get freaked out by this.

Also very interesting about the lying. I bet your T sometimes hates it that you know and read him so well. :-)

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG RealMe

Posted by TherapyGirl on September 7, 2007, at 18:12:13

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl, posted by RealMe on September 6, 2007, at 21:36:48

Both you and Honore have been helpful to me on a number of occasions. And not necessarily when you're responding to MY threads -- any number of your posts to others have been very helpful. One of the many things I love about this place.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG muffled

Posted by TherapyGirl on September 7, 2007, at 18:13:05

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl, posted by muffled on September 6, 2007, at 21:41:49

Thanks, Muffly. I *knew* you would get it exactly and you did.

Glad I made you laugh, too. I do enjoy laughing and probably don't do it enough.

 

Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG TherapyGirl

Posted by RealMe on September 7, 2007, at 19:37:36

In reply to Re: My T is Apparently a Good Liar LONG RealMe, posted by TherapyGirl on September 7, 2007, at 18:12:13

Thanks, and I feel the same way. I have found more courage to go ahead and say things in therapy that I might otherwise monitor out of existence and go right into my rational mind f'ing mode. Sorry if I offend anyone.

RealMe (Oz)


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