Honest disclosure is central to the work of all psychotherapy. Clients, however, are not always honest with their therapists. They keep secrets, avoid or minimize discussion of personally salient topics, and sometimes tell outright lies.
This book examines the nature of lies and concealment in everyday life and in therapy.
Using the results of two studies involving more than 1,000 clients, Barry A. Farber, Matt Blanchard, and Melanie Love discuss common lies told in therapy about a wide range of issues, including sex, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, trauma, and feelings about the therapist and the progress of therapy.
The lies therapists tell to their patients are also examined.
Throughout, the authors emphasize ways therapists can prevent or at least minimize client concealment and how to honestly and respectfully wrestle with the natural reluctance we all have toward disclosing the truth about our experiences.