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How honest with your therapist are you?

Nagelfar

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I am going to see my therapist here in a few hours, and am contemplating how much I withhold the whole of my psyche from him. First of all, he happens to own the house I live in, but it's an Oxford house, so it isn't entirely a conflict of interest (e.g. he can't evict me) but I refrain from telling him how I keep having the fleeting thought to leave and continue living on the streets. (despite being on community custody / parole) nor do I tell him that under stress I have heard voices since my early 30's (nothing except telling me they're me and I need to take care of myself, things like that, almost a literal conscience) because of the stigma involved. Anyone else more willing to be honest semi-anonymously online than with their personal therapist?
 

madness00

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IDK, my therapist knows everything, and it's very cathartic. She specialized in forensics so she looks past my criminal record and encourages me to be like the wolf of wallstreet instead of a homeless guy with no direction.

If I were you, I'd want help with hearing voices. You could always test the waters and then say you're joking if the stigmatize you, then move on to a new therapist. Are you court ordered to this particular person?
 

RV Mystery Journey

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I was honest to a large degree. I told my most embarrassing secret to a psychologist before.

You living in a home owned by this figure is insane to me. Sounds like it is a better idea than going to the streets though. Hope you complete that court business successfully.

I understand it could be helpful or not so much.

One psych professional I saw around the same time I came clean with the other woman asked me something and was trying to pull this secret from me. I think I mentioned the terrible shame keeping me from trying to see people I associated with before when I first got clean. I don't mean to rant but the shame was so intense I couldn't tell her however she didn't diagnose me with what I went to see her about just because I didn't tell her.

I hope your Oxford House experience works out well and you benefit from the therapy.

I would be brutally honest if you can muster the courage and try to tell yourself being there is only temporary .

As for hearing voices, just call it a conscience. Doesn't sound terrible I wouldn't say tell him maybe look into it yourself online.
 
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Atelier3

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I told my psychiatrist my symptoms but didn’t tell him they were caused by meth. Serves me right that he dosed me up on anti-psychotics. Now I tell him the truth - I forgot that he seen it all and heard it all before and is not personally invested in me and doesn’t judge me.
 

Jmths

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Just take it easy at first, therapists are humans aswel and can differ in personality. A sane therapist wouldn't risk conflict of interest so it probably goes two ways.
 

AlphaMethylPhenyl

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I told my psychiatrist my symptoms but didn’t tell him they were caused by meth. Serves me right that he dosed me up on anti-psychotics. Now I tell him the truth - I forgot that he seen it all and heard it all before and is not personally invested in me and doesn’t judge me.
Better now than never!
 

LadyAlkaline

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Personally, the fact that he owns the house I am in and therefore happens to know people around me, like my neighbors means that I would never be able to open up to him.

I had a really god awful dick of a therapist at one time. He knew my abusive boyfriends neighbor, unbeknownst to me at the time. He began acting really condescendingly towards me during moments of pure honesty.

I later found out that my boyfriend had been telling everyone that I was schizophrenic to cover up his abuse. He even went as far as to ask me if I heard voices, randomly as fuck one day. I told him no and he says..."huh...well you don't SEEM to be schizophrenic"

It all came out in the end, and I was pretty much long gone, so I never got to say, "I told you so."

I would be very hesitant to tell any new therapist about my IV drug use in the past. It can effect my treatment as well as medications that I am able to take. No thanks!
 
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