Can I tell my therapist that I killed someone? This is one of the most difficult questions an therapist can ask. This is because almost everyone has killed a person, whether accidentally or intentionally. Although most therapists can understand this, many therapists fall short of meeting the client’s needs and their therapeutic goals. In order to help clients better understand how they can tell their therapists that they killed someone, here are some of the common ways that therapists kill people and the steps involved in doing so.
One way that therapists can tell if they killed someone is with respect to confidentiality. Many people are wary of letting therapists know any information that might harm them (including their involvement in killing) because of the fear that others will know. However, sometimes even therapists themselves can be kept in the dark about the identity of a client. For example, a therapist may not inform the client that he or she killed a client simply because doing so could create liability. In these cases, if a client decides to reveal his or her identity to another therapist, he or she may actually put that therapist in danger.
The lack of confidentiality can also apply when dealing with family members. Many people kill a family member for revenge, and while some therapists understand this, family members often have a different point of view. Therefore, a therapist may not feel comfortable asking a family member about his or her role in the death of a loved one. Even in cases where a therapist discloses family members involvement, a client may still feel uncomfortable divulging this information if the therapist fails to ask for confidentiality. If you work with a therapist who continually asks you about your role in a death or suicide, your safety as a client is likely to be put at risk.
What about hugging? Many therapists fall under the misconception that all therapists, including those who specialize in clinical treatment, share a rejection of hugs. However, many massage therapists and bodyworkers also fall under this misconception. Because a hug allows a bodyworker or massage therapist to share physical contact with his or her client, it is important that massage therapists consider how they interact with clients before implementing this practice.
If a therapist refuses to allow a hug because of the potential for legal action, then you may need to find another therapist. Unfortunately, not every therapist is honest, so it’s important that you find one who isn’t afraid to tell you the truth. When a therapist breaks the code of confidentiality, he or she can be charged with criminal sexual abuse. Criminal sex abuse involves fondling, touching, or exposing sexual organs to a patient. If you suffer from sexual abuse, it’s very important that you find a therapist who will respect your feelings.
It’s perfectly acceptable for a therapist to refuse a hug because you may be a danger to yourself. However, this should never occur between massage therapists who work in other professional arenas. Most professional therapists feel that hugging patients is a natural expression of human nature. If a therapist tells you that he or she is not going to give you a hug because you could be a danger to yourself or others, then you should probably think twice about working with them. Because of the potential legal ramifications, most professional therapists break confidentiality easily, if not immediately.
Unfortunately, there are some therapists who will continue to abuse their power and disregard the harm they are causing to their patients even after they’ve committed a criminal sexual act on someone else. This type of therapist is a predator. Although it’s upsetting to learn that your therapist engages in abusive behavior, it’s important to remember that he or she is only one example of how therapists can abuse their power in order to serve their own interests. If you encounter such a therapist, the best thing you can do is refuse to work with him or her. You don’t owe your therapist any allegiance, and you shouldn’t feel obligated to remain in his or her office, even if it means skipping your therapy sessions. If you choose to go to counseling anyway, your therapist may not be able to force you to go, but if you are asked to provide a reference, you can report that you didn’t feel comfortable working with this person and you decided to stop working with him or her.
The short answer is – yes, you can tell your therapist anything and they can do anything, as long as they remain within the confines of the law. Just keep in mind that when you talk to your therapist, you are entering into a very private space, and you should be able to trust and feel safe about revealing anything to this individual. Yes, you can tell your therapist anything – but if you do so without the proper training or information about how therapist-on-client privilege works, you could open up a whole can of legal trouble for yourself and your therapist.