If you’ve ever been in therapy, you know that, as beneficial as it can be, it can also be really awkward. Especially if you’re not someone who’s forthcoming with their feelings, letting a stranger into the most private parts of your life and your mind can be scary. Does she think I’m crazy? Am I even anxious enough to need therapy in the first place? That’s why we checked in with Leigh McInnis, LPC, Executive Director for Newport Academy Virginia, for the things you shouldn’t say to your therapist.
It’s important to note that by “things you shouldn’t say,” we don’t mean your therapist is judging you for the work you’re doing. “In my experience, there is nothing that a client can say that I wouldn’t ‘like’ to hear,” McInnis tells us. “Provided that a client is openly communicating their perceptions, experiences, thoughts and feelings, it is all good work for therapy.” She adds, though, that there are some things that clients may say that would not be great for the therapeutic process, including the three below.