Dr. Stanley Goldstein - Author and Psychologist

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Why Do Patients Lie to Their Therapist?

September 17, 2018

Tags: psychotherapy, lying

A prevalent belief is that a patient always tells the truth to their therapist but this isn't true.
1. A woman was referred by her internist to a psychologist for "counseling," the unspoken motive being that she was a continuing, troublesome presence in the doctor's office. That the patient was seriously ill was obvious (more…)