Title Secrets and Lies in Psychotherapy
Author Barry A. Farber, Matt Blanchard, Melanie Love
ISBN 9781433830525
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 292
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher American Psychological Association (Eurospan Group)
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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.




Chapter 1. Telling Lies and Keeping Secrets in Psychotherapy

Chapter 2. The Nature, Prevalence, and Functions of Lying and Secret Keeping: Why Do We Do These Things?

Chapter 3. Clinical and Empirical Perspectives on Secrets and Lies in Psychotherapy

Chapter 4. Factors Underlying the Likelihood, Process, and Consequences of Client Disclosure and Concealment: “It’s Complicated”

Chapter 5. Therapist Deception

Chapter 6. The Columbia Project on Lying in Psychotherapy: What Did 1,345 Psychotherapy Clients Tell Us?

Chapter 7. Common Clinical Lies: Suicidal Thoughts, Self-Harm, and Emotional Distress

Chapter 8. Common Clinical Lies: All Things Sexual

Chapter 9. Common Clinical Lies: Substance Use and Abuse

Chapter 10. Common Clinical Lies: Trauma

Chapter 11. Common Clinical Lies: Clinical Progress and Feelings About One’s Therapist

Chapter 12. Secrets and Lies in Psychotherapy: Summary and Clinical Implications



About the Authors

About the Authors:

Barry A. Farber, PhD, received his doctorate from Yale University in 1978. The following year he became a member of the clinical psychology faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he’s been ever since. He was director of clinical training there for 24 years and also served two stints as department chair. He has varied interests within the area of psychotherapy research, including the nature and consequences of therapists’ provision of positive regard, the role of informal supervision in psychotherapy training, and the extent to which patients, therapists, supervisors and supervisees do and don’t honestly disclose to each other. He is author of several previous books, including Self-Disclosure in Psychotherapy (Guilford), The Psychotherapy of Carl Rogers: Cases and Commentary (Guilford), and Rock n Roll Wisdom: What Psychologically Astute Lyrics Can Teach About Life and Love (Praeger). He served 6 years on the Executive Council of the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy), maintains a small private practice of psychotherapy, and currently serves as editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session.

Matt Blanchard, PhD, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received his doctorate from Columbia University in 2017. Previously a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and editor-in-chief of the Graduate Student Journal of Psychology, he is now in clinical practice as a staff psychologist at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Melanie Love, MA, graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University and will receive her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in 2019. Her research focusing on factors affecting disclosure of sexual content in psychotherapy has been published in Psychotherapy Research and the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, and her masters thesis was the recipient of APA Division 29’s Donald K. Freedheim award in 2017. She was previously the editor-in-chief of the Graduate Student Journal of Psychology. Melanie is currently in clinical practice as a doctoral intern at Temple University’s Counseling Center.

Target Audience:.

This book is intended for students and academicians of psychology and psychotherapists.


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