Therapist or Friend?

An excellent article about the difference between a therapist and a friend.


By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.

Therapist or friend – what is the difference?

1. Friends may keep your secrets; therapists are required to keep them.

Some friends are so close you can tell them anything. Well, almost anything. Most of us have secrets which we were sure we could never tell anyone. Friends are usually friends because we have things in common. If you tell them everything can they, will they, keep the secret? What effect might their knowing the secret have on your friendship? What if you two have a falling out? Some things are just too embarrassing to tell a friend.

There are two concepts that keep a therapist from revealing secrets. Confidentiality, which means that they can’t talk about what you say unless it fits those very few exceptions like you are suicidal or talk about abuse of a child. Other than…

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2 thoughts on “Therapist or Friend?

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  2. Well a friend can not integrate the trauma brought up in session. talking about our trauma outside the therapist office is a no no. Mainly called dissociation.

    Try mindfulness in your own time, it will help much more than thinking ever will.

    You can not reach the amygdaloid consciously that is why mindfulness is so powerful a tool

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