Many times I’ve been contacted by people, who were currently in therapy and wanted to know if their therapists were doing the work competently and/or ethically. Such questions arose out of concerns about the specific actions or non-actions made by the therapists that didn’t seem consistent with what people believed the normal therapy process should entail.
Many people don’t realize that just like they have the right to get a second opinion from a different medical doctor, they also have the right to get a second opinion from another therapist, if the one they are currently seeing doesn’t seem to be helpful. Some might ask: “Why not just change therapists?”
In addition to the situations I discussed in the post Does everything I share with my therapist stay confidential?, there are cases when a therapist is allowed, but not required to disclose some information about a client to a third party. The most common situation when a therapist may do so is when a client presents
Will your therapist keep everything you tell them confidential? It depends on what you tell them. Generally speaking your therapist is supposed to keep your communications with them and even your identity in confidence, but confidentiality has its limits under the law.