Who do you trust?
While most of us may think of our closest friends or family members first, for many people, a therapist, counselor, or psychologist of any sort may be the number one confidant in their life. But these mental health professionals are only human.
Much like in many careers, secrecy between professionals and clients/patients is the legal standard. In the world of mental health, confidence is fundamental to any successful relationship and therapy; if the patient doesn’t trust their therapist, it’s unlikely that any progress will be made.
But amidst the great anonymity of the Internet, who’s to say sharing secrets is actually harmful? Therapists and mental health professionals of Reddit were asked to share the wildest things they’ve ever seen in a session or been told by a patient. You can bet that these escalate pretty quickly.
E for Effort
“A client was going to probate court and thought he’d dress up by putting a non slip sock on his collar as a tie. Trying to be supportive I told him, ‘Nice tie.’ To which he replied, ‘It’s not a tie it’s a sock stupid.'” (EggiwegZ)
“One client of mine bites and eats his fingernails. Gross, but not unheard of. Then I learn he stores his fingernails in a box in his room to save them for a snack later. A little grosser, but he’s about 9 so I’m hoping he will grow out of it. What finally made me want to vomit was learning that when anyone in his family clips their nails, FINGERS OR TOES, they give him the clippings to add to his box. So when he’s eating nails from the box they could belong to his mother, father, or siblings. Yes, I’ve addressed the parents about enabling this behavior, but it is still happening.
Edit: thank you all for your concerns for my client. I’m aware that it seems like pica or some sort of nutrition deficiency, and for all I know it could be. I’m a behavioral therapist and not qualified to professionally recommend medical treatments to the family. I do know his parents have taken him to several doctors for multiple different tests for disorders, so this could have been addressed and they just choose not to disclose the information to me.” (omgunicornz)
“I used to work with children that have autism and down syndrome which means a lot of play therapy. I had my moment when one of my clients wanted to sit on my lap while we practiced reciting animal cards followed with their corresponding noise. Forgot what animal noise I made that made him laugh so much that he ended up peeing on me from the laughter. That night was also date night.” (Flipopapotamus)