Secrecy and Openness in Psychotherapy

  • Anita E. Kelly
Part of the The Plenum Series in Social/Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


In the previous two chapters, I described the benefits of revealing secrets in a journal or diary, and in these remaining chapters, I move into a more complex analysis of what happens when revealing secrets to another person, starting with one′s therapist. Psychotherapy clients could be expected to reveal their secrets completely to their therapists, no? Actually, even though they were paying a good deal of money for their treatment, 46% of a sample of clients in long-term therapy (Hill et al., 1993) and 60% of a sample of short-term therapy outpatients (Kelly, 1998) reported keeping some major secret from their therapists.


Group Therapy Family Therapy Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Extramarital Affair Dissociative Disorder 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita E. Kelly
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  1. 1.University of Notre DameSouth BendUSA

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