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Couples Counseling is Hard Because Couples Lie

In May of 2020 I got a call from a former client.

I was surprised because she and her long time fiancé had dropped out of therapy in 2019.

In 2019, when I'd called for a follow up to see why they'd dropped out, I never got a response, just the answering machine. It was a complete and utter ghosting.

So in May of 2020, she called me up wanting individual therapy.

As we talked my curiosity grew. Why had she ghosted me? Eventually I couldn't help but ask, "I'm sorry. I'm just a little confused. You dropped out of therapy last time, so I'm surprised you're wanting me to see you again. I thought maybe I'd offended you or something?"

"Oh, no." She said. "I wanted to see you because I don't want to go through my whole story again. Besides, we dropped out last time because he was cheating on me.[1]"


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Clinically we know clients deceive their therapists.