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Should I Tell My Therapist that I Think I Am Borderline?

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Hello, I recently started therapy and have had 1 session so far where i only discussed my anxiety and depression. My issue is that i think i might have bpd and i realise it is not a good thing to diagnose yourself and thats why i didnt mention it during my first session. But i need my therapist to know my issues go deeper than just anxiety and depression. Im just worried that i wont get the appropriate help if im not totally honest. How do i go about this? Should i mention my beliefs ?

Should I Tell My Therapist that I Think I Am Borderline?

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I’m so glad you wrote. Yes! You absolutely should tell your therapist about your concerns. As you said, your therapist can only help you if you tell her your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. If you don’t share your worries with her, she may have to spend many sessions just getting enough information to assess you accurately when you could already be getting some good treatment.

If it’s difficult for you to share your concern, please just take your letter and this response to your next session. It will help both you and your therapist get down to what matters most.

I wish you well.

Dr. Marie

Should I Tell My Therapist that I Think I Am Borderline?

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2019). Should I Tell My Therapist that I Think I Am Borderline?. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 22, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2019/11/10/should-i-tell-my-therapist-that-i-think-i-am-borderline/
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