Psychotherapists assign formal labels to clients so that clients can file for insurance. What people do not know about that process hurts them on very many levels.
The insurance companies employ non-therapists to make decisions about how many visits and what kind of therapies to approve. Non-therapist money managers, hired to keep the insurance company not just in the black but profitable, make decisions that affect lives all day long, day after day.
Psychotherapists often find themselves assigning diagnostic labels that do not accurately fit clients because they know some diagnoses have a higher likelihood of getting more treatments okayed than do other diagnoses.
Do you know what happens when those labels get recorded in personal records?
The insurance company may sell their list and the information in those reports may go to companies that clear possible employees for a job.
If you already work some place and use your company insurance seeking talk therapy your employer will know about your personal life—the parts no one should know but you, right?
No wonder so many people seeking psychotherapy pay their own way. They protect themselves from making what should be private public!
Many people do not even know their records reflect diagnoses that label them – not as people but as sufferers of disorders like depression, bi-polar, or schizophrenic. Consequently when those clients move to a new therapist their label preceeds them.
Unfortunately many psychotherapists, overloaded with too heavy case loads, peruse the records of new patients – basically looking for the label that some other therapist assigned – making a value judgment that may or may not be accurate.
When I worked as a psychotherapist I wrote my reports as if the client was reading over my shoulder. People have a right to know how others view them – and judge them to be.
Better yet, people want to know their answers lie within themselves NOT outside in the mind of somebody else.