Lying in Psychotherapy Lab
The Lying in Psychotherapy lab, led by third year doctoral student Matt Blanchard and first-year doctoral student Melanie Love, is looking at "client dishonesty," those times when clients feel they cannot be fully honest with their therapists. The topic is a natural outgrowth of Dr. Farber's work on disclosure and non-disclosure in therapy. Client dishonesty is a broader category of non-disclosure that includes distorting and fabricating as well as omission, avoidance, secret-keeping, etc. Our initial survey of 547 psychotherapy clients showed large percentages of clients concealing therapy-relevant information, such as suicidal thoughts. We are now preparing a follow-up survey to replicate our initial findings, conducting interviews with clients, and developing a related survey for therapists.

Related Papers & Professional Conferences

Blanchard, M., & Farber, B. A. (in press). Client dishonesty in psychotherapy. Counseling Psychology Quarterly. 

Blanchard, M., & Farber, B. A. (2015). Client dishonesty in psychotherapy. Paper presented at the annual conference, Society for Psychotherapy Research, Philadelphia. 

Farber, B. A., & Blanchard, M. (2014, August).  Lying in psychotherapy. Paper presented at the annual convention, APA, Washington, D.C.

Farber, B. A. (2013, August). Patient disclosure, partial disclosure, and lying in psychotherapy: Dialectics, factors, functions, and consequences. Paper presented at the annual convention, APA, Hawaii.

Farber, B. A., Feldman, S., & Wright, A. J. (2013). Client disclosure and therapist response in psychotherapy with women with a history of child sexual abuse. Psychotherapy Research, 23.

Farber, B. A. (2012, June). Corrective experiences in psychotherapy: Carl Rogers and Person-Centered Psychotherapy). Paper presented at the annual conference, Society for Psychotherapy Research, Virginia Beach, Virginia. 
Khurgin-Botts, R., & Farber, B. A. (2011). Patients’ disclosures about therapy: Discussing therapy with spouses, significant others, and friends. Psychotherapy, 48, 330-335.
Saypol, E., & Farber, B. A. (2010). Attachment style and patient disclosure in psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy Research, 20, 462-471.
Farber, B. A., Khurkin-Botts, R., & Feldman, S. (2009). The Benefits and risks of patient self-disclosure in the psychotherapy of women with a history of childhood sexual abuse. Psychotherapy, 46, 52-67.
Pattee, D., & Farber, B. A. (2008). Patients’ experiences of self-disclosure in psychotherapy: The effects of gender and gender-role identification. Psychotherapy Research, 18, 306-315.

Lab Members

Matt Blanchard
Melanie Love
Mandy Newman
Rachel Altman
Bianca Cerosimo