Our expert says:
I don't altogether understand the details of your message. Were you an Inpatient at a clinic, and when you went out for an overnight stay, and on returning with a bunch of YOUR keys, found by chance that one of them opened the door to your therapist's office ? Impulsively, you opened his filing cabinet and looked for your own file, but didn't find it ?
I think in law you have a right to see your own file, but would need to discuss this with your doctor and arrange this with him. Entering his office without permisssion may have been technically illegal, indeed.
If you had concerns about the family session, that should have been discussed face to face with him.
Its no a question of whether you "have" to tell him - who can compel you to do so, but whether it would be wise for you to do so. You're probably not a good liar, and would find it hard to conceal that you feel uneasy about something troubling. You did betray him, and you know it, and are not likely to be able to conceal it, nor want to. Discuss it calmly with him, and se what he says. Its always important within a therapeutic relationship to be able to be frank with each other. What is important about what happened isnt a matter of legal technicalities, but the psychological issues raised, about mutual trust, and your concerns about his view of your family and whether he believes you, and so on. These can only be usefully deal with in discussion
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