Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Can you spot a pathological liar?

Think back to an age at which you told the most lies or “fibs?” Were you 4, 5, 8, or 10? Why did you tell the lie? Were you trying to get something in return, manipulate a situation in your favor, or avoid hurting someone’s feelings? If so, you are like the majority of us who curtail the truth in order to make things less stressful or negative for us. Curtailing the truth happens a lot, even in the lives of adults.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are great psychological implications to pathological lying as it is a very complicated matter to study and comprehend. Because lying is a natural thing to most of humanity, it is difficult to understand why someone would lie about every single detail of their life and lie, even when there is no benefit to the lying itself. A pathological liar tends to lie even when the lie is self-defeating, when there is a possibility of being found out, or even if manipulation of others is not the ultimate goal. Someone may lie about having multiple nightmares. This lie does not necessarily manipulate the other person to do something for the liar. The lie could possibly be told to alter your perspective of this person or told for the mere fact of satisfying some internal need of the liar. Some pathological liars, however, tell lies with no clear purpose for doing so. What would be the purpose of telling someone “I have multiple nightmares a night?”


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*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

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Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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