Trust. It may be a fairly simple five-letter word, but it is such a complicated concept. For those of us who have been hurt before, it can be very difficult to let others in. I have sat across from countless clients who have told me that there is no way that they can trust me because they do not trust anyone. Sitting across from these people is heartbreaking. They have been hurt so much that they could not imagine letting someone in, even someone who is “safe”. It can be a very strange to sit across from a stranger and be expected to share your innermost thoughts and feelings.
As a therapist, it is my job to be worthy of your trust. This is something that I take very seriously. In counseling, we discuss the “bridge of trust”, which makes a large difference in being able to get therapeutic work done. However, that is something that cannot be faked or hurried. It comes with time, consistency, and hard work on both parts.
Here is what I cannot promise you as your therapist- I cannot promise that I will be perfect. I am a human being just like you, and I make mistakes. What I can promise you is that I will do the very best that I can to live up to your trust. I promise to keep your confidentiality- with the exception of an emergency situation. I promise that I will not push you or force trust. I promise that I will listen to anything you have to tell me- if that’s your review of the new Marvel movie or something deeper.
I know that it can be hard to trust someone, but I want to ask you to give me a chance to earn that trust. Contact me today- lets sit down and talk!