What makes trustworthiness of a therapist essential? When seeking therapy, we want answers to our questions. We want to find help that will help us and not make us feel worse about ourselves. A good therapist will be able to guide you in the right direction if he or she is working with you in an honest and dedicated manner.
Can I trust my psychologist when: My phobia is increasing, my heart is racing, I am short of breath, I am suffering from panic attacks, I am not getting enough sleep, I am not able to concentrate on work, I am having trouble with my memory or learning new things. In these situations, it is important to choose a psychologist who has legally required continuing education credits on their resume from a board approved institute. This way, psychologists know that they are meeting the CE requirements of the American Psychological Association or the Commission on Accreditation of Clinical Psychology Schools. Also, it is critical to choose someone who has a Master’s degree in a relevant field from an approved university or institution, not someone with “certified” degrees from unaccredited institutions.
Can I trust my psychologist if: I am seeking help for an alcohol problem, but am concerned that my school counselor may not be knowledgeable about addiction? First, it is crucial that you choose a psychologist who has met all of the above requirements and has met them from a source you can trust. You should use a school counselors or a psychologist you have met through referrals or recommendations. Secondly, after the initial session or interview, inform your therapist of any concerns you may have about your initial visit. If your therapist does not receive all of this information after the first visit, be sure to refer him or her to a different psychologist.
Can I trust my therapist if: My child is afraid of the dark? When I was a child, the television, the movies and video games often frightened me. As an adult, I still have these fears, even though at home they are usually expressed in jokes and in fantasy play. If you have a young child who is afraid of the dark, tell your psychologist or therapist before the first session begins what types of stories and/or media your child is most fearful of. This will make your first session much easier and more effective.
Can I trust therapists if: My friend’s child was in therapy for three years and did not seem to improve. My friend told me that some people lie on therapy sessions and that some people even start to tell lies during therapy. How would I know if my friend’s daughter was not telling her therapist the truth? Unfortunately, therapists do not have crystal ball glasses and cannot see into the minds of people lying or faking. However, they can recognize when a person is lying or not telling the truth.
Can I trust the therapist if: My friend’s daughter chose a very unconventional therapist. My friend felt uncomfortable with the atmosphere of the therapy room and the fact that the session seemed to go very slow. In her mind she had been tricked by her “friend” into spending money on an ineffective therapist. How would I know if this experience would be true of me if I choose an unconventional therapist?
Can I trust the therapist if: My girlfriend has been seeing me for two years and we have two children. Recently my girlfriend called me to come and pick me up after our last therapy session. She told me that I could not tell her what is not confidential with a therapist. She felt very uncomfortable with me telling her what is not confidential with a therapist.
Can I trust the therapist if: My partner is divorcing me and wants me to break confidentiality with them. My ex-wife is seeing someone new and they want to know what is not confidential with a therapist. What is the best way to handle this? How can I be friends with your therapist if they are breaking the confidentiality agreement with your partner and violating the rights of your partner in the process?