Earning Trust

An initial consultation is an opportunity for a potential client to tell me what issue or issues they need resolved. I listen carefully and then offer a way forward. At that point the potential client is at liberty to take some time to think things over and get back to me. The overwhelming majority make an appointment on the spot because by the time of the consultation they’ve already decided to go forward with treatment.

During an initial consultation, I gage the potential client’s commitment to therapy and they in turn need to decide if I’m the right person to help them. What I can’t take for granted is their trust. Trust is something that I, as a therapist, have to earn. Clients often arrive for their first session with some apprehension and it can take a a few sessions before I’ve completely earned their trust. With mutual trust the sessions are meaningful, enlightening and beneficial. Trust is the foundation.