Jim Dalling’s Pop Psychology November 6, 1988 – What’s on your mind?

As a therapist helping people with depression and anxiety in Halifax and Dartmouth, I have the honor to be the keeper of secrets. Pretty much most everything people say when they are with me is confidential.  Though there are ethical limits to confidentiality, many people find that after talking to a therapist, they feel lighter. It can be nice to share some of your most difficult truths with another human and still be accepted. I get to hear things no one else does. It truly is an honor.

So why a therapist? We, therapists, are trained to be containers for the secrets of others. So we can listen and respond rather than reacting. A good therapist is very comfortable in having uncomfortable conversations and accepting what comes out.

How are we trained? Well, there is the theory side of stuff, the book learning and what not. The best therapists, however, aren’t scientific. They are artists, craftspeople who have done a lot of personal work themselves. It’s often said that a therapist can only take a client as far as they have traveled themselves. Funny enough though, my more difficult clients pull me along into the reaches of human existence I haven’t visited. For that, I have a supervisor. In these cases, the client and I work in partnership to find a way through.

So, when you are ready to grow beyond the tools of existence you already have, come see me:

I wanna know
What you’re thinking
There are some things you can’t hide
I wanna know
What you’re feeling
Tell me what’s on your mind


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