Jeff Levy, LCSW
Mental Health, Relationships, Trauma, Identity
Jeff Levy, LCSW
(originally posted on Branching Out: The Live Oak Blog, February 2014)
There are many times in therapy when I am told something by my client that few other people know. Sometimes, I am the only person who knows other than the person who has told me. It takes courage to open a secret, and takes careful listening to know when a secret has been shared. I try to be mindful during the time we are together to check in every so often when I am gathering information. “Who else knows what you’ve just told me?” I’ll ask. Holding the secret of another is a privilege and a great responsibility.
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