Rigorous Honesty

December 1st, 2010

honestyTherapy and counseling can be difficult.  You make the appointment and show up with the best of intentions.  There are some things you need to work on – to talk out.  You then find yourself face-to-face with the therapist and you just can’t bring yourself to speak your truth.  You feel self-conscious, conspicuous, embarrassed or perhaps vulnerable.  You know that being honest with yourself will help, but it’s difficult. Sometimes it takes courage to be honest.

You might have heard the concept of rigorous honesty from folks in 12-Step programs.  Being honest with yourself keeps many people clean and sober.  But honesty isn’t just for folks with addictions.  Admitting to yourself what you really think and feel can be scary.  But it can also be liberating.

Bringing light to the shadows makes them dissipate.  When you to admit to your secrets, private pains, sorrows, and shames, they can lose their power over you.  Especially when you have a trusted, non-judgemental, and accepting person listening.  A good therapist can be such a person.

Practicing rigorous honesty requires support.  Sorting through confusing emotions and harmful beliefs about yourself can be challenging.  But when you summon up the courage to do this with the right person, confidence, positive self-regard, and forgiveness are possible.

If you’re looking for a therapist in Dupont Circle, Washington, DC, feel free to contact Mike Giordano at Mike.Giordano.MSW@gmail.com or 202/460-6384.

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