We were coming to the end of our first psychotherapy session when I asked my new client, Paul, if he had any questions for me. Paul hesitated before speaking. “Well, I mean,” then he laughs. “Am I crazy?”
This is one of the two basic concerns that people have when they come into therapy. The other worry is, “will you be able to help me?”
“Whether I can help you depends on the answer to the crazy question, but in a way that may surprise you,” I answer.