So this kind of came up in another thread, and I was asking for advice, but I thought it would be worth asking here. It looks like I’m going to be starting therapy soon. To be honest, if it were up to me, I wouldn’t be. But since it’s happening anyway, I feel like I ought to at least try to get something out of it. I’m researching therapists right now, trying to put together a short list of people I think I might be able to work with. Problem is that I’ve had negative experiences with therapy in the past, and have trouble trusting them now. My usual strategy when dealing with them has been to tell them as little as possible so as not to give them ammo to use against me. But I’d like to not do that this time. Or at least try not to. So, for those who’ve had positive experiences, how do you get to the point where you feel comfortable with a therapist? How do you decide whether or not they can be trusted not to break confidentiality? If, like me, your natural instinct is to keep your private business private, then how do you get past that? I feel like I’m in a catch-22. I can’t be open with them until I know that I can trust them, but I can’t trust them until I’ve been open with them and seen how they handle it.