From Dr. Larry

Dr. Larry Gelman is fiercely devoted to each client, with a deep and profound respect for their own self-agency and self-determination.

“Secret Keeper!”

“Listen...”

“Do you want to know a secret?”

“Do you promise not to tell?”

Well, I have a really terrific secret for you.

I am a secret keeper!”

A real, dyed-in-the-wool secret keeper.

I keep secrets, secret!

Not every secret, but most every secret.

If you are a danger to your self...

If you are a danger to others...

If you cannot take care of yourself...

If you cannot provide for your daily basic needs...

If you are abusing or neglecting minors under the age of 18 years of age...

If you are abusing or neglecting seniors 62 years of age and older...

If you are spreading disease and pose a threat to public health...

If you are a clear and present threat to national security...

If you threaten the life of the President...

If you admit to having committed murder, or plan to...

And a few other things...

That I don’t always remember...

But I always know...

When I come upon it...

Then, truth be told...

I cannot always keep these particular secrets...

The law says so....

And professional community standards of practice...

And ethical principles...

But for just about everything else...

Which covers just about everything else...

In the whole far, wide and deep entire known universe...

Your secret...

Is the privilege of your communication...

Gifted by you...

Entrusted to me...

Safely kept...

To be kept safely...

Therefore, truth be told...

I am the keeper of your secret...

Your secret is safe with me....

And you are safe with me....

Because, if you really want to know a secret...

I am a professional secret keeper...

Keeping secrets secret is one secret of success in my profession...

Certainly a huge part of my role...

And I trust me completely...

To know when, where, how and why which...

Secrets that must not remain secrets...

Secrets that must no longer stay secret...

Secrets that must be de-secreted...

But this is the much rarer exception...

Never the rule...

So if you really want to know a secret...

Shhh!

For this is our only public secret...

Lest you choose to tell...

As the privilege is yours to gift or relinquish...

I keep secrets, secret...

I am the keeper of your secret...

Because I am and forever must remain the...

Secret keeper!”

 Author Note: Dr. Larry B. Gelman is a Clinical Psychologist and a Personal Mentor


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