The Trustworthy Client: Myth or Reality in Psychotherapy? – Keemar Keemar & John Wilson

In the realm of psychotherapy, the trust between a therapist and their client is foundational,...

Last updated 19 June 2024

In the realm of psychotherapy, the trust between a therapist and their client is foundational, yet complex. But what happens when the trustworthiness of a client comes into question? Is our perception of a client’s trustworthiness inherently subjective, influenced by our own biases, or can it be objectively assessed? This workshop delves into the heart of these questions, offering a platform for professional reflection, discussion, and learning.

Key Highlights:

  • Exploring the Concept of Trust: Understand the multifaceted nature of trust in therapy, including its psychological underpinnings and its impact on the therapeutic alliance.
  • Myth vs. Reality: We will dissect common myths surrounding client trustworthiness, contrasting them with real-world experiences and evidence-based insights.
  • Ethical Considerations: Engage in rich discussions about the ethical dilemmas therapists face when questioning a client’s sincerity and how to navigate these challenges professionally.
  • Building Stronger Therapeutic Alliances: Discover how fostering an environment of mutual trust can enhance therapeutic outcomes and client engagement.


John Wilson

I have been facilitating in Counselling & Psychotherapy programmes in the UK for more than 10 years.

I am currently the director at Temenos Education and have a private practice where I offer online Psychotherapy and Supervision using video and chat communication platforms along with virtual environments. I am also the co-founder of onlinevents which has grown to be the world’s largest library of online video and audio content with instant certification and a learning log.

I am also a past chair of the Association for Counselling & Therapy Online (ACTO) and have served for 6 years on the board of the World Association for Person Centered & Experiential Psychotherapy & Counselling. My passion to bring online learning into the field of Counselling & Psychotherapy has also led to the development of online experiential learning within the Temenos programme, facilitating the exposure of Temenos students to external tutors who are located in different parts of the world. Along with the inclusion of experiential learning of online Counselling & Psychotherapy for Temenos students so that they qualify with knowledge and practice in online communication and relationship.

You can read an article I co-authored about online group facilitation here:

Keemar Keemar

I have over 20 years experience as a therapist, supervisor, and trainer in private practice and large organisations. My specialism is in creating environments where the growth of the organism becomes inevitable. This is true whether the organism is an individual or an organisation.

I have a passion for creating these environments through my understanding and implementing a fusion between philosophy, theory, and practice of person-centred Psychotherapy.