"Can I ever trust this person again?" It's a very common question I hear in my work with those wounded by betrayal. Those who practiced deception cannot realistically expect the other to quickly restore confidence in him or her. Trust won't bounce back overnight. As Stephen Arterburn put it, "Trust, once destroyed, is very hard to reestablish." But it can. One of the main goals of psychotherapy/counseling is the accountability it provides. It holds a person to "rigorous truthfulness." Over a period of time, trust can be restored as one "practices" and proves himself or herself consistently honest and reliable in the process.