I don't find Burke's hesitancy abnormal if this was his first few meetings with the counselor. When I got divorced I took my daughter to a therapist, she was only 4, but she was having a difficult time dealing with everything. The very first session she wouldn't even look at the therapist and would just shake her head yes/no. And I built it up prior as a positive thing, not scary. Still it took her 4 sessions to get really comfortable and start talking and even then it wasn't about serious stuff. Even though for a 4 year old she had a very advanced vocabulary and could carry on a good conversation. I could hear her answers through the wall (she's loud) with "yes, i like school and my friends". "My mom loves me, I love my mom." She said what Burke said, "my mom gives me lots of hugs and kisses". "Dad is funny." Then 6 months later she was spilling her guts like a grown up. The therapist loved her and loved the time she had with her because she would talk non-stop for the entire hour.