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Re: therapist disclosure

Posted by gardenergirl on September 21, 2005, at 23:39:25

In reply to Re: therapist disclosure, posted by alexandra_k on September 18, 2005, at 22:42:00

> I think different orientations view it differently. I have read stuff on how self-disclosure can be useful sometimes (to demonstrate empathy, to model examples of successful coping etc). I think the idea is that it can be useful at times for some clients, but that the therapist should be sensitive to when the client doesn't like it. Or to when it is meeting the needs of the therapist more than the client.

That's exactly right. If a T starts disclosing more than usual, I'd worry that there is something going on that suddenly the T needs to talk more. It can also be a sign of counter transference of some kind. But sometimes it's also just that it's something the T has experienced before, and it's easier to share that than to make up a "I know of someone who...." example.

> I personally don't like it.
> I don't want to know.




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