“Say More About That” Show Notes: Episode #13 – When should therapists use self disclosure in session?

Jeff Guenther, MS, LPC on May 26, 2019 in Say More About That

Jeff talks to Rochelle, a fellow therapist, about using self disclosure with clients in session. Rochelle and Jeff are on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to how much they'll reveal about themselves to clients. They talk about what the client can expect to hear and what's appropriate for the client to ask. They discuss the pros and cons of self disclosure and how much is too much to share with clients. All while Jeff probably discloses too much personal info on the episode.

Jeff, a licensed therapist and the host of Say More About That, talks with Rochelle about self disclosure in session.

This episode covers:

What were we told about self disclosure in grad school?

  • Why do some therapists disclose more than others?
  • What psychological theories support more disclosure? Which ones don’t?
  • How much do we disclose and why? Where are we on the spectrum?
  • What do we do when a client wants us to disclose?
  • How much is too much disclosure and how can it be problematic?
  • Some examples of when we have disclosed and it had gone well or poorly.
  • What clients should know about self disclosure?

An article that was inspired by this episode

3 Times Self-Disclosure Went Horribly Wrong in Therapy

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Jeff Guenther is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR.

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