Contraindica Tions

This intervention can be loaded with contraindications as boundary and ethical violations could easily be manifested. Because of this, keep in mind that the self-disclosure is for the client. Due to counter-transference issues, many therapists are unaware of what they are doing and of the consequences of their self-disclosures. This often can take the form of competitiveness. The client discloses some issue and the therapist discloses a similar issue but with greater intensity, i.e., "if you think your divorce was difficult you should have seen mine." For whose purpose is that type of disclosure as it is a complete negation of the client's feelings? That type of therapist self-disclosure is related to unresolved issues in the therapist's life that have been "set off by the client's self-disclosure. To again reiterate, if you are considering disclosing personal information about your history, as an intervention, it must be an intervention and you must always remember, "FOR WHOM IS THE DISCLOSURE DESIGNED?" and what could be the possible consequences of demystifying your person in the eyes of your clients.


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