A review of Self-Disclosure In the Movies. Different Populations Ethical Decision-Making. Updated bibliography.
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I was recently at a lecture where an audience member asked the speaker, psychologist Dr. Richard Schwartz, about his stance on the role of therapist self-disclosure. Schwartz paused for a moment before responding that he often urges supervisees to bring to mind the acronym WAIT before engaging in self-disclosure in a session personal communication, September 18, The question of what constitutes ethical and useful self-disclosure is one that comes up regularly during my training as a psychologist.
When I decided to take part in NaBloPoMo this month, committing to 30 posts in 30 days, I turned to my readers for topic bright ideas. One therapist-to-be reader suggested I write about therapist self-disclosure. How do we therapists make decisions about what personal information to share with our clients or publicly where clients may access it.
In most cases, gay, lesbian, and bisexual GLB clients seek out counseling and therapy for the same reasons that heterosexual clients seek services, including relationship and family issues as well as concerns about work and social stressors. However, several therapeutic concerns specific to GLB sexual orientation include coming out and sexual identity development; anti-GLB and heterosexist attitudes, prejudice, and discrimination; and GLB relationship and family issues. Therapists who are of any sexual orientation can be effective working with sexual minority clients as long as they are knowledgeable about GLB therapeutic concerns and are relatively free of heterosexist assumptions and biases.
Firstly, this is a reflection based on my own experiences and is not intended in any way as a judgement towards other therapists in a similar position, nor is it intended as a didactic call to arms for mass change. I would simply like to share my thoughts and potentially start a dialogue. So, I was recently invited to contribute a short biography for inclusion on the Insight Matters website. For continuity, I decided to go to my Nozomi website and basically copy some of the main points I had written there about me and my approach to therapy, and thus offer a summary for anyone looking at my bio on the IM site.
Self-disclosure of sexual orientation, when asked directly by a client in therapy, is a complex topic that therapists rarely receive formalized training and supervision on. The aim of this chapter is to identify the unique challenges gay male therapists face when making determinations on whether to disclose their sexual orientation to a client. Five case studies will be provided along with a discussion of self-disclosure in each context.
While there are major benefits to doing so, there are ramifications to be aware of as well. Here are my beliefs on the advantages, downsides, and best practices for self-disclosing your identity as a member of the queer community to clients:. When done at the right time and for the right reasons, sharing your queer identity to clients can have a positive impact on the client's perception of themselves. A well-analyzed therapist has spent time and effort examining their sexuality from various angles.