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Therapist Self-Disclosure

An Evidence-Based Guide for Practitioners, 1st Edition

By Graham S. Danzer


270 pages

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Therapist Self-Disclosure gives clinicians professional and practical guidance on how and when to self-disclose in therapy. Chapters weave together theory, research, case studies, and applications to examine types of self-disclosure, timing, factors and dynamics of the therapeutic relationship, ethics in practice, and cultural, demographic, and vulnerability factors. Chapter authors then examine self-disclosure with specific client populations, including clients who are LGBTQ, Christian, multicultural, suffering from eating disorders or trauma, in forensic settings, at risk for suicide, with an intellectual disability, or are in recovery for substance abuse.This book will very helpful to graduate students, early career practitioners, and more seasoned professionals who have wrestled with decisions about whether to self-disclose under various clinical circumstances.


"Dr. Danzer and colleagues have done a stellar job packaging research on therapist self-disclosure in a practical and easily organized guide for emerging and seasoned clinicians alike. If you ever wondered, ‘Should I share this thought at this point in time with this client?’ or ‘What would my client think of me sharing this?’ this book offers critical insights."

Eddy Ameen, PhD, associate executive director, Early Career and Graduate Student Affairs, American Psychological Association

"Dr. Danzer continues in his quest to bring together people from different backgrounds, religions, gender identities, and personal preferences. This book is an important and comprehensive step in helping practitioners at all levels understand appropriate boundaries and pathways to maximize safety, quality, and appropriateness of care in psychotherapy."

Doug Cort, PhD, director of training, Adventist Health Vallejo, director of training, John George Psychiatric Hospital (ret.), and director of psychology, Section of Preventive Cardiology, UC Davis Medical Center (ret.)

"Dr. Danzer and his coauthors bring out the salient aspects of psychotherapist self-disclosure across almost every imaginable domain that therapists face, from cultural diversity to sexuality to trauma. Self-disclosure is grounded in normative clinical interventions that must be tailored to a client’s life context while making use of theory, research, and therapist self-awareness to augment outcomes. The book shines a laser beam on self-disclosure where it can be fruitfully engaged by beginning and experienced clinicians."

Randall C. Wyatt, PhD, clinical psychologist, associate professor, California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco at Alliant International University

Table of Contents

Part I: Overview 1. Introduction, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD2. Ethics Applied in Practice, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD3. Theoretical and Clinical Perspectives, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD & Kevin Andresen, MA4. Research on Efficacy and Outcomes, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD Part II: Clinical Factors 5. Timing and Decision-Making, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD, & Kevin Andresen, MA6. The Different Types of Self-Disclosure, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD & Kevin Andresen, MA7. Supervision and Training Considerations, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD Part III: Vulnerability Factors 8. Trauma, Physical Illness, and Mortality, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD9. Caucasian Therapists and Multicultural Clients, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD10. Sexuality, by Graham S. Danzer11. Mental Illness and Personality Disorders, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD, & Andrea Che, PhD12. Eating Disorders, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD13. Religion and Spirituality, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD14. Children and Adolescents, by Graham S. Danzer, Psy.D. & David Sugarbaker, MS MPH Part IV: Responding to Direct Client Inquiries 15. ‘So Why Did You Decide to Become a Therapist?’ By Devlin Jackson, MA and Barry A. Farber, PhD 16. ‘Are You a Christian?’, By Gerald E. Nissley Jr., PsyD17. ‘Are You in Recovery?’, By Graham S. Danzer, PsyD18. ‘Are You Gay?’, By Apryl A. Alexander, PsyD19. ‘You Don’t Know What I’m Talking About,’ By Barry A. Farber, PhD, and Devlin Jackson, MA Part V: Clinical Challenges 20. Chronically Traumatized Clients, by Tyson D. Bailey, PsyD21. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), by Gerald E. Nissley Jr., Psy.D.22. Forensic Settings, by Tobias Wasser, M.D., Daniel Papapietro, PsyD, & Reena Kapoor, MD23. Clients Who Have Been Harmed by Previous Therapists, by Tyson D. Bailey, PsyD24. Gender and Power Dynamics, by Ryan Barbeau, PsyD25. Suicide Risk Assessment, by Asha Wilkus-Stone, PsyD Part VI: Major Implications for Practitioners 26. Negative Consequences of Self-Disclosure: A Result of the Practitioner and Not the Technique, by Cristelle Audet, PhD27. There are Risks and Benefits of Non-Disclosure, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD28. Therapist Self-Disclosure: For Better *and* For Worse?, by Jennifer R. Henretty, PhD29. Therapists and Clients Agree on Most Aspects of TSD, But Not All, by Graham S. Danzer, PsyD30. Disclosure May Affect (Client Perceptions of) Therapist as Expert, by Cristelle Audet, PhD

About the Author

Graham S. Danzer, PsyD, is a graduate-affiliate of Alliant International University-California School for Professional Psychology (CSPP). He is the author/coauthor of 18 peer-reviewed articles, four full-length textbooks, and a textbook chapter in The Encyclopedia of Individual and Personality Differences. Dr. Danzer has also received 15 merit-based awards and commendations.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology