The role of therapist self-disclosure


Is it ever appropriate for therapists to talk about themselves with clients? Could it even be beneficial? Therapist self-disclosure is a topic infrequently discussed and researched, but one study showed that over 90% of therapists do self-disclose to some extent. In this podcast, Raj Persaud talks to clinical psychologist Anna Ruddle about the potential advantages of therapist self-disclosure.


Date published: 05 November 2015

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Anna Ruddle

Audio running time: 16 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • what constitutes self-disclosure in a therapeutic setting


  • the potential advantages and disadvantages of therapist self-disclosure


  • the different types of and approaches to self-disclosure


  • the available evidence base in this area.


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