- Title Pages
- The Kybalion
- Part I The System
- 1 System: Nature, Role, Structure, and Communication
- 2 Dialectics
- 3 How the System Protects and Preserves Itself
- 4 System Development and Life Cycle
- 5 How the System Changes
- 6 Joining and Establishing Therapeutic Alliance
- 7 The Envelope: Joining
- 8 Disclosure
- 9 Resistance: Impeding and Facilitating Therapy
- 10 Functional Dialectic System View of Symptom and Psychopathology
- 11 Infidelity
- 12 Adolescent Suicide
- 13 Enrichment and Facilitation of Therapy
- 14 Ending Therapy and Follow-up
- Closing Comment
- Appendix: The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics
- Author Index
- Subject Index
- (p.117) 8 Disclosure
- The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families
- University of Minnesota Press
This chapter discusses the importance of self-disclosure between the therapist and the client in a therapeutic process. The therapist’s ability to understand the client’s situation is based on information shared by the client. However, when the client knowingly chooses not to share relevant information, the therapy may be less effective. On the other hand, therapist’s self-disclosure is important for the creation of an open, sincere, equal-level client–therapist relationship, and makes it possible to explore the more complex and sensitive dialectics. Self-disclosure is one of the most important features of the envelope because it ensures the uninterrupted flow of the therapeutic process.
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