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The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families$
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Moshe Almagor

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669554

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669554.001.0001

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The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families

Moshe Almagor

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.

Keywords:   self-disclosure, client, therapist, client–therapist relationship, therapeutic process

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