Therapist Self-Expression

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 324–325. Reviews the book, Therapist Disclosure: The Use of Self in Psychotherapy by Myron F. Weiner (1978). This is an unusual book. It analyzes in a penetrating and interesting style an issue that every modern therapist must face-namely, the management and expression of his or her own personal feelings during the therapeutic transaction. Contemporary theory, research, and technique have all focused special attention upon the therapist's personal qualities as basic ingredients of the change process. On the clinical side, the author considers types and depths of disclosure in terms of indications and contraindications. He also provides specific discussions of these matters relative to adolescents, borderline cases, and groups. Every beginning therapist and most experienced ones would benefit from exposure to this treatise on the problems of disclosure and self-expression during the therapy hour. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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