A qualitative analysis of client perceptions of the effects of helpful therapist self-disclosure in long-term therapy.

  title={A qualitative analysis of client perceptions of the effects of helpful therapist self-disclosure in long-term therapy.},
  author={Sarah Knox and Shirley A. Hess and David A. Petersen and Clara E Hill},
  journal={Journal of Counseling Psychology},
Thirteen adult psychotherapy clients currently in long-term therapy were interviewed twice, with semistructured protocols, about their experiences with helpful instances of therapist self-disclosure. Data were analyzed with a qualitative methodology. Results indicated that helpful therapist self-disclosures (a) occurred when these clients were discussing important personal issues, (b) were perceived as being intended by therapists to normalize or reassure the clients, and (c) consisted of a… 

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