Are You Married? Who Did You Vote For?: Guidelines for Therapist Self-Disclosure A Lecture by: Martha Heineman Pieper, Ph.D.

Therapist self-disclosure is a powerful technique that should never “just happen.” In contrast to most other psychotherapies, Inner Humanism does not take an ideological stance toward therapist self-disclosure – Inner Humanism neither prescribes it nor proscribes it – but rather tailors therapist self-disclosure to the specifics of the therapist-client relationship. Abundant case material will illustrate the guidelines therapists can use to make informed decisions about whether self-disclosure would or would not advance clients’ inner well-being and self-regulatory stability. “Self-disclosure” will include both non-discretionary forms of self-disclosure, such as the therapist’s illness, pregnancy, or retirement, and also discretionary forms of self-disclosure, such as positive or negative feelings toward the client, giving advice, or details about the therapist’s life and personal preferences. This presentation will also address and illustrate with case material guidelines for self-disclosure specific to the treatment of children and adolescents.