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Pizer, A.S. (2016). Do I Have to Tell My Patients I’m Blind?. Psychoanal. Perspect., 13(2):214-229.

(2016). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 13(2):214-229

Do I Have to Tell My Patients I’m Blind?

Ari S. Pizer, M.A.

Self-disclosure has been discussed from many different perspectives. In this article, I explore yet another dimension of this expanding area of our literature: the disclosure of a therapist’s disability. I describe my own conflicts over how to talk about my visual impairment with patients—the result of a degenerative eye disease—in a way that respects the patient’s right not to know something about me. Using a clinical vignette, I describe how my ambivalence over this disclosure became enacted in my work with a college student, and how the eventual disclosure of my vision led to a greater establishment of intimacy in the therapy, and a generative experience that continues to ripple through my current work.

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