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Davis, J.T. (2002). Countertransference Temptation and the Use of Self-Disclosure by Psychotherapists in Training: A Discussion for Beginning Psychotherapists and Their Supervisors. Psychoanal. Psychol., 19(3):435-454.

(2002). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 19(3):435-454

Countertransference Temptation and the Use of Self-Disclosure by Psychotherapists in Training: A Discussion for Beginning Psychotherapists and Their Supervisors

J. Timothy Davis, Ph.D.

Most recent articles on self-disclosure have addressed advanced questions of theory and technique related to self-disclosure in psychoanalysis. This article, however, takes up issues related to the use of self-disclosure by psychotherapists in training. Rather than arguing categorically that beginning psychotherapists should or should not use self-disclosure, the focus here is on the factors influencing the decision of whether or not to make a self-disclosure. Illustrated by two case examples, it is argued that because of their relative lack of experience in working with transference and countertransference, beginning therapists are especially susceptible to the temptation to use self-disclosure and nondisclosure to close off—rather than to analyze—a patient's intense transference feelings.

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