Using Spiritual Self-Disclosure in Psychotherapy
The purpose of this article is to outline a series of recommendations to aid therapists in developing and integrating spiritual self-disclosure into the therapeutic process. The authors introduce six categories of spiritual self-disclosure by adapting Well's (1994) and Kottler's (2003) categories of self-disclosure. Arguments for and against therapist self-disclosure are offered, along with underlying assumptions inherent to the use of self-disclosures that incorporate spiritual themes. Assumptions and recommendations for therapists that may facilitate clinically relevant, culturally sensitive, and ethical implementation of spiritual self-disclosure are offered. Case examples highlighting how therapists can integrate spiritual self-disclosures into clinical practice are also provided.
Journal of Psychology and Theology
Denney, R. M.,
Aten, J. D.,
Gingrich, F. C.
(2008). Using Spiritual Self-Disclosure in Psychotherapy. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 36(4), 294-302.
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