by Galen Phipps
(Blue River, Oregon, USA)
I was having a discussion with some colleagues the other day about when and how self-disclosure might be appropriate. Some said it was never appropriate, others said it has its benefits. Afterward it occurred to me that when I do have the urge to self-disclose in session is the point when I should wait and consider why I wanted to disclose. The fact is "Did the urge mean I had a point or example important for the client or was I focused on myself and out of balance at that moment?