Self-Disclosure In A Helper Relationship

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When a helper “shares their own personal views or experiences with a client for the purpose of improving the client’s mental or emotional state” the helper has engaged in self-disclosure. (LoFrisco, 2012) Self-disclosure in a helper-client relationship can be used to build trust when used appropriately. It can also be used to “increase client self-disclosure…and establish a more equal relationship.” (Corey & Corey, 2014) In order to effectively use self-disclosure, one should proceed with caution, always critically evaluating what information is acceptable to disclose and which information is not. One way to ensure that self-disclosure is used appropriately is to “stay brief” and use “I” statements. (LoFrisco, 2012) This ensures that you do

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