Self-disclosure in counselling psychology practice : a qualitative study using abbreviated grounded theory techniques

Müller, Kristin (2019) Self-disclosure in counselling psychology practice : a qualitative study using abbreviated grounded theory techniques. Doctoral thesis, London Metropolitan University.

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This study explores counselling psychologists’ understanding of self-disclosure within the therapeutic context. The investigation seeks to explore what factors are involved in influencing counselling psychologists’ decisions to disclose and how disclosures and non-disclosures are managed. Salient literature in the field of therapist disclosure highlighted the need for continuing qualitative investigation into counselling psychologists' views and an overarching perspective to the complex decision-making process of using self-disclosures in therapy.

Four counselling psychologists were interviewed, using a semi-structured interview schedule. The transcribed interview data were analysed utilising abbreviated grounded theory techniques. A model was developed, that incorporates counselling psychologists’ considerations, when deciding whether to disclose and factors that influence this complex process. The findings can be incorporated into counselling psychology practice as well as training programs, for practitioners to reflect on their individual disclosure process. The findings were then discussed in relation to the existing literature with considerations for further research and the limits of the study

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Self-disclosure; counselling psychology practice; counselling psychologists
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & services; associations
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
Department: School of Social Sciences (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 17:09
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 17:09


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