Hi Haley: Great question. I used to think that this would work well also but it is a dangerous compromise to overshare for the sake of getting a client to open up. Instead, there needs to remain some level of professionalism and readiness on the therapist's and client's behalf respectfully. Instead of sacrificing your personal information, examine why the client does not feel ready to open up. For instance, "When you do or say__________ I feel that you are not ready to open up, why is that?" I believe this will serve you and your practice much better. It is my belief that you can share minimally so that you won't have regrets later. Most often, the information that you share will be repeated to friends and family, often out of context, like in many "grapevine" scenarios. I recommend erroring on the side of caution and only share immediately and directly related stories from your life that can help to move the client forward and not distract from the growth process. Since you asked this question, I am confident that you have already been doing so and will continue to take great caution. Keep up the great work!
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