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Self-disclosure: the invaluable grey area.

Warrender, Dan



Self-disclosure can be valuable in therapeutic relationships, though practitioners may feel apprehension around boundaries and worry what may be appropriate. This article asserts the importance of critical thinking around self-disclosure, emphasising that, whilst there is no clear ‘right and wrong’, what is necessary in professional practice is its carefully considered and purposeful use. Discussion using evidence and clinical examples is framed within a model that may be used to aid reflection on the use of self-disclosure within the therapeutic relationship. Self-disclosure is a grey area, though its use in mental health nursing can be invaluable.


WARRENDER, D. 2020. Self-disclosure: the invaluable grey area. British journal of mental health nursing [online], 9(2), pages 9-15. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 31, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 7, 2020
Publication Date Feb 2, 2020
Deposit Date Dec 6, 2019
Publicly Available Date Aug 3, 2020
Journal British journal of mental health nursing
Print ISSN 2049-5919
Electronic ISSN 2052-496X
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 9-15
Keywords Self-disclosure; Therapeutic use of self; Therapeutic relationships; Mental health nursing; Clinical supervision; Reflection
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