Self-Disclosure: Client, Counselor, or Both?

Self-disclosure, a pivotal aspect of communication, encompasses the sharing of personal information, particularly prevalent in counseling sessions where clients predominantly disclose. While tradition often dictates counselor restraint from self-disclosure to maintain focus on the client, contemporary perspectives suggest that judicious sharing can enhance the therapeutic alliance, provided it serves the client’s interests and is kept concise, thus fostering a balanced and constructive counseling dynamic.

Talking to Children about Gun Violence

In the aftermath of unsettling events like those witnessed during the recent Super Bowl celebration, parents face the challenging task of discussing violence with their children. However uncomfortable, these conversations are crucial in helping children process their emotions and understand the world around them. Encouraging open dialogue, offering reassurance, and modeling healthy coping strategies can provide the support children need to navigate through difficult times with resilience and hope.

The Importance of Validation

Validation is letting the other person know that you hear them by affirming their thoughts, feelings, or experience. Validation is not saying that they are right, wrong, or anything else. It allows the other person to feel that their lived experience is accepted.