Self-disclosure: Reconciling psychoanalytic psychotherapy and alcoholics anonymous philosophy

Alissa J. Mallow

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Therapists working in the addictions field and practicing from a psychoanalytic psychodynamic framework are often confronted with the patient's need to know, the demand for therapist self-disclosure. Consistent with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA ) principles, many patients state that they cannot be helped unless the therapist is revealing of their personal background. This paper discusses the theoretical roots of therapist self- disclosure and the AA philosophy and offers suggestions for how the two might be reconciled.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-498
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • AA
  • Philosophy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Self-disclosure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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