Self-disclosures in research and psychotherapy

Workshop name : Self-disclosures in research and psychotherapy
Presenter Name and Surname: Adam Kincel
Workshop duration : 1 hr 30 min

Biography of presenter:

Adam Kincel is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer based in London. Adam has completed an MA in Gestalt Therapy at the Gestalt Centre London, a PgDip in the Psychodynamics of Human Development at the British Association for Psychotherapists and is currently completing a doctorate in Counselling & Psychotherapy at the University of Brighton. He is a trained social worker with experience managing a mental health housing project and a daycentre. He works therapeutically with groups and individuals, facilitates a group at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and teaches at Re-Vision Centre for Integrative Psychosynthesis and Instytut Terapii Gestalt in Kraków. Originally from Poland, Adam has developed a particular interest in diversity, working with immigrants, sexual and ethnic communities and in mental health.

Workshop presentation :

Increasingly researchers are including self-disclosures as a core part of research studies. With the researcher inescapably embedded in a social, political and cultural matrix, a study of her or his authenticity can provide important insights in qualitative research. Similarly in psychotherapy, the therapist is part of the field with his or her authentic memories, feelings and body sensations playing an important role in the therapeutic process. Although some of the therapeutic trainings do not put much emphasis on how to use self-disclosures, many therapists make occasional self-disclosures and share details about their personal lives, feelings and body sensations with clients.

The aim of this workshop is to raise awareness of how to use the therapist’s own experiences adequately in psychotherapy and research. From ethical considerations about bridging the public and the private, to a discussion on the various ways of disclosing therapist’s experiences and the consequences this may have, participants will be invited to share, experience and try various ways of authentic relating and self-disclosing.
Theoretically this workshop will present an integration of insights from qualitative research methodologies such as autoethnography and relational-centered research with relational psychotherapy. Since every statement about ourselves is also a statement about our relationships, an introduction to relational ethics will constitute a part of this workshop.

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