I am writing an e-book on therapy profiles and in my counseling class yesterday came up with the exact header I was searching for: Self-Disclosure. I’ll write a lot more in the e-book on this topic, but I just wanted to give a few pointers here on the blog:
There is demographic vs intimate self disclosure, positive and negative self-disclosure. Which do you tend to do in therapy sessions and do you do any in your profile?
The profile statements should rarely include much about your various degrees, graduate schools, etc. That’s demographic information that doesn’t have a huge impact on your client. It’s perfectly fine to say what you are (social worker, licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist, professional counselor) but too many therapists go on and on with their resume details. Nobody cares and if they DO care, they’ll click through to your website and read the boring stuff in your “About” page. You’re wasting valuable time connecting with a prospective client by sharing boring, irrelevant information.
I’ve seen it all on therapy profiles! Self-disclosure is a theoretical or personal issue for therapists, but remember it’s very different to self-disclose in a session when you’ve built a relationship than “out there” online. It can be very strategic and important to self-disclose online but it’s important to remember a lot more people are reading your profile than will ever call you. What impression are you giving to your community?