Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 331–351 | Cite as

Self-of-the-Therapist Work: A Balance Between Removing Restraints and Identifying Resources

  • Tina M. Timm
  • Adrian J. Blow


The authors propose that self-of-the-therapist work is most productive when therapists and supervisors approach family of origin issues and historical life events in a balanced way and suggest that they move to an approach that ideally liberates restraints posed by self-of-the-therapist issues, while at the same time accesses resources available to therapists because of the same issues. This is a shift from the primarily restraint focus that has dominated self-of-the-therapist work. This paper also provides personal experiences of the authors, guidelines on how to create safety and balance, as well as practical examples of self-of-the-therapist exercises.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tina M. Timm
    • 1
  • Adrian J. Blow
    • 2
  1. 1.Saint Louis UniversitySt
  2. 2.Department of Counseling and Family TherapySaint Louis UniversitySt. Louis

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